Mr Sin: The Abe Saffron dossier

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Allen & Unwin, Aug 1, 2007 - True Crime - 312 pages
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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. This was the man who controlled the city's underworld with an iron fist.

Tony Reeves has been gathering information on Abe Saffron for over forty years. With Saffron's death in September 2006, he can finally and safely reveal all. And what a story it is. Saffron trafficked in drugs, ran prostitution and gambling rings, was not averse to extreme violence and was a master of bribery and a corrupter of police, politicians and the judiciary.

The man with a voracious sexual appetite was a real-life Godfather of Australian crime

Mr Sin makes for shocking and disturbing reading. It reveals the heart of a vicious world of greed and evil and leaves no doubt that Abe Saffron well and truly deserved the moniker, Mr Sin.

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1 For king and countryand a quick quid
a bottler of a moneymaker
3 In and out of court and courting crims
Abe moves into the big time
Vietnam blue puts crims in the black
blackmail dossiers get out of hand
murder and arson become the hot topics
truth drug may be the answer
Abe plays Henry too
top cop seeks monopoly on graft payments
Abe does a Capone with little black books
writs say the past is all a lie
and then he died

some customs are not so hard to break
Abe buys his cover
whistleblower goes to jail
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Page 265 - What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.
Page 159 - But let's not let the truth get in the way of a good story...
Page 68 - Henry on the grounds that he was not a 'fit and proper person
Page 164 - No investigation was made of the matters concerning Saffron and Rooklyn, nor any attempt apparently made to inquire into any links between the two, despite the police files concerning Saffron's activities, and suspected activities. McNeill conceded a relationship between Saffron and Rooklyn would have changed his views on the respectability of Bally's Australian business.
Page 163 - Our bosses were becoming a bit concerned at the amount of men involved in the inquiry and the amount being spent on the inquiry and we were getting nowhere with it.
Page 88 - Many of these crooked company directors use every loophole in the law to see that investigations into their affairs take as long as possible and hopefully are forgotten ... Many of them travelled overseas with [Askin].
Page 15 - ... garment center boys call it. During the war they all made a fortune in black-market deals. When materials were rationed by the government, a lot of money passed beneath the table. Money they didn't have to report to Internal Revenue. Couldn't report. They all got rich. But it's money they can't let show. If you want to get rich in this country, you have to get rich in the dark.
Page 7 - The business helped the family survive the economic hardships of the First World War and the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Page 164 - is directed by a man who has lied before me and that the parent company, which gives him his ultimate directions, is presided over by a man who also has lied to me'.

About the author (2007)

Tony Reeves was an investigative reporter of many years standing and winner of the Ned Kelly Award for True Crime for his book Mr Big: the true story of Lennie McPherson and his life in crime. He followed the life of Abe Saffron since the 1960s. Tony worked as a journalist with the ABC, Nation Review, the Sunday Telegraph and the Sunday Australian, all the time peeling away deep layers of untruth to expose the real workings of Australia's underworld. His reporting helped bring about the Moffitt Royal Commission into organised crime.

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