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Once a Copper: The Life and Times of Brian ‘The Skull’ Murphy Kindle Edition
"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
About the Author
- ASIN : B079LYSSW2
- Publisher : Wild Dingo Press (1 March 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 1062 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 291 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 104,274 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Brian ‘The Skull’ Murphy, is a long-retired police officer but journalists regularly beat a path to his door. Once known as Australia’s toughest cop, The Skull was both charged with manslaughter (and acquitted), then awarded a Valour Award for bravery in the line of duty.
A non-drinking, Catholic family man, Brian did not fit the accepted mould of a 1950’s police officer and he didn’t care. Over 40 men fell to his bullets, and more felt his fists.
Australia’s toughest cop, for the first time, shares a personal secret of sexual abuse, in the hope that it will help others. It was this abuse that made Brian the type of police officer he became: tough on the criminals but with empathy and a great feeling of protection towards the victims.
‘Once a Copper’ is an excellent book, written with the full co-operation of Brian Murphy, and well-researched by Vikki Petraitis, who is Australia’s foremost true-crime writer.