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Bernie Matthews

Bernie Matthews is a convicted bank robber and prison escapee who has served time for armed robbery and prison escapes in NSW (1969-1980) and Queensland (1996-2000).

During his periods of incarceration Bernie Matthews studied journalism and received scholarships to study as an external student at the University of Southern Queensland. His insider's account of Brenden Abbott's escape from Sir David Longlands Correctional Centre, "The Day Cassidy won the Cup" is published in Justice in the Deep North: A Historical Perspective of Crime and Punishment in Queensland." DNA and the Justice Game" was published in the 2004 winter edition of The Griffith Review-Making Perfect Bodies.

In the 2004 Queensland Media Awards Bernie Matthews won the 'Most Outstanding Journalism Student-All Media Award' with The Crime and Prison Movie Genre Showcase Only Rare True Success and backed up to win 'The Best Online/News Wire Report (Electronic Media)' for Abuse Within Prisons makes Prisoners More Violent Upon Release.

He is the author of Intractable published by Pan Macmillan in November 2006.


Wilma’s story
Society - 22/08/2007 - 94 comments
Mick’s story
Society - 17/08/2007 - 10 comments
Marlene’s story
Society - 15/08/2007 - 11 comments
A gross miscarriage of justice
Law & Liberties - 7/05/2007 - 40 comments
The eradication of rehabilitation
Society - 19/04/2007 - 17 comments
Getting screwed at the school for crime
Law & Liberties - 3/04/2007 - 47 comments
The anatomy of a conman
Society - 7/03/2007 - 1 comment
Breaking eggs to make omelettes
Law & Liberties - 8/02/2007 - 3 comments
A school for serial killers
Society - 26/05/2006 - 8 comments
A view from a living hell
Law & Liberties - 12/05/2006 - 65 comments
The anatomy of a bank robber
Society - 16/03/2006 - 10 comments
The hangman and the electric chair - Part 2
Law & Liberties - 29/07/2005 - 2 comments
The hangman and the electric chair - Part 1
Law & Liberties - 28/07/2005 - 5 comments
The shroud of secrecy in Queensland prisons
Law & Liberties - 30/06/2005 - 24 comments
The John Tonge Centre, DNA evidence and miscarriages of justice - Part 5
Law & Liberties - 22/03/2005 - 2 comments
The John Tonge Centre, DNA evidence and miscarriages of justice - Part 4
Law & Liberties - 21/03/2005
The John Tonge Centre, DNA evidence and miscarriages of justice - Part 3
Law & Liberties - 18/03/2005
The John Tonge Centre, DNA evidence and miscarriages of justice - Part 2
Law & Liberties - 17/03/2005 - 2 comments
The John Tonge Centre, DNA evidence and miscarriages of justice - Part 1
Law & Liberties - 16/03/2005 - 3 comments
Little Boy Blue
Society - 7/01/2005 - 3 comments
A journey through the 'belly of the beast' - Part 3
Law & Liberties - 24/12/2004
A journey through the 'belly of the beast' - Part 2
Law & Liberties - 22/12/2004 - 2 comments
A journey through the 'belly of the beast' - Part 1
Law & Liberties - 20/12/2004 - 11 comments
Is Kathleen Folbigg an innocent victim of SIDS?
Law & Liberties - 10/12/2004 - 33 comments
The tale of Russell 'The Fox' Cox and the prison that never was
Law & Liberties - 6/12/2004 - 17 comments
The day Cassidy won the Cup
Law & Liberties - 2/11/2004
DNA and The Justice Game
Law & Liberties - 8/10/2004 - 5 comments
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome & The Kathleen Folbigg Case
Law & Liberties - 27/09/2004 - 1 comment
Abuse within prisons makes prisoners more violent upon release
Law & Liberties - 31/05/2004
Abu Ghraib one day, Queensland the next
Law & Liberties - 24/05/2004
The crime and prison movie genre showcase only rare true successes
January 2004 Feature - 27/01/2004
The harsh lessons of Christmas in B Block, Sir David Longlands
December 2003 Feature - 8/12/2003 - 1 comment
The fearful legacy of China’s autonomy from Western influence.
November 2003 Feature - 28/11/2003
Hanson and Ettridge got off lightly from the scars of Qld 'justice'
Law & Liberties - 21/11/2003 - 2 comments
How maximum-security jails make the baddest of men even worse
Law & Liberties - 5/11/2003 - 2 comments
The easy treatment of paedophiles inside Queensland prisons
July 2003 Feature - 14/07/2003 - 4 comments
Cybercrime: a natural human adaptation of information technology
May 2003 Feature - 5/05/2003
A veil of secrecy makes justice in jail a different kind from court justice
April 2003 Feature - 4/04/2003 - 1 comment
Sometimes, religious figures can do what the prison systems can't
March 2003 Feature - 3/03/2003
Our prisons are boiling pots for angry people and universities of crime
February 2003 Feature - 17/02/2003 - 1 comment
Marc Renton - another DNA mistake? Qld government must reopen the case
February 2003 Feature - 5/02/2003 - 2 comments
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