DONALD Mackay's death is one of the nation's longest enduring crime mysteries, and retired journalist Terry Jones knows all about it.
Terry has just co-authored a book on Mackay’s murder, The Griffith Wars, and will be hosting a meet the author evening at Bathurst Library on October 20.
A personal friend of Mr Mackay’s, Terry was editor of the newspaper in Griffith when Mr Mackay was murdered.
Terry said Mackay’s assassination 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.
The book draws on Terry’s personal diaries and memories, as the editor of the local newspaper, he knew everyone and heard everything.
The Griffith Wars also powerfully recounts the struggle for the soul of a country town still battling to shake off its criminal past.
Terry said the meet the author night will give people the chance to hear first hand The Griffith Wars.
“I will be touching upon what happened in Griffith, and it’s relevance to the wider issues communities in Australia face today.”
The evening gets underway at 6pm.
Tickets are free. For more information contact the library on 6333 6281.