Australia's Most Murderous Prison: Behind the Walls of Goulburn Jail

Australia s Most Murderous Prison Behind the Walls of Goulburn Jail BEHIND THE WALLS OF GOULBURN JAILAn unprecedented spate of murders in the s seven in just three years earned Goulburn Jail the ominous name of The Killing Fields Inmates who were sentenced or tran

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  • Title: Australia's Most Murderous Prison: Behind the Walls of Goulburn Jail
  • Author: James Phelps
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • BEHIND THE WALLS OF GOULBURN JAILAn 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 coBEHIND THE WALLS OF GOULBURN JAILAn 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.

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    1. Supermax prison was built within the walls of the Goulburn Jail to house the most evil and depraved of human criminals – the then Premier of NSW, Bob Carr opened it to much controversy. But the murders which occurred across Goulburn Jail in the 1990s meant something quite obviously needed to be done. Racial problems within the prison between the Aboriginals, Lebanese and Muslims to name a few were the cause of the intense hatred – the shower blocks were where the majority of the murders occu [...]

    2. Riveting and insightful, this book is a real eye opener into what actually goes on in a real [Australian] prison is dangerous.Lots of historical references as well as current affairs, this is a really fascinating and often unsettling look inside of one of Australia's most dangerous prisons, as well as referencing some of Australia's most dangerous prisoners, past and present.Highly recommended 5★sWith thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for my copy to read and review.

    3. A book where the title is utterly unambiguous, AUSTRALIA'S MOST MURDEROUS PRISON is about Goulburn Jail. It refers to events in the jail as much as many of it's inmates crimes. It is also provides a brief history of the construction, background and management of the jail, where the worst of NSW inmates invariably end up.Written in a light style that initially might seem almost irreverent, it works incredibly well when it comes to relating many of the events that occur within the jail, and in par [...]

    4. I didnt know that much about Goulbour Jail so thanks to the Author for a great story.This was an easy to read book and I am so glad the people like that are locked away.The story tells us about not only the prisoners but also the inmate violence that happens, the wardens and the running of the jail.This book is not my normal kind of book to read but i enjoyed it alot.Thank you netgalley and the Author for a chance to read this book if not i might of missed it.

    5. Note: This book and review contains large amounts of course language, and topics of violence and sexual assault/rape. Although I haven't read a great deal of true crime non-fiction, I do love it. And from my experience so far, all the good stuff has been from the UK or the US. So when I started this Australian gem I was so so happy. And Mr James Phelps has now added a number of crime books to my TBR. This book is not for the faint-hearted. There is a lot of swearing (note, however, that a large [...]

    6. 3.5Very sensationalist. Phelps' personal opinions cone through quite strongly. But still a quick, entertaining read.

    7. (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)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 [...]

    8. Goulburn Jail is the toughest jail in Australia and Australian journalist and author James Phelps did a thorough job of convincing this reader that it's a hell on earth in Australia's Most Murderous Prison - Behind the Walls of Goulburn Jail.Gaining unprecedented access to prison staff (some of whom asked to remain anonymous), Phelps has lifted the lid on racial clustering, murder, rape, the rampant drug trade and despicable behaviour that goes on inside the country's toughest prison.I was surpr [...]

    9. 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 de [...]

    10. Review originally published at Book of Bogan.Few of us have a particularly good idea about what goes on behind the walls of the average prison - and most of us would like to keep it that way. In Australia's Most Murderous Prison, James Phelps takes the reader behind the walls of Goulburn Jail, through the eyes of the officers who stand guard over some of the most dangerous and notorious criminals.To the average reader, particularly those outside New South Wales, the name Goulburn Jail might not [...]

    11. The book was betty insightful. To look into the lives of officers who risk their lives everyday protecting us from the horrible people that live in Goulburn Jail. And then there is learning about the inmates, and it makes me feel safe knowing that they are locked up away from the community. Reading what what some of the supermax inmates and the privileges they are getting, they shouldn't even be entitled to any of those privileges, they made their choice. And it was heart breaking to read about [...]

    12. A very intriguing book that allowed me to feel like I was a fly on the wall of Australia's most murderous prison. It's not filled with generalised facts and opinions but in-depth stories and experiences, many told verbatim. The book also serves as a worthy asset for anyone researching true crime in Australia, partially because it involves notable criminals such as Ivan Milat and Bilal Skaf. It was a voyeuristic perspective of a place I intend to never see. The one issue I have with this book tho [...]

