Father John Brosnan, priest to hanged man Ronald Ryan, compares the Ryan hanging to that of Ned Kelly in that both were political. The judge, Sir John Starke, says that the then Victorian premier, Sir Henry Bolte, insisted that the sentence be carried out.
Interviews with the judge, Sir Justice John Starke, and the priest, Father John Brosnan clearly nominate politics as the reason for the hanging. It is unusual for these people to make such a stark claim. The still photographs used to depict Henry Bolte are also carefully selected to show him looking overjoyed.