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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 After more than 10 years at the sharp end of policing, Jane was used to seeing the desolation and despair that is family violence.
John Silvester If there are more than 1000 victims a year there must be tens of thousands who become part time and full time carers for those who will never truly recover.
John Silvester The editor in chief summonsed me into his impressive office and beckoned towards his Tibetan yak upholstered couch. He looked stern. His assistant peeled grapes.
John Silvester The Naked City column is devoted to shining a light on the dark world of crime and on this bright Grand Final day nothing will change. It is the perfect time to right a monstrous wrong.
John Silvester Like all government departments, police live and die on statistics but Victoria's new Chief Commissioner, Graham Ashton, says real policing cannot be judged simply on a set of figures.
John Silvester For a bloke who is charming, friendly and a natural people-person, Mick Gatto certainly has more than his fair share of enemies.
John Silvester Police and governments are working at the wrong end of the gravy train to find and stop crooks. Follow the money is the answer, John Silvester reports.
Rania Spooner, John Silvester, Tammy Mills Victoria Police are examining links between the wounding of a young police officer in Moonee Ponds and a firebomb attack and drive-by shooting targeted at family members of slain underworld figure...
John Silvester They are meatballs, not martyrs.
John Silvester Tony Abbott deserves credit for making a national response to the national ice problem.
John Silvester Sexual predators in the Victoria Police have used their rank and a code of silence to protect themselves from exposure and punishment.
John Silvester Tall tale proves a Tsar too far for a Queensland court.
Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, John Silvester A police plan to "download" Carl Williams about his knowledge of unsolved gangland murders was discovered by criminals, including a gangland figure who was able to easily breach jail security to...
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...
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.
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.
John Silvester Football is part of the DNA of this city and we are better for it, writes John Silvester.
John Silvester John Silvester examines the many Victoria Police taskforces into drugs gangs and organised crime and asks 'Are they working?'
John Silvester Tough guys shouldn't own fluffy poodle-type pups, particularly one with a ridiculously cute name such as Patch.
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.