Chris Johnston

Chris Johnston

Chris Johnston is a Fairfax Media senior writer based at The Age in Melbourne.

How 'Lux' became a recluse and found child porn on the darknet

Chris Johnston Matthew Graham – known on his empire of darknet paedophilia websites as "Lux" – was, according to his family, a normal suburban Melbourne boy until he was 15.

Reviled child pornographer Matthew Graham has 'nowhere to hide', court hears

Matthew Graham has been in solitary confinement since his plea hearing began this week.

Chris Johnston Defence lawyer says 'hurtcore' paedophile distributor - who has a schizoid personality disorder, social anxiety and depression - was a 'highly unusual person'.

'Lux' and the child pornography crimes too awful to print

Matthew Graham

Chris Johnston Matthew Graham – known online to his paedophile disciples as "Lux" – felt his status grow with each move he made to boost his horrific internet empire.

Judge asked to peer into the abyss as 'hurtcore' paedophile Matthew Graham fronts court

Matthew Graham has admitted 13 horrific child pornography, child abuse and 'hurtcore' charges.

Chris Johnston Prosecutor urges judge deciding on sentence for online porn distributor to watch video that's 'one of the worst things you could see'.

Perverts, throwbacks and degenerate gamblers - a cult bookshop no more

Adam Emslie is sad to be selling Polyester Books.

Chris Johnston It's been targeted by authorities and crazies - now the doors are closing on Polyester Books.

Australia Day 2016: Tears of joy and pain for one new citizen whose family are all dead or missing

The Atem family attended  the state's biggest citizenship ceremony in Sunshine.

Chris Johnston Australia Day and her brand new status as a citizen are bittersweet for Abuk Atem, who carries unimaginably heavy burdens for a woman of only 25.

The big boat on Little River

Henry Fries has been building his own boat by hand in his backyard for the last 25 years. One day soon this Little River icon will sail away.

Chris Johnston Chris Johnston speaks a man whose lifelong dream to build a boat has been 25 years in the making.

Child abuse files shared 4000 times a day in Victoria

Paedophile Matthew Graham pleaded guilty to 13 charges on Wednesday.

Nino Bucci and Chris Johnston As many as 4000 Victorians are sharing child abuse images online at any moment, police have revealed.

Melbourne 'hurtcore' paedophile master Matthew Graham pleads guilty

Courts

Chris Johnston, Nino Bucci A 22-year-old Melbourne man who was a babysitter for young neighbourhood children has been revealed as a notorious online paedophile who used the sinister pseudonym Lux.

How Matthew David Graham's 'hurtcore' paedophile habit began on the dark web

Matthew Graham.

Chris Johnston, Nino Bucci After leaving school Matthew Graham's internet interest took a turn from edgy web sites to the dark.

Communities 'terrified' when suicide cluster hit

The deaths of 12 young people by suicide caused terror and panic in their communities.

Chris Johnston Communities in south-eastern Melbourne were "terrified" when a frightening youth suicide cluster struck in 2011 and 2012, according to Chris Tanti, the head of youth mental health...

Melbourne man charged with running child torture porn web ring

A Melbourne man faces charges of running a porn ring

Chris Johnston A 22-year-old Melbourne man is facing 88 child pornography charges, including  "encouraging" and advising on the abduction, rape and killing of a 5-year-old girl in Russia.

Wyndham region home to Victoria's sickest suburbs

Chris Johnston High levels of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health issues, bad teeth, obesity, asthma – one health expert describes Wyndham as a disaster waiting to happen.

Victoria's sickest suburbs suffer after federal funding cut

Chris Johnston   The federal government appears to have broken a deal to fund a grassroots health program in Victoria's sickest suburbs.

What is the connection between these senior Catholics?

Gerald Ridsdale says he's only been visited by Father McKinnon

Chris Johnston What is the connection between three senior Catholic Church leaders and notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale? Both inside and outside of the child sexual abuse royal commission these...

Men violent in families need crisis housing: Council to Homeless Persons

Family violence can't be solved unless the perpetrators get help too, says the Council to the Homeless.

Chris Johnston Better crisis housing should be given to male perpetrators of domestic violence, according to a "thorny" new submission to the Royal Commission into family violence.

Critics lash the 'overtly sexual' world of children's dance schools

Bodyslam: <i>Dance Moms</i>, a hit reality TV show created in the United States, shows young dancers' mothers trying all their moves.

Chris Johnston Dance studio director Jemma Nicoll says she has seen girls as young as eight years old perform 'naughty schoolgirl' routines in competition.

Jill Meagher tragedy disguises women’s domestic violence struggle

Jill Meagher was raped and murdered by Adrian Bayley in September 2012.

Chris Johnston The day after the AFL grand final in 2012, and just a few days after Jill Meagher's body had been found, 30,000 people marched through Brunswick in an unprecedented public rally.

How Adrian Bayley was transformed from cocky and arrogant to a whimpering, emasculated shell of a man

Adrian Ernest Bayley leaving court in 2013.

Chris Johnston Adrian Bayley's police interview in which he admitted repeatedly raping then strangling Jill Meagher with his hands three Septembers ago showed him to be above all one thing: pitiful.

Kes Acorn: mountain man has detail down to a fine art

Artist Kes Acorn at the Backwoods Gallery.

Chris Johnston The lines and contours of artist Kes Acorn's work are seemingly too minute to be done by hand, yet they are.