Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities

By John Silvester, Andrew Rule

Made in Melbourne. Slayed in Sydney. Chris 'Rentakill' Flannery was once a Melbourne gunman who offered his providers to Sin City's optimum bidder. He went at the lacking record simply because he didn't appreciate the longer term belonged to people who managed tablets and powders, now not pistols. a global of corrupt police officers, bent politicians and gorgeous girls who fell for the wealthy gangsters, and some detectives attempting to cease the tidal wave. This used to be Australia's underbelly.

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By means of killing Kane they risked fast and lethal retaliation. The proof that they knew this used to be overwhelming. Ray Bennett’s 11-year-old son had settled good into Keilor Heights highschool and used to be visible as an attentive and pleased pupil. So his yr 7 co-ordinator John Shaw was once stunned while the boy stopped attending classification. while he requested why younger Bennett was once lacking he was once informed the boy used to be ill, yet there has been no word or doctor’s certificates. After every week, the instructor telephoned domestic and spoke to the boy’s grandmother. ‘I requested if Danny was once ailing. She seemed disappointed and stated that Danny used to be satisfied in class, he didn't wish to be clear of college however it used to be no longer his fault he had now not attended. ’ Ray Bennett’s spouse Gail later instructed Shaw the kinfolk will be away in Queensland for a month whereas their son ‘convalesced’. the trainer ready a few exams or even lent his absent pupil a text-book for his time away. He didn’t see the boy – or the ebook – back. The Bennetts didn't touch the varsity back and surprisingly, no software for a move for the younger Bennett used to be ever acquired. whilst police requested Shaw to examine the final day Danny Bennett went to classification, attendance files confirmed it used to be 19 October … the day Les Kane have been shot lifeless. Police files later published below Freedom of knowledge acknowledged: ‘… don't have any wisdom of his whereabouts. through the nineteenth December, 1978, Bennett’s solicitor couldn't find him. He did not make his whereabouts recognized to the events desirous about the acquisition of a home which he shrunk to shop for, and consequently misplaced quite a lot of cash. His spouse and baby have been final noticeable in Queensland. the present whereabouts of he and his relations are unknown. ’ Police could additionally observe that Bennett could take out existence policies – first checking they'd be legitimate within the occasion of his homicide. For the Mikkelsen kin the tale was once related. Vinnie Mikkelsen’s daughter unexpectedly stopped going to Meadow reasonable North fundamental university after 18 October and his son vanished days later. No rationalization was once given. So either the Bennett and Mikkelsen households made themselves scarce once Les Kane disappeared – yet earlier than it was once publicly identified he used to be lacking. They knew Kane was once useless good sooner than the police did. one of many first calls Judi Kane made were to the Bowling eco-friendly inn in Carlton, then frequented by means of crooks and coppers. ‘Les is off,’ she instructed a detailed affiliate on the pub. (‘Off’ is underworld shorthand for murdered). the 3 suspects ran yet they couldn’t conceal – for lengthy. On 1 December, the distinctive Operations crew stumbled on Prendergast hiding in a rented flat in Essendon. by the point murder Detective Senior Sergeant Arthur Robbins entered the flat, Prendergast was once mendacity on his abdominal subsequent to the double mattress, bare and handcuffed. It wasn’t an outstanding glance. Prendergast regarded up and stated, ‘Thank Christ it’s you. ’ Robbins requested what he intended and Prendergast spoke back, ‘I notion it used to be the Kanes. ’ definitely Mikkelsen was once much more decided to prevent an opportunity assembly with somebody attached to the Kanes.

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