“The Case Of The Rabbit-Proof Fence Murder”

“The Case Of The Rabbit-Proof Fence Murder”

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THE TRUE CASE THIS STORY IS BASED ON: Arthur Upfield is one of Australia’s lesser-known writers, but he has a loyal group of readers who love his stories, especially those featuring Detective Napoleon “Bony” Bonaparte. Upfield’s books blend Australian culture and landscapes with intriguing mysteries. While working as a boundary rider for the Western Australian government, Upfield maintained the Rabbit-proof fence, a long barrier built to keep rabbits out of farmland. During this time, he struggled to think of a way to make a body disappear without leaving a trace for his new detective novel. His friend George Ritchie suggested burning the body and sifting the ashes to remove any evidence. Months later, three men went missing, and the police discovered that one of them, “Snowy” Rowles, had used Ritchie’s method to dispose of the bodies. They found clues in the ashes, like bones and a wedding ring, leading to Rowles’ capture. Upfield used this real-life case to write “The Sands of Windee,” where his character Bony solves a similar mystery. This book, along with his others, earned Upfield recognition and established him as a significant figure in Australian mystery literature.

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Kaushik Patowary at AmusingPlanet.com: https://weirddarkness.tiny.us/2u6m24y8
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Originally aired: June 09, 2024

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