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‘Captain Moonlite’ leads a group of five young men into one of the most violent gunfights of the bushranging era at Wantabadgery (NSW) in 1879: a policeman is killed and Moonlite is hanged for the crime, but did he really fire the fatal bullet?
Andrew George Scott (A.K.A. Captain Moonlite) was a preacher, a conman and a gentleman – certainly not your average bushranger. After an 11-year life of crime Moonlite’s career ends in a violent gun battle that results in the death of two of his gang and a NSW policeman. The event seals his fate, sending him on a one-way trip to the gallows. But should Moonlite have swung for this crime? Controversial primary evidence raises questions as to whether he actually fired the fatal shot, and if he didn’t do it, then who did? The Lawless team undertakes the first full archaeological investigation of the site of Moonlite’s last stand to unearth remaining evidence of the gunfight still buried in the ground and piece together the puzzle of this event. Using forensic ballistics and pathology the team determine which gun could have been the murder weapon. With new evidence and insights the Lawless team complete a digital reconstruction of the event to determine almost 140 years after the gunfight, just who was the likely killer. In one final twist, a secret from Moonlite’s private life is exposed to reveal another dimension to this complex and enigmatic character. Fascinating and with an incredible human story, this investigation forever changes our view of the iconic Australian ‘bloodthirsty bushranger’.
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