Crime and courts editor, The Courier-Mail and Sunday Mail. Author, The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay, (December 1, 2014). Email:

Gay or lazy, mates cop it from Gold Coast Police officer’s prickly pen

The Courier-Mail

Tensions rise on Gold Coast between frontline police and RAP squad — TENSIONS are escalating ­between Gold Coast police as frontline officers accuse a new taskforce, which stars in its own reality TV show, of hand-picking jobs and not pulling their weight. General duties officers have raised concerns with senior police about the workload and procedures of the RAP squad - Rapid Action and Patrols - which last year starred in the new Channel 10 show Gold Coast Cops.

Stabbing victim Ruth Dodd urged to flee her home — TOWNSVILLE grandmother Ruth Dodd was living in fear of her own family before being brutally murdered in her heavily-fortified home. Relatives have revealed they warned the well-known community volunteer to flee after threats and harassment from some family members.

Police call for public’s help on murder — Police today appealed for public assistance over the stabbing murder of the 71-year-old, who was found dead in the Dalrymple Rd, Heatley home at 2.20pm Friday. NORTH QLD: Woman slain in own home Northern Regional Crime Coordinator Detective Acting Superintendent Cheryl Scanlon said police wanted to speak to anyone who saw the murdered woman's car - a blue Holden Astra hatchback - in Townsville yesterday.

The Making of a Perfect Speech, Courtesy of Martin Luther King, Jr. — On its face, it seems somehow glib to try to draw practical lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s " I Have a Dream " speech, delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Aug. 28, 1963. This speech transcended speechwriting and speech-giving technique. This speech was magic, spiritual, history-making.

True crime Queensland: Police call Wendy Darvill’s disappearance ‘the perfect murder’ — He was dazed and confused and dishevelled. It was 2003. Just over seven years had passed since his wife Wendy vanished into thin air, and his bizarre appearance and behaviour around the anniversary set off alarm bells at Brisbane's police headquarters. What was he doing wandering around the rocky bushland in the 52ha Seven Hills reserve?

The Courier-Mail — THE families of the four young men who died in the botched home-insulation program could receive taxpayer-funded compensation before Christmas, with the Federal Government to today appoint a negotiator to arrange settlements. Home-insulation installers who were driven out of business when the former Rudd Government abandoned the scheme after the deaths will also soon be in line for compensation.

Queensland police taking second jobs to make ends meet — The diverse sidelines are revealed in documents released under Right to Information laws, showing more than 450 officers are working second jobs. SECOND JOBS: Fireys and ambos in same boat Officers are switching uniforms to toil as greenkeepers, builders and gardeners, the documents show.

The Courier-Mail — A CABBIE has tried to make a dramatic citizen's arrest of an illegal Uber driver as a street war over passenger fares heats up. The taxi industry says the attempted arrest is a sign of frustrations boiling over as Uber flouts a ban on operating in Queensland.
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Jan 21, 2015

.@EoinBlackwell Worth digging out that notebook I'd imagine, or better yet a pic if there is one.

Jan 21, 2015

Curious line about a washing machine repair van in this September story on William Tyrell by @EoinBlackwell

Jan 21, 2015

RT @couriermail: UPDATE: Man whose house is being searched for #WilliamTyrell is a tradie due at boy's grandma's the day he vanished

Jan 20, 2015

RT @KateKyriacou: She was known as the Longreach Cinderella. The 100 year old murder story of a young girl and her cruel parents.…

Jan 11, 2015

RT @seanparnell: If you're intrigued by the Baden-Clay case on #60Minutes read the great book by @TheMurrayD 'The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay' #truecrime

Jan 11, 2015

RT @danielle_binks: Heartbreaking #60Minutes on the murder of Allison Baden-Clay. For more, I highly recommend @TheMurrayD's book:

Jan 11, 2015

Toni McHugh - "I loved Gerard Baden-Clay unconditionally". He told her the same, then at trial said it was a real estate joke.

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