"This book captures the gritty reality of the life of Brian 'The Skull' Murphy, almost the last of the 'old school' coppers. The legend of 'The Skull' lives on in this unique book."
-Robin Bowles, award-winning true crime writer, Australia's True Crime Queen
"A very compelling insight into the [Victorian] Police Force of yesterday ... I kept thinking of what Winston Churchill said in the British Parliament: The opposition occupies the benches in front of you, but the enemy sits behind you.""
-Les Twentyman; National youth advocate
A non-drinking, Catholic family man, The Skull didn’t fit the 1950s police mould and often found himself on the outer among his colleagues. Dodging crooks and corruption on both sides of the thin blue line, The Skull carefully cultivated a reputation for being a ‘mad bastard’. Over 40 men felt the sting of his bullets, and many more felt the sting of his fists.
But behind Australia’s toughest cop lay a personal secret of sexual abuse which Murphy shares publicly for the first time, in the hope that it will help others. This abuse formed the kind of police officer he later became — tough on the bad guys, but fiercely protective towards victims.
With today’s political correctness and strict rules of conduct, there will never be another big personality copper like Brian ‘The Skull’ Murphy. This is his story.