Pub. Date:
Barrenjoey Road

Barrenjoey Road


View All Available Formats & Editions
Usually ships within 1 week


Bordered on one side by the glistening blue of the Pacific, hemmed by pristine sandy coves, and on the other by the rugged bushland of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, it was the kind of place where everyone knew everyone. No wonder the area was known as 'the Insular Peninsula'. So. when popular local 18-year-old Trudie Adams disappeared one night while hitchhiking home from the surf club dance, her family, friends and community were devastated. It just seemed wrong that something so terrible could happen in a place so picturesque. But as police began to investigate, the underbelly of the peninsula was exposed. It was a place where surfers ran drugs home from Bali, teenagers hitchhiked everywhere due to a lack of public transport, predatory men prowled the streets, and countless young women were abducted and raped, crimes rarely reported or. if they were, rarely investigated. Inspired by the Walkley A ward-short listed #1 podcast and acclaimed ABC TV series, and containing information never previously revealed, Barrenjoey Road is a compelling expose of why the disappearance of Trudie Adams was never solved. It takes us all the way to the top -from a criminal perpetrator with a lifelong record and links to organised crime who was never formally accused, to police corruption at the highest level.

Related collections and offers

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780733340468
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/27/2021
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Walkley Award-winning investigative journalist Neil Mercer has been a broadcast and print journalist for more than 40 years. He has reported in the Canberra bureau of The Sydney Morning Herald and for News Corp in New York. In 1988 he joined the ABC's Four Corners, where he won a Walkley for his profile of convicted Whiskey Au Go Go killer James Finch. He has worked on Seven Network current affairs program Witness and Nine's 60 Minutes. He is the author of Fate, about the Belanglo State Forest murders.

Ruby Jones is an award-winning broadcast and digital journalist. Her stories have appeared on the ABC's flagship TV current affairs programs 7.30 and Lateline. She has worked as the news host of triple j's breakfast program, and for the ABC's national reporting team.

Table of Contents

Map of area around Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park ix

Prologue: Two Days in March 1971 1

Part 1

Chapter 1 The Day of the Dance 9

Chapter 2 Wireless Message 31 16

Chapter 3 Rumours and Sightings 25

Chapter 4 The Search 33

Chapter 5 Women Come Forward 42

Chapter 6 The Showground Ranger 51

Chapter 7 Hot on the Heels 58

Chapter 8 The Mattress 65

Chapter 9 The Net Closes In 71

Chapter 10 The Narcs 78

Chapter 11 The Man with the Machine Gun 88

Chapter 12 A Jail Confession 97

Chapter 13 The Grave 104

Part 2

Chapter 14 A Life of Crime 115

Chapter 15 Lawyers, Guns and Oxy Bottles 125

Chapter 16 Tony Yelavich Disappears 134

Chapter 17 Neville Makes a Friend 145

Chapter 18 At Home with Neville 158

Chapter 19 Hopes Raised 167

Chapter 20 A Reward for Neville 179

Chapter 21 The Yelavich Connection 194

Chapter 22 Downfall 203

Chapter 23 A Mountain of Rice 212

Part 3

Chapter 24 The Connection 223

Chapter 25 The Inquest 240

Chapter 26 I'm No Angel 254

Chapter 27 The Evidence 269

Chapter 28 Dozens of Predators 290

Chapter 29 Trudie's Whale Stone 299

Notes on Sources 303

Acknowledgements 305

Customer Reviews