Brothers: Justice, Corruption and the Mickelbergs
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When somebody swindled the Perth Mint out of gold worth more than half a million dollars, local police thought they had the culprits. The Mickelberg brothers, Ray, Peter and Brian, were their prime suspects. Already accused of defrauding millionaire Alan Bond by manufacturing a phony gold nugget, the Mickelbergs were tried and convicted despite the fact that the gold was never found.
For more than 28 years Australia watched as the Mickelbergs fought to prove their innocence. Brothers is a gripping account of a courtroom drama that titillated the public during an era of crooked cops and corporate fraud. Along the way Brian Mickelberg lost his life in a mysterious aircraft crash and two corrupt officers met violent and untimely ends.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
‘Brothers will appeal to readers of true crime lawyers law students and anyone interested in our legal system.’ Books+Publishing
‘Nothing can spin a better story than history itself and Brothers is a prime example of this … the plot couldn’t have been more gripping if someone had made it up.’ Oil and Gas Review
‘Antonio Buti’s well-researched and detailed book paints a damning picture of dodgy police practices over decades and few people in the case come out smelling of roses. Compelling reading …’ West Australian
‘… this is a compelling story.’ The Advertiser