'Missing Presumed Dead' - Author Talk with Mark Tedeschi QC

'Missing Presumed Dead' - Author Talk with Mark Tedeschi QC

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Springwood, NSW 2777


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Join Mark Tedeschi QC for a fascinating insight into the legal background to one of Australia's most notorious murder cases.

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Missing, Presumed Dead is the true story of the mysterious disappearances of Dorothy Davis and Kerry Whelan told by, Mark Tedeschi, the barrister and former Senior Crown Prosecutor who handled the trial. Hear first-hand, details of the case that eventually exposed conman, Bruce Burrell, as their merciless abductor and murderer.

This event is free but places are limited and must be booked here. Afternoon tea will be served as part of the event as well as an opportunity for book signing.

Missing, Presumed Dead - published by Simon & Schuster April 2022. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event thanks to our local bookseller, The Turning Page Bookshop.


Dorothy Davis was a 74-year-old widow who lived in the quiet, upmarket, seaside suburb of Lurline Bay in south-eastern Sydney. She was financially comfortable and led a peaceful, predictable life centred around her children, grandchildren and many friends. Kerry Whelan was an active and healthy 39-year-old mother of three, who lived an affluent and family-oriented lifestyle on an expansive rural property at Kurrajong on the north-western outskirts of Sydney. Neither of these women seemed likely to suddenly disappear without a trace… yet that is precisely what happened.

Although Dorothy and Kerry came from different parts of Sydney, mixed in quite different circles and led completely different lives, these two women did have at least one thing in common – they both knew Bruce Allan Burrell.

Missing, Presumed Dead is the true story of the disappearances of Dorothy Davis and Kerry Whelan, told by the renowned barrister and former Senior Crown Prosecutor who handled the trial of their murderer. With meticulous research and great sensitivity, Mark Tedeschi, AM QC, portrays two families’ quests to discover what happened to their loved ones, whose remains have yet to be found nearly three decades later. Tedeschi lays bare the intricacies of the massive police investigation that eventually exposed failed advertising executive and conman, Bruce Burrell, as the merciless abductor and murderer of these two women. Delving into the twisted and dark recesses of Burrell’s mind, Missing Presumed Dead also offers new insight into the unbridled greed and sense of entitlement that drove Burrell to commit his unforgiveable crimes.

With a legal career spanning nearly 40 years, Mark Tedeschi has prosecuted many of Australia’s most high-profile cases, including the 1996 trial of Ivan Milat for the Belanglo Backpacker murders. Although it is rare for prosecutors to write about their cases, Mark Tedeschi felt strongly that this case – and the two much-loved women at its centre – deserved greater attention. A true advocate for victims of crime, Tedeschi will donate all his proceeds from the publication of this book to Australian charities that assist and support the families of those who have gone missing.

Mark Tedeschi AM QC was until 2018 the Senior Crown Prosecutor for New South Wales and the head of Chambers of the Crown Prosecutors in this state. He is now a private barrister practising at Wardell Chambers in Sydney. He is a Councillor of the NSW State Library and a Trustee of Sydney Grammar School. Over the last 35 years, he has prosecuted many of the most significant and high-profile trials in Australia. Mark is also a keen photographer who has had his work shown in 15 solo exhibitions and 20 joint exhibitions in Australia, Italy, France and the USA. This is his fourth true-crime book.

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