Powered by Blogger.


Friday, 7 March 2008

Carl Williams pleaded guilty to three murders and was found guilty of a fourth. He's a suspect in several others.

underworld figures wanted to help police stop Melbourne's gangland war but remained silent because they were so scared of killer Carl Williams.
They came forward very soon after Williams was arrested and provided vital information to Victoria Police's Purana taskforce.
Det-Insp Gavan Ryan, who this week handed over leadership of the elite taskforce to Det-Insp Bernie Edwards, said the arrest of Williams was a turning point.
"We knew if we could get Williams behind bars that it would make life difficult for him and his friends," Det-Insp Ryan said.
"Certainly the shooting side of things slowed down when we locked him up. Locking Williams up also gave us an opportunity to talk to people who would not talk to us while he was out in the community.
"We always knew if we could pop Williams in the bin we would have a good chance of getting a lot of information, and that's exactly what happened."
It was the arrest of Williams's hitman Sean Sonnet during a failed 2004 attempt to execute Calabrian mafia money man Mario Condello that led to Purana nabbing Williams. Det-Insp Ryan said Purana had gathered enough evidence to implicate Williams in several murders by the time Sonnet was arrested.
"I rang Purana officer Shane O'Connell immediately after Sonnet's arrest and simply said 'Go and get Fat Boy', and five minutes later he rang back to say he had picked up Williams," he said. "We questioned Williams that day, and he ended up getting jailed for 35 years." Williams pleaded guilty to three murders and was found guilty of a fourth. He's a suspect in several others.
Purana was formed in May 2003 to combat the alarming level of gangland slaughter in Melbourne. In the five years since it has charged 58 offenders with 298 offences after bugging more than 500,000 telephone conversations, taping 53,000 hours of conversations and conducting 22,000 hours of physical surveillance.
Purana was so successful at ending the underworld war that Victoria Police decided to make it a permanent taskforce. Its brief is to investigate established and emerging criminal networks. Det-Insp Edwards this week started as the new head of the permanent Purana taskforce. He brings a wealth of experience. He has been in the homicide squad and detective training school, and at busy stations such as St Kilda and Dandenong, since graduating from the Victoria Police academy in 1980.
"Purana has always been headed by people who are very well respected within Victoria Police. They will be a hard act to follow," Det-Insp Edwards said.
"The pressure is on me -- and Purana -- to keep performing."
Det-Insp Ryan said the keys to Purana's success in the gangland war were the resources support it was given by Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon and Deputy Commissioner Simon Overland.
"Christine and Simon got a terrible caning in the media and elsewhere in the early days of Purana, when it appeared to some that things were not happening quickly enough," he said.
"They backed us, provided us with the resources we needed.
"Having that support was a key to Purana's success. It meant we could make big decisions immediately, expensive decisions, knowing force command was behind us.
"Christine and Simon deserve to get all the subsequent plaudits for Purana's success because they took a lot of the criticism before the arrests started happening."
Det-Insp Ryan said while he couldn't say there would be no more underworld killings, he was confident the spate that Purana was formed to investigate had ended.
"Crooks will always kill crooks. It's like prostitution -- you will never take that away," he said.
"But the nature of that particular war is over."


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


Pageviews from the past week


Drug Enforcement automatically monitors news articles and blog posts tracking breaking news of arrests and drug incidents as they happen worldwide .These inter-active News Reports are followed as they develop. Giving you the chance to comment on breaking stories as they happen. Drug Enforcement alerts you to topics that are frequently linked to and commented upon in the world press. Someone is arrested every 20 seconds for a drug related offense !Readers are solely responsible for the content of the comments they post here. Comments are subject to the Blogspots terms and conditions of use and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or approval of the Drug Enforcement site. Readers whose comments violate the terms of use may have their comments removed or all of their content blocked from viewing by other users without notification.

Popular Posts

Latest Templates

FEEDJIT Live Traffic Map

Friend's Link

Blog Archive


Privacy Policy (site specific)

Privacy Policy (site specific)
Privacy Policy :This blog may from time to time collect names and/or details of website visitors. This may include the mailing list, blog comments sections and in various sections of the Connected Internet site.These details will not be passed onto any other third party or other organisation unless we are required to by government or other law enforcement authority.If you contribute content, such as discussion comments, to the site, your contribution may be publicly displayed including personally identifiable information.Subscribers to the mailing list can unsubscribe at any time by writing to info (at) copsandbloggers@googlemail.com. This site links to independently run web sites outside of this domain. We take no responsibility for the privacy practices or content of such web sites.This site uses cookies to save login details and to collect statistical information about the numbers of visitors to the site.We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and would like to know your options in relation to·not having this information used by these companies, click hereThis site is suitable for all ages, but not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13 years old.This policy will be updated from time to time. If we make significant changes to this policy after that time a notice will be posted on the main pages of the website.

Latest News

Add to Technorati Favorites
Site Specific Privacy Policy run in accordance with http://www.google.com/privacy.html
We can be reached via e-mail at
For each visitor to our Web page, our Web server automatically recognizes information of your browser, IP address, City/State/Country.
We collect only the domain name, but not the e-mail address of visitors to our Web page, the e-mail addresses of those who communicate with us via e-mail.
The information we collect is used for internal review and is then discarded, used to improve the content of our Web page, used to customize the content and/or layout of our page for each individual visitor.
With respect to cookies: We use cookies to store visitors preferences, record user-specific information on what pages users access or visit, customize Web page content based on visitors' browser type or other information that the visitor sends.
With respect to Ad Servers: To try and bring you offers that are of interest to you, we have relationships with other companies like Google (www.google.com/adsense) that we allow to place ads on our Web pages. As a result of your visit to our site, ad server companies may collect information such as your domain type, your IP address and clickstream information. For further information, consult the privacy policy of:
If you feel that this site is not following its stated information policy, you may contact us at the above email address.