The Crewe Murders co-author Kirsty Johnston profiled in Taranaki Daily News


‘A former Taranaki Daily News reporter has co-written a book on one of New Zealand’s most fascinating cold case.

Kirsty Johnston, who now works for RNZ, has co-written a book with Massey University associate professor James Hollings on the 1970 murders of Jeanette and Harvey Crewe.

The book is not a whodunnit but a history that offers fresh insights into the murders. It is due to be released in November.

Johnston is one of Aotearoa’s top investigative journalists. She began her career at the Taranaki Daily News in New Plymouth in 2009 and has worked at Stuff, the Sunday Star-Times and The New Zealand Herald.

She won Reporter of the Year at the 2022 Voyager Media Awards.

The book, The Crew Murders, came about after Hollings had been writing an obituary for journalist Pat Booth​. Booth had campaigned to free Arthur Allan Thomas​, the person who was originally charged with the murder.

Hollings contacted Johnston to see if she wanted to join him and investigate the murders.’