An utterly compelling recreation of the events that led to one of the last executions in New Zealand. Albert Black, known as the 'jukebox killer', was only twenty when he was convicted of murdering another young man in a fight at a milk bar in Auckland on 26 July 1955. His crime fuelled growing moral panic about teenagers, and he was to hang less than five months later, the second-to-last person to be executed in New Zealand. But what really happened? Was this a love crime, was it a sign of juvenile delinquency? Or was this dark episode in our recent history more about our society's reaction to outsiders? Black's final words, as the hangman covered his head, were, 'I wish you all a merry Christmas, gentlemen, and a prosperous New Year.' This is his story.
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This Mortal Boy (Large Print 16pt) based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
It is the 1950’s in New Zealand and the country is struggling after World War II. Society is changing and teenagers are wrapped up in the bodgie and widgie cultures. People are looking down on them and blaming parents for not properly raising their children. During this time, immigrant Albert “Paddy” Black has moved to New Zealand. He is wrapped up in this culture and although quiet ends up stabbing Alan Jacques in the neck beside a jukebox, thus the name the Jukebox Killer sticks. This is a fictionalized account of Paddy’s life, the things he experienced, and so much more. We follow along with the politicians and police as he is convicted and how his case lead to Paddy being the second to last person being executed in New Zealand. I am from the States so I had no idea about Paddy and this murder. I admit that I had to look up what a bodgie and widgie was. But it was still a fascinating read since it seemed being an immigrant had more to do with the case than the facts. It was definitely a good read and one that I recommend checking out. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.