The Hanged Man

Ronald Ryan was hanged in Melbourne on February 3, 1967 following his conviction for the shooting murder of a prison warder during his daring escape from the maximum-security Pentridge prison. Following Ryan's death, state governments moved to abolish the death penalty, and he became the last man to be hanged in Australia.

Mike Richards first became involved in the case as the leader of student protests against Ryan’s execution. Now he has written a masterly, compelling account that retrieves the individual and the drama at the centre of the most divisive capital case in Australia’s history.

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