Arguably Australia’s most notorious, and certainly most high-profile, well-known gangster, Carl Williams, died today in prison. And it looks like he was attacked for doing deals with the police vis a vis the cops paying $8000 for his daughter to attend a top private school – a story that was in the papers mere hours before Williams was attacked. He sustained head injuries then went into cardiac arrest.
Williams (and this is for any non-Aussie readers) was the main character on the Australian television series, Underbelly Season 1 (clips), which documents Melbourne’s gang wars from 1995 to 2004. He took over Melbourne’s ecstasy and amphetamine market during that time. Most of his prison sentence was for ordering contract killings.
Derryn Hinch isn’t mourning.
Others, on Facebook, are. And that’s one of a few Facebook pages already up.
For better or for worse, like it or not, Carl Williams, like the bushrangers before him, has become part of Australian folklore.