2010, English, Video edition: Australian families of crime [videorecording].

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Physical Description
  • 3 videodiscs (270 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/​4 in.
Published
  • 2010.
Language
  • English

Edition details

Title
  • Australian families of crime.
Also Titled
  • Abe Saffron : King of the Cross.
  • Mother of Evil : Pettingill.
  • Dockers &​ Death : the Kane brothers.
  • Mr Bigs : George Freeman &​ Lennie McPherson.
  • Killer couple : David &​ Catherine Birnie.
  • Blood brothers : the Anita Cobby killers.
Published
  • 2010.
Medium
  • [videorecording]
Physical Description
  • 3 videodiscs (270 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/​4 in.
Summary
  • Summary: Australian Families of Crime gives an insight into some of Australia's most famous 'Crime Families' who wielded power, fear and destruction through the community. Through interviews with family members, associates, victims and police investigators, their stories expose how some of Australia's worst criminal families operated their web of violence and corruption. Eight part documentary series hosted by Vince Colosimo. [Ep. 3]: Abe Saffron: King of the Cross. Abraham Gilbert (Abe) Saffron was one of Australia's most notorious and powerful crime figures. Yet, he spent his life denying any involvement in criminal activity, claiming he was just a successful businessman. Sydney knew otherwise. Nicknamed 'Mr Sin' and 'The Boss of the Cross,' Abe was known to rule with an iron fist when it came to his alleged dealing in stlen goods, illegal gambling, prostitution, drug dealing, bribery, extortion and murder. The man was a real-life Godfather of Australian crime. (16 May). [Ep. 4]: Mother of evil: Pettingill. Australia's answer to Miami drug 'Godmother', Griselda Blanco, came in the form of Victorian mother of 10, Kath Pettingill. With her brood of children, she was once Melbourne's most influential woman in the underworld. Her children include some of Melbourne's most infamous criminals: Dennis Allen, an infamous Melbourne drug dealer who died of a heart attack while in custody awaiting trial for murder; Peter Allen; Lex Pierce; Victor Pierce, acquitted of the 1988 Walsh Street police shootings, killed in 2002; Jamie Pettingill who died of a heroin overdose in 1985, aged 21; and Trevor Pettingill, acquitted of the 1988 Walsh Street police shootings. (23 May). [Ep. 5]: Dockers &​ death: the Kane brothers. Painter and docker, Les Kane was described by his widow as "the most violent man in Australia". Les' older brother, Brian was once Melbourne's top standover man, before he was gunned down. Mourners at his funeral included the entire Moran clan. Judi Kane speaks of how she fell for a man who had a hidden psychopathic streak. (8 June). [Ep. 6]: Mr. Bigs: George Freeman &​ Lennie McPherson. Lennie McPherson, a Balmain boy, is believed to have controlled most of Sydney's organised crime activity for several decades, with associate, George Freeman. Universally feared, McPherson built up an extensive network of criminal activities from racketeering to prostitution and drug dealing. (15 June). [Ep. 7]: Killer couple: David &​ Catherine Birnie. David and Catherine Birnie were without doubt the most violent couple in Australia's history --- deadly predators who abducted, raped, tortured and brutally murdered four women to satisfy their perverse sexual needs. Both were sentenced to life in prison. David killed himself in his prison cell and Catherine has so far had her applications for parole rejected. This episode includes exclusive comments from David Birnie's first wife, Kerrie who, along with others who knew the Birnies from their childhood days, sheds some light on what led to the couple's terrible killing spree. (22 June). [Ep. 8]: Blood brothers: the Anita Cobby killers. John Travers is a psychopath who grew up in a severely dysfunctional family in Sydney's outer- western suburbs. He descended into a life of depravity before leading his gang in the rape and murder of Sydney nurse and beauty queen, Anita Cobby. His accomplices were his "blood- brother" Mick Murdoch and the three "Murphy boys", Les, Michael and Gary. All the Murphy brothers had violent tempers and extensive criminal records. The eldest, Michael, at the time of the murder, was a jail escapee and had spent most of his thirty years in juvenile detention or adult prison. His brother Gary Murphy was five years younger and had a hearing defect and speech impairment. Leslie Joseph Murphy was the youngest of the Murphy children, and said to be greatly attractive to women, but he was known as having the worst temper of all. (6 July 2010).
Contents
  • [Ep. 1]: Carl Williams: baby faced killer
  • [Ep. 2]: Ivan Milat: backpacker bloodshed
  • [Ep. 3]: Abe Saffron: King of the Cross
  • [Ep. 4]: Mother of evil: Pettingill
  • [Ep. 5]: Dockers &​ Death: the Kane brothers
  • [Ep. 6]: Mr Bigs: George Freeman &​ Lennie McPherson
  • [Ep. 7]: Killer couple: David &​ Catherine Birnie
  • [Ep. 8]: Blood brothers: the Anita Cobby killers.
Notes
  • Off-air recording of Channel 9 broadcast 16 &​ 23 May ; 8, 15 &​ 22 June ; 6 July 2010 (45 min. each). Copied under Part VA of the Copyright Act.
Technical Details
  • DVD.
Language
  • English
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