FrankTALK and book signing with Katherine Kovacic

Frankston City Libraries

Event Date: 
24 February 2021
Author / Presenters: 
Katherine Kovacic

The shocking true story of a serial killer in 1930s Melbourne.

November, 1930. One sunny Saturday afternoon, 12-year-old Mena Griffiths was playing in the park when she was lured away by an unknown man. Hours later, her strangled body was found, mouth gagged and hands crossed over her chest, in an abandoned house.

Only months later, another girl was murdered; the similarities between the cases undeniable. Crime in Melbourne had taken a shocking new turn: this was the work of a serial killer, a homicidal maniac.

Despite their best efforts, police had no experience dealing with this kind of criminal. What followed was years of bungled investigations, falsely accused men - and the tragic deaths of two more girls - before the murderer was finally caught and brought to justice.

With all the pace of a thriller, Katherine Kovacic’s The Schoolgirl Strangler recounts this extraordinary, chilling true story - of failed police enquiries, a killer with a Jekyll and Hyde personality, and the families shattered when four innocent lives were cruelly taken.

Please join us for this FrankTALK and book signing with bestselling author, Katherine Kovacic on Wednesday 24 February at 12.30pm at Frankston Library.

Robinsons Bookshop will have copies of The Schoolgirl Strangler to purchase at the event or you can purchase a copy via their website: