Here's a forensic news tidbit with a literary angle: The bones of Australian outlaw, Ned Kelly, have been identified. Kelly was hanged and buried in a mass grave with more than 30 other criminals; his remains were identified thanks to a DNA sample provided by a relative. (The skull is missing; you can read more on that mystery here.)

Kelly, who was referred to by the head of the institute where the DNA identification took place as "the most controversial individual that Victoria has produced," has inspired more than one piece of art, but the biggest standout for readers is the take on his life provided by Australia's best-known novelist Peter Carey.  The True History of the Kelly Gang won the Booker Prize in 2001 and has become something of a book club favorite.


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