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Public Enemies

Public Enemies

by Mark Dapin

In the Australia of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, armed robbers were the top of the criminal food chain. Their dash and violence were celebrated, and men like Russell 'Mad Dog' Cox and Ray Denning were household names long before Underbelly established Melbourne's gangland thugs as celebrities.

Format
Paperback
Category
Non-Fiction
Publisher
Allen & Unwin
Publish Date
August 2020

Cox and Denning were once Australian Public Enemies Number One and Two. Both were handsome, charismatic bandits who refused to bow to authority. Both were classified as 'intractable' in prison, and both escaped. Cox was the only man to escape from Katingal, Australia's only supposedly escape proof jail. Soon after he broke out, he tried to break in again and rescue his mates. Their story is one of violence and crime, but it is also about the unimaginable horrors that young boys faced when condemned to institutions in the 1960s, and the terrible conditions in Australian jails in the 70s and 80s. These were the hells where a whole generation of armed robbers was forged.

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