Written by Jonathan Zhao
American fantasty author Tamora Pierce once said, “It's harder to heal than it is to kill.” This comment is surely not far from the truth when it comes to discussion of serial killers and murderers! <insert evil laugh>
As dark and grim as it may be, I’m sure we all have at some point, considered the very things that drives a person to end the life of another.
This March 25, join the team of Newcastle Ghost tours for a special event - ‘Launched into Eternity’, a night that probes into the dark and sinister; that is, murder and its punishment.
Establishing herself as one of Australia’s best selling Crime Authors, Amanda Howard, will begin the evening with stories of many infamous victims of the hangman's noose and of a time when watching an execution was spectacle for the masses.
Come and soak up the accounts of some murderers Amanda has come across in her research as she gives us insight into the minds of these killers.
And if you think this isn’t (or shouldn’t be) entertainment, hear about how people in Australia were once so fascinated by gore and death, that they attended public hangings as a pastime– certainly a different kind of subject to bring to the morning tea table at work the next day!
This perceptive and slightly macabre talk by Amanda will surely not disappoint and all are welcome to come and take part in this part of the evening only…
However, for those who want just a little more, make sure you hang around. Promised to be a real treat and a perfect way to see and live out stories recounted by Amanda, the second part of the night consists of a 2 hour experience of Maitland Gaol focusing on the murders that happened within the walls of the prison.
Join Renata Daniel from Newcastle Ghost Tours and Anne Rzechowicz from Oz ParaTech (Ghost Hunting Equipment Specialists) and their friendly team as you role play the last moments of a condemned prisoner who walked the line to the gallows.
In what would have been a highly, powerful and emotionally charged event, will the ghosts of some of these men come back to haunt, as you recount exactly how their deaths occurred? There is only one way for you to find out!
On top of this, there will also be plenty of time to go exploring around the Gaol during.
So what are you waiting for? Get onto it! Please note: The night contains content, which is slightly macabre and is only for patrons 18 years and over.
'Author's talk only ' option is $30 p/p plus booking fee.
‘Combined authors talk and Gaol tour’ option is $60 p/p plus booking fee.
Amanda will also be staying back to sell and sign some of her books which she will have available for purchase.