The powerful true story of Donald Mackay's murder and the town that stood up to the MafiaTom Gilling Terry Jones
3 October 2019
Published by Allen & Unwin
‘Donald Mackay was not just an innocent victim tragically struck down by a criminal act. He was a casualty of the actual fight against organised crime … killed on active service, as it were … His name should never be forgotten, his passing must not be allowed to be in vain.’
The assassination of Donald Mackay was meant to solve a problem for the mafia. Instead it roused the law-abiding citizens of Griffith to fight against the powerful criminal elements who had made their town synonymous with drugs and murder.
Drawing on the personal diaries and memories of Terry Jones – who, as the editor of the local newspaper, knew everyone and heard everything – The Griffith Wars reveals startling new evidence about one of Australia’s most notorious unsolved murders. It also powerfully recounts the struggle for the soul of a country town still battling to shake off its criminal past.