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The June 2019 edition of The Straits Times Book Club will see Tan Ooi Boon, author of A British Serial Killer in Singapore, in conversation with Zainal Abidin and Zainudin Lee, two former CID detectives that helped bring John Martin Scripps to justice.
A British Serial Killer in Singapore by Tan Ooi Boon is the true story of body parts murderer, John Martin Scripps who went on a killing spree and hunted his victims in cold blood. Scripps, who was trained in butchery, was the first serial killer to be convicted in Singapore. A Q&A about the book will follow with a book signing.
About the author
A legally trained writer, Tan Ooi Boon first broke John Martin Scripp’s sensational serial murders in March 1995 when he was the law and crime journalist at The Straits Times. He is currently the Senior Vice-President at The Straits Times Press and ST Education.
About guest speakers
Mr Zainudin Lee and Mr Zainal Abidin were highly commended and decorated police investigators from the Criminal Investigation Department's elite murder squad, the Special Investigation Section. They played major roles in the capture and successful prosecution of Singapore's first serial killer, John Martin. For their effort in solving the case, they received Efficiency Medals from the President of Singapore as well as a high commendation from the Government of Canada. Both officers had since retired from the Singapore Police Force.
Pre-registration is required for every session. If you have registered and are unable to attend, please cancel your registration so other readers have the opportunity to attend the session. The session will run from 7.00-8.30pm ; registration will start from 6.30pm. Food catering has ceased, with effect 01 Jan 2019.
About the Book Club
The Straits Times Book Club seeks to create a platform for book lovers to meet the authors of important and bestselling titles, as well as build a community around the written word. This club features a slate of The Straits Times journalists moderating sessions on new titles every last Wednesday of each month from 7.00pm-8.30pm.