Murder at Dusk

Murder at Dusk 1

How US Soldier and Psychopath Eddie Leonski Terrorised Wartime Melbourne

by Ian W. Shaw

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 26/06/2018

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Far away from any World War II battlefront, the citizens of Melbourne were living in terror of a serial killer - the Brownout Strangler.

May 1942, Melbourne is torn between fearing Japanese invasion and revelling in the carnival atmosphere brought by the influx of American servicemen. But it is a city that would be gripped by terror - a serial killer is on the loose in the darkened streets, and three women have already been brutally strangled. The killer is an American soldier, Eddie Leonski, who has a twisted fascination with female voices . . . especially when they are singing.

After an intense manhunt, Leonski is arrested then tried in Melbourne and hanged at Pentridge Gaol. Acclaimed author Ian W. Shaw brings World War II Melbourne to life, and takes us into the mind of the Brownout Strangler, and a very different kind of war experience.

'enthralling . . . makes for a fascinating read.' Canberra Times on Ian W. Shaw's The Rag Tag Fleet

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Ian W. Shaw

Ian W. Shaw is the author of five books: The Bloodbath, On Radji Beach, Glenrowan, The Ghosts of Roebuck Bay and The Rag Tag Fleet.

The Bloodbath was nominated for a Victorian Premier's Literary Award and was shortlisted in the Local History category.

Ian is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and holds postgraduate degrees from Monash University and the University of Michigan.

After ten years as a secondary school teacher, Ian worked in the Commonwealth public service and private enterprise for three decades, and is an expert on security issues. He lives in Canberra.

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    Extremely well researched, excellent reading..

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