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The Greatest Menace




Type Of Work


  • Creative work

Abstract


  • Tucked away amongst snow-covered mountains is a tiny Australian town with a dark secret. Journalist Patrick Abboud hears whispers that it was once home to the world’s only "gay prison”. A prison which specifically incarcerated gay men. His investigation into what happened inside reveals the full story for the first time. This queer true crime journey takes you from underground nightclubs to hidden sex haunts, from the heights of Australian academia to remote parts of New Zealand and England. You'll find yourself entangled in a police cover up, a case of wrongful conviction and a human experiment that didn’t go to plan. At the centre of it all was a covert government operation to eradicate what the head of police called “the greatest menace to society”: homosexuality. This public drive to “cure” homosexuality is counterpointed by host Patrick’s Abboud at times painful quest to be accepted as a gay man by his Middle Eastern family. Though the podcast goes to dark and sometimes horrifying places, it is suffused with heart and humour, as Patrick unpicks the remarkable stories of victim-survivors.

Publication Date


  • 2022

Web Of Science Accession Number


Place Of Publication


  • Sydney

Type Of Work


  • Creative work

Abstract


  • Tucked away amongst snow-covered mountains is a tiny Australian town with a dark secret. Journalist Patrick Abboud hears whispers that it was once home to the world’s only "gay prison”. A prison which specifically incarcerated gay men. His investigation into what happened inside reveals the full story for the first time. This queer true crime journey takes you from underground nightclubs to hidden sex haunts, from the heights of Australian academia to remote parts of New Zealand and England. You'll find yourself entangled in a police cover up, a case of wrongful conviction and a human experiment that didn’t go to plan. At the centre of it all was a covert government operation to eradicate what the head of police called “the greatest menace to society”: homosexuality. This public drive to “cure” homosexuality is counterpointed by host Patrick’s Abboud at times painful quest to be accepted as a gay man by his Middle Eastern family. Though the podcast goes to dark and sometimes horrifying places, it is suffused with heart and humour, as Patrick unpicks the remarkable stories of victim-survivors.

Publication Date


  • 2022

Web Of Science Accession Number


Place Of Publication


  • Sydney