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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.

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

Mackay 'didn't believe anyone would kill him' (Thumbnail)

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.

Naked City

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.

Naked City

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.

Police feared more killings

Jill Meagher

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.

Race probe seeks help from Mokbel

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John Silvester Australia's most notorious drug trafficker, Tony Mokbel, has been asked to assist the Racing Integrity Commissioner's inquiry into race fixing.

Naked City London

For two weeks, paths converge in great game of life

Naked City

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.

For Mokbel, minimum sentence will make life tolerable

Tony Mokbel

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,...

Cutting a deal

Tony Mokbel's life inside (Thumbnail)

John Silvester Tony Mokbel's sentencing on major drugs charges will skirt his links to several underworld murders.

Seven years' jail for man whose 'despicable' act ruined Heather's life

The Age Supplied image of Heather Hunter and John Jarman for John Silvester story. 20th January 2012

John Silvester Events of unimaginable sadness are often played out in front of a handful of observers.