Evil Life The True Story of the Calabrian Mafia in Australia
The Calabrian mafia is Australia's oldest, largest and most ruthless crime syndicate, trafficking drugs worth billions of dollars and laundering the proceeds through sophisticated international networks.
Enforcing discipline with age-old tools of violence and intimidation, the Calabrians have been responsible for nearly 40 murders in Australia since the mid-1970s and many more before that. Mafia families in Australia report directly to bosses in Calabria and profits are funnelled back to the mother organisation. Yet despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Federal and State law enforcement agencies have long assured the public that there is no Calabrian mafia in Australia.
With powerful and uncompromising clarity, Evil Life shatters this myth. Drawing on court documents and unreleased intelligence reports, as well as interviews with well-informed sources, the authors reveal how the Calabrian mafia evolved from its beginnings on the north Queensland cane fields in the 1920s to establish cells in every major capital city, making Australia a key outpost in the world of global organised crime.
Clive Small and Tom Gilling are the authors of the bestselling Smack Express, Blood Money, Milat and Betrayed. Clive is a former Assistant Commissioner of Police, NSW. Tom Gilling is a highly regarded investigative journalist and fiction writer.
Acknowledgements..About the authors..Authors' note..Introduction..1 The Black Hand..2 New country, new rackets..3 A market for murder..4 The family business..5 The Toronto connection..6 Heroin Central..7 No ordinary crop..8 The Sunshine State..9 Omerta..10 Infiltration..11 It's only revenge..12 Setbacks..13 The South Americans..14 The enemy they dare not name..15 Political connections..16 Ecstasy by the tonne..17 Big debts, little debts..18 A year of living dangerously..19 Behind bars..20 The grass is (always) greener..21 The enemy within..APPENDICES..1 Translation of letter written by Antonio Brando, Melbourne, to Domenico Belle and companions, 24 August 1928..2 Translation of letter written by Antonio Brando, Melbourne, to Domenico Belle, 17 September 1928..3 Translation of letter written by Rocco Trimarchi, Griffith, to Domenico Belle, 26 March 1929..4 Translation of Ritual of the Camorra Society, 15 December 1930..5 Translation of documents relating to the formation of a society found at the residence of Francesco Angilletta, Preston, 14 April 1963..6 Australian 'ndrangheta killings, 1973-2008..Bibliography..Index