The story of Ned Kelly is also the untold story of Michael Kennedy, the police sergeant slain and robbed by the outlaw in 1878. Both men were struggling to make their way in the new colonies of Australia. When their paths crossed at Stringybark Creek it triggered the end for one and the beginning of an incredible myth about the other.
Raised in the shadow of his great-grandfather’s murder, author Leo Kennedy witnessed the psychological wounds inflicted on victims’ families as the Ned Kelly myth grew around them and the sacrifice of their loved ones was forgotten.
Black Snake challenges the legend of Ned Kelly and gives voice to the victims of a merciless gang of outlaws. This is a captivating true story, gleaned from meticulous research and family history, of two men from similar backgrounds whose legacies were distorted by history.