Skip to Main Content

Missing, Presumed Dead

The double murder case that shocked Australia

About The Book

It was the double murder case that gripped Australia, and former Crown Prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC is finally able to share all the shocking details.

Dorothy Davis and Kerry Whelan were both happy, healthy, affluent, middle-class women from conservative, loving families.
Such women are hardly ever among the ranks of the missing. They were not hitchhikers, or associates of drug dealers, or unhappy with their family relationships, or suffering from mental health issues. Dorothy Davis and Kerry Whelan came from different parts of Sydney, mixed in quite different circles, and led completely different lives. They had never met each other, and if they had, they would have had little in common. In fact, Dorothy Davis and Kerry Whelan had one thing in common – they both knew Bruce Allan Burrell.

The disappearance without trace of these two women caused massive police investigations and resulted in sensational trials that gripped the nation of Australia. This book explores the intricacies of those investigations and delves into the twisted, tortuous processes of the legal proceedings, while exploring the dark recesses of the mind of Bruce Burrell.

'Gripping writing, from an expert on the inside of some of the state's worst murders and disappearances.' Peter Fitzismons

About The Author

Photograph © Brayden Smith

As a Barrister and Crown Prosecutor for more than forty years, Mark Tedeschi QC has worked on some of Australia’s most significant criminal cases. He was the Senior Crown Prosecutor in New South Wales for twenty years, during which he also served as President of the Australian Association of Crown Prosecutors. Mark has published many articles on the law, history, genealogy and photography, and is the author of critically acclaimed non-fiction titles Eugenia, Kidnapped, Massacre at Myall Creek and Missing, Presumed Dead.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia (March 30, 2022)
  • Length: 336 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781761104459

Raves and Reviews

'Gripping writing, from an expert on the inside of some of the state's worst murders and disappearances.' 

– Peter Fitzsimons

Resources and Downloads

High Resolution Images

More books from this author: Mark Tedeschi