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Author Simmonds, Alecia, author

Title Wild man / [Alecia Simmonds]
Published South Melbourne, VIC : Affirm Press, 2015
South Melbourne, Vic. : Affirm Press, 2015


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Description 260 pages ; 24 cm
regular print
Summary In April 2012 a man was shot dead by police on a remote farm in New South Wales called the School of Happiness. The victim, who was high on a cocktail of drugs and who suffered from mental illness, had been threatening attendees of a hippie festival with a crossbow and hunting knife. When the police finally arrived, they tried to subdue him but, ultimately, fatal shots were fired. In Wild Man Alecia Simmonds follows the coronial inquest into the police killing. She reveals what really happened that night and unravels the web of issues entangled in this fascinating, bizarre and, undoubtedly, tragic case: a cultural clash between hippies and hunters; drug use, violence, masculinity and psychosis. She asks how family members, as well as police, came to work on the frontline of mental health. This spectacular book is a clear-eyed look at some of the most pressing problems facing contemporary Australia
Analysis Australian
Notes Author is Alecia Simmonds
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 252-257)
Audience Adult
SUBJECT Pringle, Ryan -- Death
Pringle, Ryan, -2012 -- Death and burial
Subject Coroners -- Australia -- New South Wales.
Drug use -- Fiction
Drug use -- New South Wales
Mental illness -- Australia.
Mentally ill offenders -- Australia -- New South Wales -- Case studies.
Mentally ill -- Treatment.
Police shootings -- Australia -- New South Wales -- Case studies.
Police -- Australia.
Mental illness -- Australia -- New South Wales.
Police -- Australia -- New South Wales.
Genre/Form Case studies.
ISBN 9781922213686 (paperback)
Other Titles Wild man : the true story of a police killing, mental illness and the law