“ Former policeman McNab opened the casebook on up to 80 murders of gay men in Sydney from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, 30 of which are still unsolved. 'With his comprehensive inside knowledge, he ties these crimes together and paints a chilling picture of an ingrained culture of gay bashing. ”
Australian Crime Writers Association
Just before midnight in the summer of 1981, an anonymous male made a call to the emergency line 000 from a public telephone box. He’d found an unconscious man in the men’s toilet at the Collaroy Surf Club, but he didn’t wait around for the emergency services to arrive.
First on the scene was an ambulance crew from nearby Narrabeen, who found a man in his late ?fties face-down in the drain hole at the centre of the stainless-steel trough that lined one wall of the toilet. He was amid the beads that unsuccessfully tried to mask the smell of urine and provided target practice for generations of boys. The usual grate that covered the drain hole was missing, and the man’s face was torn by the rough welds where the trough met the drainpipe. What was immediately apparent was that the man had been viciously assaulted. There was damage to the back of his head and neck caused by repeated blows, and probably broken ?ngers. His breathing was ragged. The ambulance of?cers called for police assistance and acted quickly and carefully to extricate the man and take him to the emergency unit at Mona Vale District Hospital, just under six kilometres away.Continue Reading