has had its share of sensational crimes
Murders, kidnappings and robberies, which have both fascinated and
horrified the public.
The exploits of the Stander Gang (1984),
for example, have recently been turned into a Hollywood film. But
do you know about the theft of the Oppenheimer jewels in 1955, the
notorious poisoner Daisy de Melker or Dorothea Kraft, the first
woman hanged in the Union of South Africa in 1921? Or what about
the murder of Baron von Schauroth (1961), which gave rise to a new
class of murder: murder on request. Or Donald Duncan Moodie (1961),
the only man in South African legal history to be tried, convicted
and sentenced twice for the same murder?
In Famous South
African Crimes, which covers the period from 1901-1988,
Rob Marsh takes a penetrating look behind the scenes and, based
on meticulous research, retells the enthralling stories of South
Africa’s most infamous criminals. To read or download the entire text
of this fascinating book, click on the book cover.
Africa: Fact, Fiction or Fable is an examination of Africa past and present. Meticulously researched, it includes details of Africa's 78 World Heritage Sites, its impressive civilisations, both ancient and modern, its powerful kingdoms, its extraordinary people and the astonishing cultures that have made the continent what it is today.
Jan 1988. A body is discovered in the Kruger National Park and Russel Kemp, disgraced and drug addicted Special Branch operative, now relegated to the Criminal Investigation Department at Phalaborwa police station, is dispatched to the crime scene.
What at first appears to be a simple case of suicide evolves quickly into something infinitely more sinister.
Before long, Kemp runs into trouble with the South African Defence Force. A terrible secret is about to be revealed - and there are those within the military who will stop at nothing to prevent him from completing his investigation...