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Caught by his past
Jan Corbett

On the night of Saturday, July 15th, 1995 a newsflash filled the nation's television screens. Police on Operation Park had arrested a suspect in what was known as the South Auckland serial rape case. He would be appearing in the Otahuhu District Court on Monday. That announcement ended what had been one of the longest running police investigations in New Zealand's history. Caught by the Past is the inside story of that investigation and arrest. It is the story of Joseph Stephenson Thompson, a man who had become one of the most wanted men in New Zealand criminal History. A man who had developed an extensive criminal record but who no one, not even the police, suspected of terrorising MAnukau City over a 12 year period. It is also a story of "Operation Park". "Operation Park" was the name given to the police investigation team which came to be led by Detective Inspector John Manning. A team which broke new ground in police investigation of rape in New Zealand and scored success through its intense dedication, leadership, teamwork and vision. Through in-depth interviews with the police and many other people involved in the case, Jan Corbett has been able to present an enthralling story of detection which ranks with the most gripping whodunits. Jan Corbett is an experienced Auckland journalist who wrote for Metro for 11 years. In that time her work featured in national journalism awards 14 times.

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