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Lawless: The Real Bushrangers
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Lawless: The Real Bushrangers: Captain Moonlite

Season 1 Episode 2 The History Channel July 22, 2018

History

11-12
Classification: Mature Classification: Mature
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Andrew George Scott (aka Captain Moonlite) was a preacher, a con man and a gentleman - certainly not your average bushranger. After an 11-year life of crime, Moonlite's career ...

Andrew George Scott (aka Captain Moonlite) was a preacher, a con man 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 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 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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