Okay he wasn't from Melbourne, but the
'Dodger' deserves his place in any Underworld Hall of Fame.
|The life and times of the corrupt Sydney detective
are portrayed brilliantly by Richard Roxborough in the ABC
produced TV series, 'Blue Murder', broadcast in the mid-90's and now available
of video and DVD.
a former Homebush High boy, was heavily involved
with notorious members of the Sydney underworld while he was the
head of the armed robbery squad during the 1980's.
decorated officer, he coveted with criminals such as Arthur
'Neddy' Smith (below) and 'Abo' Henry and 'green lighted' the men to
commit armed robberies, receiving a 'whack' of the takings later
Rogerson, Smith and a band of corrupt Sydney detectives were
also involved in the importation and distribution of large
quantities of heroin.
It was Rogerson who shot drug dealer Warren
Lanfranchi in a suburban back lane one Saturday afternoon.
Smith had taken Lanfranchi to a meeting called by the dodgy
the two men met, Lanfranchi (left) was shot twice.
prostitute and anti-corruption (Rogerson) campaigner, Sally-Anne
Huckstepp (below), died shortly after, her body found floating in
a pond in Centenial Park.
It was Rogerson who conspired with Melbourne hit man,
Christopher Dale Flannery, to kill a detective on behalf of Melbourne heroin
dealer Allan Williams.
The attempted hit on detective Mick Drury failed.
Wiiliams was an associate of famous Melbourne crime figure, Dennis
The pair met in Pentridge where Dennis
was serving a rape sentence.
Allen later purchased heroin from Williams but later the pair had a
falling out and a hit on Williams was ordered.
In a case of
mistaken identity, Wiiliams brother in
law Ray 'Red-Hat'Pollitt was murdered in front of his family.
biography, The Matriarch by
Adrian Tame, Kath Pettingill,
mother of Dennis Allen and Victor
Pierce among others, says that Dennis
was directly involved with Rogerson and that drugs were purchased
from and sold to him at airport meetings.
says that a woman who claimed to be the girlfriend and close
associate of Dennis was
instrumental in bringing Roger Rogerson down. She is currently on
a witness protection program and who cannot be named.
was a useful source of information to police, providing the
evidence that produced the only conviction recorded against
Rogerson. The story in this case alleged Dennis
sent Miss X to Sydney Airport on May 14, 1985.
Miss X, an associate and alleged girlfriend
Allen, is instructed by him
to meet Rogerson at Sydney Airport. Allen
gave her a black ravel back containing $100,000 and two tickets,
to and from Sydney, under different names. She arrives in Sydney
at 11.30 a.m. and finds Rogerson in the terminal close to the
women's toilets. 'He sort of said: 'G'day, threw a bag at me and
ripped the other one (containing the money) off me and ran away,'
she later told a court in Sydney.
The bag Rogerson threw at her
contained books, clothing and plastic bags of heroin weighing
about a kilo. She flies back to Melbourne, where the heroin is
collected from her, and the next morning, an envelope containing
$7000 is placed in her letter box.
Rogerson's version was as follows:
After being phone the previous day by Kath Flannery, Chris
Flannery's wife, expressing concern over her 15 year-old son,
depressed after his father's disappearance the previous week.
takes the boy and his sister, together with his own two teenage
daughters, on a boat trip on the Georges River, presumably at the
same time the airport exchange is alleged to have taken place.
||May 21, 1985:
opens two accounts in false names at the York Street, Sydney, branch
of the National Australia Bank, and in three visits deposits $110,000
|As a result of this
chain of events Rogerson was initially convicted of conspiring
to supply heroin between March and May 1985, but the conviction
was overturned on appeal.
Later Rogerson was charged with
conspiring to pervert the course of justice by allegedly
misleading a police inquiry into the source of the $110,000
deposited False accounts.
Rogerson was initially convicted, but
after serving nine months of his eight-year sentence was released
in 1990, pending appeal.
Rogerson's pending release in 1990
did not please Miss X, who claimed at the time in an interview
with Age reporter John
Silvester, that her years as a protected witness had wrecked
She claimed to be in fear of
Rogerson who , she said, mouthed death threats at her in court
during his committal hearing.
He lost the appeal and was returned
to jail in 1992 with a reduced sentence. He was released in
went into the scaffolding and security industries.
appeared on 60 minutes in early 2000. Some of the transcript is as
He was Australia's most
notorious cop; a real-life Dirty Harry who finally crossed the line and
finished up in jail.
Roger Rogerson was the
teak-hard NSW detective who instilled fear in Sydney's underworld with his
That, he tells Jeff McMullen, was absolutely deliberate. "You must
create fear. Crims, be they tough crims, hard crims, they feared certain
police officers and I was one of them."
In this chilling interview, Rogerson talks about the killing of drug
dealer Warren Lanfranchi, the shooting of fellow detective Mick Drury and
other episodes that made his name infamous throughout Australia.
Policeman sues over not
August 28, 2001
A retired drug squad
policeman who alleged that disgraced former detective Roger Rogerson
arranged to have him killed has launched court action against the New
South Wales police service.
Michael Drury, 46, lodged
papers in the NSW Supreme Court, claiming that the service breached its
duty of care by failing to promote him.
The officer was hit by
several shots fired through the window of his Chatswood home in 1984.
The shooting led to accusations of
widespread corruption and betrayal within the police service.
Mr Drury accused Rogerson of orchestrating
the attempt because he refused to accept a bribe from the highly decorated
detective, in exchange for not giving evidence in a heroin case.
Rogerson was found not guilty in 1988 of
conspiring with the now-missing "hitman", Christopher Dale
Flannery, to murder him.
In 1990, Rogerson was jailed for eight
years for conspiring with convicted drug runner Nick Paltos to pervert the
course of justice.
The events were depicted in the ABC series Blue
Murder, which was cleared for screening in NSW last month after a
decision to drop a murder charge against notorious criminal Neddy Smith,
who featured in the hit drama.
Mr Drury's medical retirement in March 2000
came after his failure to win promotion to superintendent after 28 years
in the force.
On October 22, 2001, Rogerson pleaded guilty to two charges of managing a corporation while
disqualified, which were brought by the Australian Securities and
Investments Commission (ASIC).
Mr Rogerson appeared in the Downing Centre
Local Court and the matter was prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of
ASIC laid charges in relation to Mr
Rogerson's role in the management of two corporations, Re-Con Holdings Pty
Ltd (also known as Re-Con Scaffolding) and Scafco Scaffolding Pty Ltd
(also known as Ramcon Holdings Pty Ltd).
Mr Rogerson pleaded guilty to managing the
two companies within five years of his release from prison following a
conviction of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
Mr Rogerson was released from prison on 15
December 1995 and later became a director of the two companies whose
principal business activity was in the scaffolding industry.
Mr Rogerson was convicted and required to
enter a two-year good behaviour bond.
As a result of this latest conviction, Mr
Rogerson is prohibited from being involved in the management of a
corporation for a further five years.
The Corporations Law prohibits persons who
have been convicted of, or imprisoned in relation to, offences of serious
fraud or dishonesty from being involved in the management of companies.
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