Born and bred in Melbourne, Alex Castles was an Emeritus Professor of Law and taught for more than thirty years at the University of Adelaide. A graduate of the Universities of Melbourne and Chicago, he was a long time radio and television broadcaster and the author or co-author of eight books on Australian law and history. In 1995 he published to wide acclaim The Shark Arm Murders, the true story of a macabre unsolved murder that occurred in the Sydney underworld of the 1930s. Alex died suddenly in December 2003 with the manuscript for Ned Kelly's Last Days all but complete.
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