Bet you are wondering what is going on with the rogues gallery above – well, they are the subjects of my next story. Collectively known as the Burgess gang, they are (hopefully in order), Joseph Sullivan, Philip Levy, Richard Burgess and Thomas Kelly. All but one of them were executed for a crime spree which lasted several months around NZ, and culminated in the murder of 5 men near Nelson, also it is reported that they could have killed as many as 20 men between the West Coast and Nelson.
I am quite excited about writing their story, from a unique perspective. This is the story that I am struggling with at present. Why? Because I guess it is a story that is so well documented, I want to be accurate with my story, while still telling it from a fictional point of view, which is kind of hard when most historians will probably read it and pick all the faults there are with it, but it is a story I have been passionate about since I was in Std 4 (Year 6 I guess!). I wrote a short story that year about being the rope that hung one of the men… yeah I know, I had strange ideas even back then.
I’m hoping by having them in my face (I have pictures of them in my house and around my laptop too), I will get to the point where I just have to get it done. So best I stop mucking around and start writing!