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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.

Naked City: Ken Lay lays down the law

John Silvester They call him "Whispering Ken" but after three years in the job Chief Commissioner Ken Lay is living proof that in an era where the loudest voices get heard the old-fashioned rule, "Speak softly and...

Naked City - Looking the other way on family violence has to stop

Julie Ramage (nee Garrett).

John Silvester We are one of the safest countries in the world and yet one woman is killed every week due to family violence. It is a national disgrace and we should all be deeply ashamed.

Stolen car rorts exposed in clampdown as cops change tack

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John Silvester A police clampdown is making the re-birthing of cars a thing of the past but a loophole has made it easier to steal older cars, now worth about three times as much as spare parts.

Naked City: Segregate fans? Not in our code, mate

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John Silvester Football is part of the DNA of this city and we are better for it, writes John Silvester.

Naked city: Police taskforces are nothing new

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John Silvester John Silvester examines the many Victoria Police taskforces into drugs gangs and organised crime and asks 'Are they working?'

Naked city: Special Ops vet and Patch do the hard yards

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John Silvester Tough guys shouldn't own fluffy poodle-type pups, particularly one with a ridiculously cute name such as Patch.

Power, violence and the laws of average

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.

A force to be reckoned with

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.

The case for Julian Knight

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John Silvester On one hand mass-killer Julian Knight is the perfect candidate for parole.

Australia caught up in a global operation

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John Silvester No one could work out why the second tier football side filled with internationals would play so badly.

Mafia insider hid role in hit on campaigner

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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...

Killers dumped Mackay in well, police told

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...

Bottom feeder who should never have been allowed on the street

A handcuffed Adrian Ernest Bayley arrives at court on Tuesday morning.

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.

Football insider lifts lid on drugs

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.

Meagher accused set to change plea

Jill Meagher

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.

Not a lot to celebrate

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.

EXCLUSIVE

Match-fix gangs set sights on Australia

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Simon O'Dwyer
The Age Newspaper
Feb 6th 2013

John Silvester Police fear international match-fixing syndicates are grooming Australian sports stars as part of long-term plans to infiltrate local competitions.

Mobile triple-0 callers off the map

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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.

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Police hit the road to turn wild ones into mild ones

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John Silvester Most crime squad offices are a little bit battered and frayed at the edges - much like the detectives who inhabit them.

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Busting crime with a smile behind the death mask

Acting Sergeant Scott Harris

John Silvester They have seen more death and destruction than anyone outside a war zone.