How a famous cold case, a deadly fire and a quest for justice finally brought down one of Australia’s worst killers

University of Queensland Press | 19 March 2019| $32.95 | C-Format Paperback

‘He takes you in the middle of the night, like an angel, and you’re gone for good.’—Witness at Vincent O’Dempsey’s committal hearing for murder, 2015.

In 2017, Vincent O’Dempsey was sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murders of Barbara McCulkin and her two young daughters. It took over 40 years to bring him to justice. Feared for decades by criminals and police alike, O’Dempsey associated with convicted underworld figures and has been linked to a string of haunting cold cases, including the deadly Whiskey au Go Go nightclub firebombing that killed 15 innocent people.

Award-winning investigative journalist Matthew Condon has interviewed dozens of ex-cons, police and witnesses to put together a compelling picture of the calculating killer who spent his life evading the law before he was finally brought to justice.

The Night Dragon is the first book detailing the astonishing rise and fall of convicted killer Vincent O’Dempsey, award-winning investigative journalist and novelist, Matthew Condon, delivers a gripping new stand-alone.

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  1. Laura on August 2, 2020

    So many errors … His ex wife had more to do with the the end of his pot plantion .. she married a cop they brought him down .. So much more lefty out

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