15 Feb 2012, Comments (2)

Nice University you’ve got there, shame if anything was to happen to it

Author: Helen

Today it was reported that police are searching near Cann River for the body of a teenage girl who was abducted in 1992. One of the “persons of interest” in that case is Craig Minogue, one of the nasties responsible for the Russell St Bombing.

Months before the bombing, one of the key planners, Craig Minogue, warned that if anyone spoke to the police he would kill them and their families, pointedly telling Hetzel’s de facto wife, Julie: ”It would be a shame if anything happened to your sweet little Prue, wouldn’t it?”
The girl was eight at the time.
Police say Minogue made a similar threat on at least one other occasion.

In 1988 Minogue was sentenced to life with a minimum of 27 years for the murder of Angela Taylor [the policewoman killed in the bomb attack]. And…

OK, are you sitting down? You’d better swallow that coffee before you read any further:

…he is now completing his PhD in applied ethics and moral philosophy inside prison.

I’m sorry about your keyboard, but I did warn you.

Now I don’t mean to come all Heraldsuntele on your arse, complaining about people furthering their education in prison and implying that they should be picking oakum for most of the time they aren’t being flogged on triangles, but there is a point at which an occupation and the person engaged in it appear to be, let’s say, an unlikely fit.

I’m fascinated to know what his thesis topic might be. “Abduction: a Comparison of Satisfaction levels from Ransom Collection versus Just Killing ’em”? “Persuasion: the Efficacy of large Explosions in protesting the Failure of the Justice system”. “Shame: What the F**’s that?”

Perhaps some people need to complete a PhD in ethics and moral philosophy before they’re able to make basic ethical decisions of the kind most of us master in kindergarten. Not killing people, for instance.

And recent online discussions suggest that some people might think the completion of a PhD is punishment enough.

Comments (2) »

  • Ann O'Dyne says:

    I choked also, on reading ‘ethics and moral’ in regard to this person. In his defence, at least he is finally addressing them both, ie better late than never.
    He is not the first to study in the slammer, and I wonder if he is not accumulating a HECS debt, if crime is a way to economically qualify in otherwise costly Degrees?
    Every time I see a totally unrealistic ‘explosion’ in a film, where the characters can hear and walk and still have their clothes on, I am reminded of the very different real horror of Russell Street.
    I always think the parents of crims should be in the dock also, charged with bad bad parenting.

  • Bernice says:

    Hey, if someone like George Brandis can gain a law degree….

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