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John Silvester

John Silvester is a Walkley-award winning crime writer and columnist. A co-author of the best-selling books that formed the basis of the hit Australian TV series Underbelly, Silvester is also a regular guest on 3AW with his "Sly of the Underworld" segment.

'I won't testify for ASADA': Essendon drug saga star witness Shane Charter

John Silvester The star witness in the Essendon drug saga is refusing to testify as the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority takes him to court to force him to do so.


ASADA re-interviews key Essendon witnesses


Jake Niall and John Silvester ASADA has been speaking with key witnesses in the Essendon investigation in recent weeks, as the anti-doping body seeks to shore up evidence before taking any potential action against Essendon...


AFL recruits top crime fighter Gerry Ryan

Gerry Ryan

John Silvester Top detective to work as anti-corruption investigator as integrity department revamped.


Dank used Pies as bait for Bombers' peptides program: key witness


Jake Niall, John Silvester The sports scientist at the centre of the Essendon drug scandal, Stephen Dank, used an unfounded allegation about Collingwood using banned drugs to pressure coach James Hird to authorise the...

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Pies, the source?

Stephen Dank.

Jake Niall and John Silvester Key witness says Stephen Dank used Collingwood claims to manipulate James Hird.

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James Hird drug claims false, police say

James Hird

John Silvester Essendon coach James Hird was never the subject of a drug squad investigation and claims his house was raided are false, according to detectives involved in the case.

Police home in on Harry over murder probe

Harry O'Brien.

John Silvester Detectives want to interview star Collingwood player Harry O'Brien over his revelations he can identify the killer who shot dead a man in South America.


Invoice backs claims of banned peptide use

Richard Baker, Jake Niall, John Silvester, Nick McKenzie Concerns Essendon players may have been given a banned performance-enhancing drug have strengthened with the emergence of an invoice showing the club was billed for a ''Thymosin peptide''.

Drug suspicions over Essendon grow

Thymosin Beta 4 has been linked to Essendon.

Richard Baker, Jake Niall and John Silvester Emails show a biochemist and Essendon’s former sports scientist discussing how to use a banned drug. Now an invoice for the drug has emerged.


Biochemist to tell all on peptides

Shane Charter

John Silvester The biochemist who imported peptides has promised to tell all to ASADA next week.

Clients ranged from strippers to millionaires to James Hird

Shane Charter

John Silvester AS A whistleblower, they don't come any more colourful and contradictory than Dr Ageless.

Dr Ageless and the winning formula

The Age News
17th April 2013
Picture by Wayne Taylor
Shane Charter at his home in Sunbury.

John Silvester THE man rifling through the rubbish bin at the bottom of the long driveway didn't look like a vagrant and wasn't at all startled when challenged over his suspicious behaviour.


Plots, bets, threats and dead pets: AFL underbelly exposed

The Age News
17th April 2013
Picture by Wayne Taylor
Shane Charter at his home in Sunbury.

John Silvester A controversial sports biochemist says an organised crime network wanted him to spike AFL players' supplements with illicit drugs as part of a plan to blackmail them into joining a match-fixing ring.

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The AFL's got a drug problem - and so do we all


John Silvester AFL players are evasive targets on the field but easy ones off it.

A man for all life's seasons

John Silvester If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then retired football coach Allan Jeans has been flattered (behind his back) for decades.