Smoking guns: two police murdered, two suspects, one conviction.
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by The Age and Sydney Morning Herald
2M ago
When Sergeant Gary Silk and Senior Constable Rod Miller pulled over a blue Hyundai in Moorabbin in 1998 while on armed robbery stake-out duty they had no inkling they were about to be ambushed. Their murders sparked a two year investigation and the conviction of two men. One Jason Roberts, who always maintained his innocence, was eventually granted a retrial and in 2022 was acquitted. The murders, the investigation and the legal aftermath is one of the most controversial and tragic cases in Australia's history.   Click on the links to subscribe https://subscribe.theage.com.au or  ..read more
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Mr Clean: The story of an international money launderer
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by The Age and Sydney Morning Herald
3M ago
When Bruce Aitken headed to an international airport for one of his hundreds of overseas trips, he would always take his golf bag – a fairly normal piece of luggage for a globe-trotting businessman. For a man who wanted to be a professional baseball player, it was the world of golf that helped place millions of dollars at his feet without him ever having to step onto a course. Click on the links to subscribe https://subscribe.theage.com.au or https://subscribe.smh.com.au See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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The inside man who turned on Melbourne's last great armed robbery gang
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by The Age and Sydney Morning Herald
4M ago
What he had was information on a notorious armed robbery crew, known as the gym gang, and he was prepared to talk, if the deal was right.  He was The Driver, a trusted insider who turned informer on a gang that police still consider one of Melbourne's slickest. His information would form the basis of a police operation, codenamed Tidelands, which became a cat-and-mouse game straight out of a spy novel.  Crime reporter John Silvester brings you the final instalment of a special two-part episode of Naked City. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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The Frankston serial killer: The net closes
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by The Age and Sydney Morning Herald
5M ago
How police caught Paul Charles Denyer, and the women who came chillingly close to the Frankston serial's orbit. In part two of John Silvester's season opening episode of Naked City, go behind-the-scenes of the investigation with the veteran crime reporter and hear from a suburban detective who, almost by chance, became the first officer Denyer chose to confess to. Another woman also talks about her encounter with Denyer a week before he murdered his final victim, as well as Donna's lucky escape. Become a subscriber: Your support powers our newsrooms and is critical for the sustainability of ne ..read more
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When it rained: Six weeks to catch a serial killer
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by The Age and Sydney Morning Herald
5M ago
In the winter of 1993, a serial killer terrorised Melbourne, stalking and murdering three young women in the bayside suburb of Frankston. John Silvester is back for another season of Naked City, starting with a two-part episode on the investigation into Paul Charles Denyer, and the detectives that netted one of Australia's most notorious killers. And a warning, some listeners may find this content distressing. Become a subscriber: Your support powers our newsrooms and is critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Becoming a subscriber also gets you exclusive behind-the-scenes content an ..read more
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Coming soon: Naked City season five
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by The Age and Sydney Morning Herald
6M ago
The much anticipated fifth season of Naked City arrives on June 22. Make sure to subscribe now and get all the episodes straight to your device.  John Silvester, Australia’s longest-serving crime reporter, will take you on a journey through his 40 years of dealing with the nation’s most dangerous criminals.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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From undercover to under lock and key
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by The Age and Sydney Morning Herald
1y ago
Cliff Lockwood was just 19 when he left the peace of a tiny town to join the police force. “I know it sounds funny but I just wanted to do good. Nineteen was way too young. You don’t know anything.” On Sunday April 9, 1989 Lockwood and his partner, Senior Detective Dermot Avon arrested car thief and suspected violent criminal Gary Abdullah and took him to his Drummond Street two level flat to search for evidence and an accomplice. According to police Abdullah grabbed and imitation firearm and Lockwood responded by firing six shots from his gun, then grabbed Avon’s to fire the last and fatal sh ..read more
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Purana: Melbourne's gangland taskforce
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by The Age and Sydney Morning Herald
1y ago
For a time gangland figures lived a fast and often lucrative life, but very few made it out alive. After 11 unsolved murders, including Moran brothers Mark and Jason, and their father Lewis, police put together a taskforce to tackle the gangland war. They investigated Andrew 'Benji' Veniamin, Mick Gatto, Carl Williams and Tony Mockbell among others.  Purana ended up investigating over 300 people, listening in on more than 100,000 hours of phone conversations, using 39 tracking devices to follow suspects for more than 22,000 hours. One of the key police informants was lawyer Nicola Gobbo ..read more
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A country school kidnapping: Two first-hand stories
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by The Age and Sydney Morning Herald
1y ago
The rookie teacher at the tiny country school was startled during morning recess when some of the kids ran into the single weatherboard classroom, yelling: "There's a man outside with a gun." Rob Hunter had been the sole teacher at the Gippsland town of Wooreen for just nine days - his first posting after three years at teachers' college. He was 20 years old. Maree Young was his student, she was just 11 years old. The man with the revolver and wearing a Collingwood beanie as a balaclava was Geelong Prison escapee Edwin John "Ted" Eastwood, 26, who five years earlier pulled the same crime 270 k ..read more
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Rent-a-kill: Australia's number one hitman
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by The Age and Sydney Morning Herald
1y ago
By early 1985 hitman Chris Flannery was running out of friends. This was hardly surprising, as he’d killed most of them. Flannery had built a fearsome reputation for killing on command but when an attack dog begins to snarl at its master it is time for the big sleep. Flannery’s boss Sydney gangster George Freeman had lost patience with him and was a little frightened of the unpredictable gunman. Flannery had threatened police and had shot one – undercover detective Mick Drury. Even in corrupt Sydney that was a crime that couldn’t go unanswered. He killed gangsters, shot dead a law-abiding Melb ..read more
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