Bondi's underbelly: The 'gay gang murders'

Davis, Kristen (2007). Bondi's underbelly: The 'gay gang murders'. In: Naomi Stead, Conference Proceedings: Queer Space: Centres and Peripheries. Queer Space: Centres and Peripheries, Sydney, Australia, (). 20-21 February 2007.

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Author Davis, Kristen
Title of paper Bondi's underbelly: The 'gay gang murders'
Conference name Queer Space: Centres and Peripheries
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 20-21 February 2007
Proceedings title Conference Proceedings: Queer Space: Centres and Peripheries
Place of Publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher The University of Technology, Sydney
Publication Year 2007
Sub-type Fully published paper
Editor Naomi Stead
Total pages 7
Language eng
Abstract/Summary During the late 1980s and early 1990s, on the Bondi-Tamarama walkway and the Marks Park beat bordering it, there were a series of murders and disappearances of (presumed) gay men. These crimes – dubbed the ‘gay gang murders’ – remained, largely, unsolved for more than a decade when they became the subject of a police investigation and coronial inquest. In this paper I will argue that the site of the murders is crucial in helping to explain the lack of public mourning at the time over the deaths and disappearances of ‘gay’ men from this location. I argue that due partially to the physical location of the murders, the men were produced as non-grievable subjects, to which any public mourning was inexplicable.
Subjects 20 Language, Communication and Culture
2002 Cultural Studies
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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