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New book: Murder that wasn’t

Filed under: Law & Courts,Sex Abuse / CYF — JohnPotter @ 8:19 am Tue 27th January 2015

George Gwaze made legal history in NZ when he was tried for murder a second time on the same evidence, after the Supreme Court ruled that double jeopardy does not apply until all appeals have been exhausted. Both juries acquitted him.

A DSAC doctor wrongly concluded that Gwaze’s niece Charlene was analy raped then suffocated, and this misguided medical opinion coloured the subsequent police investigation and media reporting.

A new book by Felicity Goodyear-Smith titled ‘Murder that wasn’t – the case of George Gwaze‘ outlines the medical evidence that Charlene died of the HIV infection which killed her mother.

Murder that Wasn't - the case of George Gwaze

“This is a story that, if you made it up, would be hard to believe. It’s an unusual story with a lot of complexity,” she said. “What happened to this family caused huge distress that was essentially preventable.

“There was a misperception that she died from rape and murder rather than natural causes. The Gwaze family’s story illustrates how a fixed mindset can emerge at the outset of an investigation and be perpetuated every step along the way.

“The consequences for George Gwaze and his family were devastating.”

An interview with Gwaze was published in the Herald this weekend: Acquitted uncle tells his story

He told the Herald on Sunday he hoped the book, Murder That Wasn’t, would be the final word surrounding Charlene’s tragic death.

“The book is going to be telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth,” he said.

Invitation to book launch

MENZ readers are invited to attend the book launch at the Auckland University Bookshop at 6pm, Thursday 19th February. Please download the invitation and RSPV to assist with catering. [395 KB PDF]

Order Murder that Wasn’t here:


  1. I look forward to reading what I’m sure will be another important study by Dr Goodyear-Smith.

    Comment by Man X Norton — Wed 28th January 2015 @ 10:01 pm

  2. My copy arrived yesterday. In a quick look I am absolutely gobsmacked at the racism of the NZ Police.

    Comment by Allan Harvey — Thu 29th January 2015 @ 1:31 pm

  3. Felicity is an amazing woman with many .

    I suppose that’s what court is… Argument to manipulate train of thought.

    She’s a slut, he’s a player….etc. Is the jury still told to put all aside and look at the facts? Or was that just TV, lol.

    Back on track. The problem I see is that society doesn’t balance for a long time. Perhaps that’s the art of professions.

    Comment by julie — Fri 6th February 2015 @ 10:30 pm

  4. Oops, my first sentence is missing words.

    “Many accomplishments behind her”, is what I want to say. 🙂 She puts a lot of effort into her work and she has a terrific supporter.

    Comment by julie — Fri 6th February 2015 @ 10:34 pm

  5. #2 Allan Harvey, not only are the police racist, (proven by going to district court on any given day), but they are also sexist and sexism damages 50% of the worlds population. that is the greatest concern.

    Females commit or manipulate males to commit at least 70% of crime, yet only take up 5% of jail cells….

    The police are not idiots, they have almost average iq, they are paedophile child abusing bullies and sadists and sociopaths and this can only happen if it is a policy coming right from the top echelons of our corrupt governments and heads of police and all those in positions of power as none of them have spoken out about the 9/11 (it was perpetrated by the usa govt.) and none of them have spoken out against feminist anti-male hate speech. iN fact anti-male propaganda has been endemic since the ‘domestic violence’ lie was invented by governments all over the world at about the same time.

    Only people sick in the head think it’s ok to kidnap children from their fathers ‘just in case’. If anyone can decide on care of children, and if ‘protection’ orders (illogical and ineffective) are to be retained, then it should only be decided by an even gender jury of parents. and a criminal conviction for physically harming another person, must be a stipulation.

    No history, means no basis. no victim = no crime. No proof of harm = no crime.

    We are all born equal and i didn’t give anyone authority over me or my children’s right to 50/50 care.

    Kidnapping by mothers is a crime.

    Kidnapping by ‘judges’ and policeymen is a crime.

    please research so u can learn.

    Comment by phil watts — Sat 7th February 2015 @ 7:03 am

  6. Phil Watts (#5):

    Females commit or manipulate males to commit at least 70% of crime

    Where did you get that statistic from?

    The police…are paedophile child abusing bullies and sadists and sociopaths and this can only happen if it is a policy coming right from the top echelons of our corrupt governments and heads of police and all those in positions of power…

    What evidence do you have for your allegations against police in general or that paedophilic child abuse by police is a policy coming from government?

    …the ‘domestic violence’ lie was invented by governments all over the world at about the same time.

    Are you suggesting that domestic violence doesn’t really happen?

    Comment by Man X Norton — Sat 7th February 2015 @ 7:42 am

  7. Man X Norton, the evidence is everywhere. do ur own research. But your answer to my statements draws your motives into question. Do you question the bullshit they call the ‘news’ every night?

    Are you aware that 9/11 was perpetrated by the usa government? If not then i question your intelligence. If so what have you done about it?

    I could go on but i suspect i am wasting my time. As most people are unable to question there original views. its called cognitive dissonance.

    With regards my facts, i am speaking from personal experience. there is no better stat than that.

    Comment by phil watts — Mon 9th February 2015 @ 10:55 pm

  8. Phil Watts (#7): You have no evidence for the outlandish claims you made including that paedophilic child abuse by police is a policy coming from police management and government. By writing such silly claims about police you are placing all contributors here at risk of surveillance or worse. You are also bringing the men’s and fathers’ movement into disrepute and ridicule both by making foolish accusations against police and by claiming fallacious statistics for which you provide no evidence. Such nonsense is highly disrespectful to the time and effort that many people contributing here have put into building up credibility for this movement. As a contributor I distance myself from your statements.

