Published: April 2019
It was a crime spree like no other. One of the great double acts in Australian criminal
history led police on a merry chase for more than two years. And all the time police
thought they were chasing one man.
There were two, maybe three stickups a month but only in the colder months.
Country TABs and banks were always hit near closing time with the After Dark
Bandit then disappearing into the bush. No clues, no leads, no hope.
It wasn't until the gig was up - thanks to the unflinching bravery of a couple of oldschool
country coppers (one who almost died) that police discovered that the After Dark Bandit was both public enemy no.1 and no.2!
Double Trouble chronicles the journey of Peter and Doug Morgan and their notorious
dad who taught them how to build houses and steal stuff. So many twists and turns
along the way, including the startling revelation that the only time the identical twins ever got along was when they were doing holdups.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS Geoff Wilkinson retired from daily journalism after 43 years in
the media, working in newspapers, television and as founding Media Director of Victoria Police. While working for the police between 1981-89 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship, and in 1987 established Australia's first Crime Stoppers program. He was a board member of Crime Stoppers
Victoria for 18 years, is a life member of Crime Stoppers Victoria and was also a foundation member of the Blue Ribbon Day Council. In 2008, he was awarded an Order Of Australia medal for community service. Shortly after his retirement from full-time journalism in 2012 he was appointed to the board of Victoria's Sentencing Advisory Council, a position he held for the next
six years. In September 2014, he was appointed a community member of the Adult Parole Board, and was reappointed for another three-year term in 2018. He is the co-author of Mugshots 1.
A journalist of more than 40 years standing (although for journos, it's mostly sitting), Ross Brundrett honed his craft in the western suburbs of Melbourne at The Footscray Mail and Western Times before going on to work as a sub-editor at The Herald, then as a senior reporter, feature writer and columnist for newspapers such as the Sunday Press, The Sun and, for almost 25 years, the Herald Sun, where he shared a Quill award with wife Robyn Riley for their He Said, She Said column which ran for seven years. He still writes a regular column in the Weekend section of the Saturday Herald Sun and has also written a year book for his beloved Western Bulldogs and contributed a chapter to the coffee table book, The Story Of The Melbourne Cup.
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