Australia’s Most Murderous prison by James Phelps #review


Title: Australia’s Most Murderous Prison

Author: James Phelps

Series:Stand alone

Publisher: Random House Australia

Source: provided by Publisher and Netgalley for review

Release Date: July 16 2015

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An unprecedented spate of murders in the 1990s – seven in just three years – earned Goulburn Jail the ominous name of ‘The Killing Fields’. Inmates who were sentenced or transferred to the 130-year-old towering sandstone menace declared they had been given a death sentence.

Gang alliances, power plays, contracted hits, the ice trade, the colour of your skin – even mistaken identity – any number of things could seal your fate.

The worst race war in the history of Australian prisons saw several groups – Aboriginal, Lebanese, Asian, Islander and Anglo – wage a vicious and uncontrollable battle for power. Every day there were stabbings. Every day there were bashings. And then there was murder

A controversial policy known as ‘racial clustering’ might have put an end to the Killing Fields, but soon something far scarier would arise, something called Supermax . . . Within the stark white walls, clinical halls and solitary confinement, it is where Australia’s most evil men are locked away. It is home to serial killer Ivan Milat; the ‘Terror Five’, militants who plotted attacks across Sydney in 2005; Brothers 4 Life founder Bassam Hamzy and gang rapist Bilal Skaf, to name a few.

Murderers, terrorists, serial killers, gangsters and rapists – soon you will meet them all inside Australia’s most murderous prison.

My Thoughts


Australia’s Most Murderous Prison is a compelling story surrounding the history of Australia’s Goulburn Jail.  I wasn’t sure how I would like this book as I easily get nightmares from true crime stories, and with this based in Australia makes it really creepy. But the way James narrates isn’t terrifying it is more the insight into monsters lives after they have been caught which is more pathetic and sad than scary.

The narration by James is spot on he describes the life of inmates in wonderful detail and at times he is extremely humorous.

The History of Goulburn Jail is an amazing one from racial segregation, the killing fields where the most murders happened, to how Australia’s most evil men such as Ivan Milat live now craving attention in the Supermax prison.

This is a great book looking into the history of Australian prisons and I would love more books on others around Australia, I highly recommend this book for any history and true crime buffs but as well anyone who would like an insight into the lifestyles of Australian criminals after they have been caught.



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