    13. A lot of the time, once the publicity of the trial and sentencing fade from memory we never give another thought to the newly convicted prisoner. However James Phelps' book reveals in sometimes bold and graphic detail what prison life is like - for the inmates and the men and women who guard them.There are some tales that are horrifying, some amusing, some grotesque. There are anecdotes that made me laugh, made me shudder, and some that made me inwardly cheer (hint: reference to 'I'm A Celebrity [...]

    14. I'm giving it three stars for the information only. The writing is pretty poor, and often juvenile. The author sees fit to include sound effects that would be better suited to a comic book and cheapens the writing even further. It's the kind of sensationalist stuff you'd expect from a Daily Telegraph reporter, the author inserting his own opinions wherever possible. An interesting subject marred by cack handed writing.

    15. Fascinating insight behind the walls of a prison. Enjoyed the snippets of stories of well known criminals. The book did finish abruptly. I was looking for the next chapter and the book was done!

    16. Some interesting facts, but the author is quite condescending at times which was off putting. There was lots of this bits, but not enough detail on some interesting elements. If you like true crime it's worth a look.

    17. I received this arc from Netgalley. This was a pretty good read, that I enjoyed. No way to say that without sounding somewhat like a ghoul, butill enjoyed it. Very informative and detailed. The only gripe I had was the way the prisoners' DOB order changed from one prisoner to the next. Example: prisoner #1 DOB will be mm/dd/year. Prisoner #2's will be dd/mm/ year. Just a small gripe that overall doesn't majorly affect the book. All in all a good book.

    18. Goulburn Jail is reputed to be one of Australia's most violent and dangerous prisons and this book leaves the reader in doubt about that. It’s a sensationalist but accurate (as far as I can tell) exploration of the prison, its guards and inmates and the frequent mayhem that erupts there. Fascinating reading, eye-opening and often shocking. Well-paced and well-researched, I did become increasingly irritated by the style however. The author seems to feel that an overuse of onomatopoeia will add [...]

    19. Goulburn, Australia’s most notorious jail for the most depraved prisoners is unveiled in comprehensive detail by journalist James Phelps. An easy to read format takes the reader on a journey through the history and management of the prison. Phelps takes an in depth account into the day to day occurrences in this institution. The book, divided neatly into nine sections, covers topics such as contraband, racial segregation in the jail and looks as treatment of well known prisoners such as Ivan M [...]

    20. Gruesome? Oh yes. Give up any preconceptions around what you think goes on inside the walls of a gaol, because the reality is far more brutal. Admittedly this particular gaol houses some of our most sociopathic criminals; the kind where you learn about them and what they've done, then breathe a sigh of relief that they're incarcerated. The book also gave me a renewed respect for the people whose job it is to keep these criminals behind the bars as well as help prevent them from killing each othe [...]

    21. Not written well. There were so many awkward parts to read in this. So many. One really annoying bit; the author uses the phrase "Let's meet them now" A few too many times at the end of chapters, like its being read to us by Noni Hazelhurst. And then it just ends, abruptly like a newspaper article, and they ran out of information. That said, I do now have great intell on the gaol (the spelling the author didn't use) layout, how to launder money and get drugs and porn into there if I so wish.

    22. Written by a reporter, this book does read a lot like random interviews and articles which were pretty boring until around half way through, which for me, was when the book started to flow more. The first half of the book didn't gel together as well. All in all there is some interesting information about Goulburn Jail and Supermax. But it wasn't as great a read as it was hyped up to be in the media for me

    23. Started reading this book last night and could not put it down. I had wathed James Phelps' interview on his book when it was first released however had to wait for my husband to finish reading it to pick it up. Very graphic and though I am sure there is much more that could of been said in the book, it definitely opens the eyes to what both prisoners and officers go through on a daily basis and gave me shivers and the appreciation that I am on this side of Goulbourn Jail.

    24. An easy to read book, that makes me glad these people are locked away. The author uses his skills as a journalist to make it read like newspaper stories. Each part compelling. As I drive down to Goulburn I look across the old cemetery where Hume is buried to the grey walls beyond. Always wondered what lay within, now I have some idea. What a horrid place to be or to work.

    25. Easy to read, but I felt some stories could've been fleshed out a little more. One gripe though, it didn't seem to flow very well at times, and each chapter, and indeed the book itself, seemed to finish rather abruptly.

    26. This book was a look into a super max prison. The daily jobs of staff and prisoners was described. It was extremely graphic,violent and racist. Don't think I would read another book like it.I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

    27. Extremely interesting read.After reading about Long Bay I thought reading this would naturally come next. I just couldn't put this book down. Some chilling information in regards to who is in Supermax even chillier is the thought of their escape!!!!

    28. Sure it reads a little like the Daily Mail but there are some interesting - if somewhat sensationalised - stories here.

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