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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.
John Silvester Laws are there to reflect community standards, not impose them so, if we can't behave in a non-violent manner, no amount of court inspired threats will make a dunghill of difference.
John Silvester There is a union that even the right-wingers seem to love. It doesn't strike, only veers left at traffic lights, and the only green cause it embraces is drinking beer on St Patrick's Day.
John Silvester On one hand mass-killer Julian Knight is the perfect candidate for parole.
John Silvester No one could work out why the second tier football side filled with internationals would play so badly.
John Silvester, Nick Ralston and Lisa Davies A Mafia insider who told police he hired the hitman who killed Griffith anti-drugs campaigner Donald Mackay was in fact present at the 1977 execution, and helped dump the body in a well on a property...
John Silvester Exclusive NSW police reinvestigating the 36-year-old murder of Griffith anti-drugs campaigner Donald Mackay have been told two hit men dumped the body in a well at a property near Hay on their way...
John Silvester Jill Meagher should have woken up that Saturday morning with a slight hangover and pleasant memories of a night on the town with her workmates.
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.
John Silvester The man charged with raping and murdering Jill Meagher is expected to change his plea to guilty of murder in the Supreme Court on Friday.
John Silvester The players in both change rooms are calm just an hour before kick-off. After all they are confident they have been well coached on how to carry out their designated roles.
John Silvester Police fear international match-fixing syndicates are grooming Australian sports stars as part of long-term plans to infiltrate local competitions.
John Silvester A failure by mobile phone carriers to provide instant call-location details to emergency services is causing delays in triple-0 responses, according to local authorities.
John Silvester Most crime squad offices are a little bit battered and frayed at the edges - much like the detectives who inhabit them.
John Silvester They have seen more death and destruction than anyone outside a war zone.
John Silvester At first it was just a missing person's case. A person who had a little too much to drink had not made it home - an event that happens every night across Australia.
John Silvester Australia's most notorious drug trafficker, Tony Mokbel, has been asked to assist the Racing Integrity Commissioner's inquiry into race fixing.
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John Silvester To write a cutting-edge newspaper column the author must be prepared to go that extra mile - or in this case 10,496 of them.
John Silvester THE noise from the white Gulfstream's twin jet engines was hardly noticeable as the chartered plane flew above the Mediterranean with four crew, eight police and one passenger - Tony Mokbel,...
John Silvester Tony Mokbel's sentencing on major drugs charges will skirt his links to several underworld murders.
John Silvester Events of unimaginable sadness are often played out in front of a handful of observers.