Carl Williams

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Penguin UK, Oct 24, 2012 - True Crime - 288 pages
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Unlikely crime boss, serial killer, prison snitch, suburban boy turned bad, cult hero who was the real Carl Williams? When the 'baby-faced killer' met his shocking end in Barwon Prison's maximum-security unit, he left in his wake a trail of brutal murders, an underworld in flames, a police service stinking of corruption, and a broken family. How could a bogan boy from Broadmeadows, underestimated by all as lazy and stupid, have risen to the top of Melbourne's crime scene and created such widespread havoc? Bestselling author Adam Shand takes us into Carl's world: the family poverty that made him hungry for success at any cost, the shifting sands of allegiances within the rival crime factions, and the fear, greed and thirst for revenge that drove him to murder. From Williams' early forays into the drug trade, the gunshot wound to the stomach that sparked a bloody gangland war, through to the car-crash fascination of his relationship with Roberta, Shand shows us the man behind the cocky grin, and examines how and why he came to his grisly end.
 

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Contents

Whos a Shitman Now?
Camp Hell
Mummys
Criminal Royalty
The Princes of Darkness
Shane and Deana
Heading Uptown
Clandestine Cops
Keepsakes
A Tattslotto Moment
Benji
Turncoats and Lionhearts
Lead Rain
A Whole Lotta Love
Wife and Baby
Plotting

The Betrayal

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About the author (2012)

Adam Shand is a journalist with twenty-five years experience in television, print and online media. As a freelance reporter, he covered the rise to power of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda and the corruption of Zimbabwe's democracy. Since 1997 he has been an investigative reporter. He is the author of The Skull: Informers, Hit Men and Australia's Toughest Cop (2009), and Big Shots: The Chilling Inside Story of Carl Williams and the Gangland Wars (2007).

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