By Tony Reeves
Whilst Nellie McPherson reached her 80th yr, her extended family obtained jointly to offer the sprightly grandmother a birthday bash. Her youngest son, Lennie, wasn't invited. He grew to become up however, with a small white rabbit. rather than giving it to his mom, Lennie positioned one huge hand round the rabbit's neck, grasped its head, twisted and pulled and, in a dash of blood, ripped the negative animal's head off. He threw the twitching continues to be to a horrified Nellie. This was once an individual who by no means forgave. Meet Lennie McPherson, the guy who got here to be referred to as the Mr great of Australian crime. Brutality punctuated his complete existence. Corruption used to be his mark. He used to be a standover guy, a assassin, a rapist and a thief. He ran crooked police and corrupt politicians. He used to be interested in medications and prostitution. And, he did company with the Mafia and the CIA. during this chilling portrait Tony Reeves uncovers a middle of evil and takes us deep right into a darkish and violent felony international. it's a tale which can in simple terms learn after Lennie's loss of life.
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Tiff . . Tiffany? Yes, Tiffany, Your Worship, is a very decent girl, from a decent family out past Wagga Wagga. The family fell on hard times during the drought, Your Worship, and, er, Tiffany came to Sydney to try to find work so she could send some money back to her elderly parents, who are struggling . ’ ‘Ten pounds or five days,’ the magistrate would say, banging his gavel. ’ And so it would continue, all orchestrated by the crooked cops, with a compliant solicitor going through the motions of a defence for each of the rostered group of prostitutes who understood they had to pay Roach once a week for his legal representation, as well as the police for their ‘protection’.
He immediately got on the phone to Fred Krahe. ’ he demanded. And it was. ’ the gambler commented to one of his relatives later. In 1971 Krahe’s corrupt association with notorious prostitute Shirley Brifman was exposed and he allegedly killed Brifman in March 1972 by forcing an overdose of sleeping tablets down her throat while holding a gun at her head. Shortly afterwards, Police Commissioner Fred Hanson approved his early retirement, on a full pension, on health grounds. Krahe claimed to have a thrombosis in the leg.
He was dressed in a blue suit, blue open-necked shirt and brown suede shoes; detectives deduced that he had been killed about an hour earlier. At this time Hackett was a wellknown criminal with at least 40 convictions to his name; he had twice been acquitted of murder, with more than a little assistance from Lennie behind the scenes on one occasion. In 1951 police in Brisbane had been unable to convince a Criminal Court jury to bring home a conviction against Hackett for the murder of Albert Flarrity, whose body had been found floating in the Brisbane River by a couple of schoolboys on 12 May that year.