    9/11 conspiracy theories are probably not relevant to MENZ Issues.

    Comment by Man X Norton — Tue 10th February 2015 @ 5:20 pm

  9. Man X Norton AND ALL THOSE WHO PURPORT TO BE SUPPORTING FATHERS AND CHILDREN – ooooookay then Max thank you for proving me correct. i fear for the future of human rights when people like me with alternative opinions and facts are abused like you have just done.

    My evidence is my children being held hostage for 3 years by the ‘mother’ who lied about ‘domestic violence’. When people attack fathers they are actually committing child abuse. I won’t call you a child abuser as you may not have thought of this fact. I have many more facts (from my experience) as do GREG HALLETT IN HIS BOOK ‘ARE YOU MY FATHER’, and PETER ZOHRAB who have exposed the system very accurately.

    If you don’t think 9/11 is relevant and doesn’t bespeak intelligence then why comment on it. rEGARDING 9/11 As i have said ELSEWHERE, steel and concrete cannot vaporize due to fire. #IDIOTS WHO BELIEVE THE ‘NEWS’

    Your reaction to my views has exposed your personality and motives, as i suspected. Thank you for proving me correct.

    Comment by phil watts — Thu 12th February 2015 @ 7:33 am

  10. ‘Man X Norton’, with a non de plume like that, why don’t you stop trolling behind a fake identity and ‘man-up’. As I have said before, i suspect your motives on this site, and that of many others supposed to be trying to fix the system.

    The only way to fix a corrupt system is to get rid of it.

    Parents who feign ‘domestic violence’ and kidnap their children have proven they don’t love their children. The is the only time there care of their children needs to be assessed is in cases of real abuse (with proof), and by a jury of their peers.

    99% of females i have ever met have shown zero empathy for my or my children being held hostage. My stats are my experience. There is no better statistic than that.

    Statistically children are safest in 50/50 care of biological parents. END OF STORY.

    Comment by phil watts — Thu 12th February 2015 @ 7:41 am

  11. Unfortunately, the men’s movement has always attracted more than its fair share of men who blame everyone else for circumstances that actually resulted largely from their own pre-existing psychological or personality problems. Other men in the movement make excuses for them, seeing their destructive, maladaptive behaviour as being entirely due to emotional wounds caused by nasty ex-wives or ‘the system’. Anyone who challenges what such men do and say will soon become their targets for blame and attack and this tends to fracture the movement. They end up bringing the men’s movement into disrepute through irrational ramblings, aggressive communications, ill-considered defamatory comments or accusations, or violent threats. This simply impedes progress towards positive social change that might benefit men, and disrespects and wastes the time and effort others have put in.

    Comment by Man X Norton — Thu 12th February 2015 @ 9:16 am

  12. Anyway, this discussion has gone way off topic for a post about Felicity Goodyear-Smith’s latest book.

    Comment by Man X Norton — Thu 12th February 2015 @ 9:22 am

  13. It may not be as far off topic as you think Man X Norton.

    Many of these ‘angry men’ equally have been falsely accused and abused by the system.

    I don’t recall any books being written about that to put the record straight.

    There are just as many George Gwazes in New Zealand who could have a book written about what happened to them.

    I don’t make excuses for the individuals but I do for the circumstances they have to deal with, and the lack of help and tolerance that is often afforded them.

    It’s rejecting ‘them’ in the way you have above that fractures progress. That is why UOF was so successful – it broke down those barriers and got on with the job.

    That’s the opinion from the other side of the fence about academic arrogance.

    Comment by Downunder — Thu 12th February 2015 @ 10:07 am

  14. #11 Man X Norton: that is a very strong attack against me while still hiding your identity = troll.

    Either have the guts to use your real name or don’t bother attacking others. Are you even aware that you have actually described yourself and your disorders while also proving your hypocrisy and your will to have the last word also exposes yourself.

    But i do agree this is a waste of time and energy.

    Please fight against Family Court Judicial and lawyer corrupt system and the child abuse of ‘Protection’ Orders which should all be illegal and are the worst form of child abuse imaginable.

    i have read some of your other comments and they often make a lot of sense.

    I hope you can continue to fight the good fight for Fathers and children’s rights.

    Comment by phil watts — Thu 12th February 2015 @ 10:48 am

  15. Downunder,

    Many of these ‘angry men’ equally have been falsely accused and abused by the system.

    I don’t recall any books being written about that to put the record straight.

    Felicity Goodyear-Smith wrote a book about the DV industry abusing its role, for personal advantage. This book covers the damage being done by false allegations. Adam Cowie has also written a book covering his own experiences. Greg Hallet has also been mentioned..

    Felicity has also greatly contributed to raising the quality of evidence used in NZ caught$, but despite the quality of her work, the forces of legal inertia and dullness have largely prevailed so far.

    The total social damage being done by mindless, unjustified caught actions runs into several $billions each year. However, the consequential social damage being done to children, women and men far exceeds the financial costs.

    Perhaps some among us are being too sensitive, through pain, resulting in a degree of over-reaction. This is commonplace and makes it much easier for the thieves among us (familycaught$) to carry, business as usual.

    So, I support the call for more care about debating standards. In particular, people have often tried to present issues in black and white terms. Most everything in reality, is in shades of grey. We have to face the fullness of reality, to provide workable solutions, even if it is harder work?

    MurrayBacon – mindless, furious, indiscriminate axe murderer.

    Comment by MurrayBacon — Fri 13th February 2015 @ 3:11 pm

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