Miscarriages of Justice

Welcome to the Miscarriages of Justice website!

This website has been created to accompany recent publications in the field of criminology by author Ted Duhs. These publications include

(1) Crucial Errors in Murder Investigations, (2012), Ted Duhs, Bond University Press, Gold Coast, Queensland. (213 pages).

(2) I Know Who Killed Betty Shanks, (2014), Ted Duhs, 1st edition, Boolarong Press, Brisbane, Queensland. (220 pages).

(3) "The Betty Shanks Murder", (2014), Ted Duhs, History Queensland, Review, Boolarong Press, Brisbane, Queensland, Issue 12, September.

(4) I Know Who Killed Betty Shanks, (2019), 2nd edition, Boolarong Press, Brisbane, Queensland. This book is published as a 'combined' edition. (434 pages).

(5) I Know Who Killed Betty Shanks, (2022), 3rd edition, Boolarong Press, Brisbane, Queensland. This edition of 458 pages, which is published as a combined edition, reveals details of a 35 folio ASIO file which deals with Betty's secret life of 'forbidden love and ASIO connections'. The ASIO file states that Betty was in an 'intimate association' with a young married man who was recorded by ASIO as being a member of the Communist Party of Australia. It also reveals that an ASIO officer was sent to Brisbane on Sunday 21 September 1952 to recruit Betty as a 'Q' source, only to be told she had been murdered on the previous Friday night.

(6) Submission to the Commission of Inquiry into DNA Testing by Queensland Health Forensic Scientific Services. (August 2022). This submission discusses the case of Andrew Fitzherbert who was convicted of the 1998 murder of Dr. Kathleen Marshall based solely on the DNA evidence presented by the prosecution. Fitzherbert has always maintained that he is innocent of this crime and that the DNA evidence was faulty. Read full text here...

(7) A review of ESRI's "Murdering Betty" podcast. (August 2023). Read full text of Part 1 here... and Read full text of Part 2 here...

(8) Controversial Convictions Based on DNA Evidence Alone. (Work in Progress).

(9) Miscarriages of Justice in the UK, USA, Australia, and New Zealand. (Work in Progress).

On this website you will find information about the books, about the author, reviews and citations of the book, and a live blog of case updates. Enjoy the site and feel free to contact the author.

© Ted Duhs (note this website is published by Ted Duhs and is not affiliated with Bond University Press or Boolarong Press.)

What are Miscarriages of Justice?

Miscarriages of justice have probably occurred in all countries, and have probably occurred at all times. They are obviously events of life-changing importance to those who are wrongfully convicted, and the effects of such conviction and incarceration are unlikely ever to be forgotten. Perhaps because these events are so directly devastating for so few, the rest of the community may sometimes be guilty of attaching inadequate importance to the processes and outcomes involved. To heighten community awareness of what is needed if we are to minimize the incidence of such miscarriages of justice, we need both to cultivate awareness of past cases and also to study the patterns involved when processes go wrong. To secure the release of a wrongfully convicted person is a victory - for him or her - and for the community as a whole, but we need to go further than that. We need to reform institutional structures and processes and put in place a framework in which future generations can place greater confidence in legal outcomes. read more...