On 4 July 1975, Juanita Nielsen set out on foot through the wintry streets of Sydney's red-light district. The chic heiress and newspaper publisher had a business meeting with a man called Eddie Trigg, a manager at the seedy Carousel Cabaret nightclub in Kings Cross.
The following day, Juanita was reported missing. She has not been seen since and her body has never been found. Despite two police investigations, a coronial inquest and a federal parliament inquiry, the mystery of Juanita Nielsen's disappearance remains unsolved. The most pressing question now is why?
Killing Juanita is an unflinching examination of this cold case and its key protagonists, not least Juanita Nielsen. An ardent campaigner fighting the proposed demolition of historic houses in the Cross, she was a thorn in the side of a powerful property developer with links to notorious crime bosses.
Winner of the 2004 Ned Kelly Award for True Crime and now revised and updated with new information, Killing Juanita is a compelling story of greed, corruption, dirty politics and cover-ups. It finally puts to rest decades of speculation, providing the definitive answer that authorities never could or would.
Peter Rees is a former investigative journalist and Australia's leading expert on the Juanita Nielsen case. He has had a long career as a journalist covering federal politics and as an author specialising in Australian military history.
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