1889 days, 0 hours since SheKilda 2011 - Australian Women Crime Writers' Convention

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Robin Bowles


Robin Bowles is a true crime writer.

In 1996 Robin read a newspaper report about the alleged suicide of Victorian country housewife Jennifer Tanner. Guessing there might be a book in the 'story behind the news' she closed her PR consultancy for a year and wrote her first book, Blind Justice (now in its eight reprint).  She's written a best-seller almost every year since, including the definitive books on the Jaidyn Leskie murder, Justice Denied, and the disappearance and alleged murder of British tourist Peter Falconio, Dead Centre.

During her new career as an investigative writer, she also obtained a university diploma to qualify her as a private inquiry agent. Widely recognised as Australia's foremost true crime writer, Robin lives in Melbourne with her husband, Clive.


Jeffrey Gilham was finally found guilty, in 2008, for the 1993 murder of his parents.  Robin Bowles looks at high-profile cases to find out what happens when the Australian justice system gets it wrong. The outback disappearance of English tourist Peter Falconio; and the subsequent murder trial, despite no body being found. Robin Bowles was the only writer to interview the convicted murderer, Bradley John Murdoch. When parents abduct their own children – stories of ‘left-behind parents’, the abducters, and the ‘retrievers’ who work to return the kids.
Was it euthenasia, murder, or act of God? The  story behind the death of West Australian antique dealer Freeda Hayes. An investigation into the death of Moe toddler Jaidyn Leskie. When the body of transexual Adele Bailey is found in a Bonnie Doon mine, the case raised questions about a notorious cop and the Tanner ‘suicide’. A bizarre tangle of police bungles, cover-ups, and family intrigue after the death of Bonnie Doon housewife Jennifer Tanner.


Participating in these panels....
In the Face of Evil Sun, 10/09/2011 - 11:00am
Turning the Tables Sun, 10/09/2011 - 9:30am
Writing for Justice Sat, 10/08/2011 - 11:45am