Murder At Dusk
Ian W. Shaw
Rating: 3 / 5
Murder At Dusk is the narrative non-fiction account of Eddie Leonski, who came to be known as the Brownout Strangler.
Leonski was an American serviceman based in Australia at the beginning of America’s involvement in the war in the Pacific. He was tried, convicted and executed for the murder of three women in Melbourne in May 1942. Shaw describes Leonski as a man who “always craved being the centre of attention, always wanted the spotlight to shine his way, even if that spotlight was searching for a psychopathic killer”.
Murder At Dusk is not a ‘light’ book but it is well written, easy to read with detailed accounts of the murders and the trial. Those with an interest in the social history of this period will find it fascinating.