A Former Officer’s Experiences at H.M. Prison, Pentridge.


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Main entrance of former H.M.Prison Pentridge i...

Main entrance of former H.M.Prison Pentridge in Melbourne. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

Experiences and history of a former officer’s experience at H.M. Prison Pentridge.

HM Prison Pentridge was an Australian prison built in 1850 in Coburg, Victoria. The first prisoners arrived in 1851. The prison officially closed on 1 May 1997.

Pentridge was often known by the nickname “The Bluestone College”, “Coburg College” or the “College of Knowledge”. The grounds were originally landscaped by renowned landscape gardener Hugh Linaker.  Since decommissioning, the prison has been partly demolished to make way for a housing development. Large buildings have been built and a 16 floor modern apartment block is being planned.

The site is split in two with the northern prison being developed by Valad Property Group and the other areas by Pentridge Village. The National Trust has expressed strong concerns about the nature of the Heritage Victoria-approved Master Plans which involve peppering the walls with holes and building high-density high-rise between the historic divisions.

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159 thoughts on “A Former Officer’s Experiences at H.M. Prison, Pentridge.

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    Cheeers ,queenslandcountrylady, The reason other Prison Officers wont risk becoming whistleblowers, and sticking their necks out, and speaking up. Is that It would ruin their reputations and careers and be a serious criminal breech of trust and bring about disciplinary and legal action, taken against them and even instant dismissal , for a current serving commissioned Prison Correctional Officer, to go public,or communicate outside of their duty and write or talk to the media or use social media internet or facebook, about their Prison workplace environment, or about any Prisoners that are currently under sentence in Her majesties Prisons custody and supervision in all of the Victorian or other Australian States Correctional services Prisons Also because it is , conduct unbecoming and a failure to abide by the good order and management of the Department of Justice Corrections Victoria, protocol.
    I myself paid a very heavy price for rocking the boat, by stepping up as a crown witness, and giving crown evidence, on my own, against many famous gangsters of ,the old Melbourne painters and dockers , serial contract killer, armed robber and Pentridge Prison drug king pins: Prisoner Keith George Faure, whose prison gang, along with his brother Noel Faure was called the Keithy George Boys, KGB, OF H. DIVISION and B.DIVISION and A.DIVISION and Raymond Kane, Brother of Les & Brian Kane, Nicholas the greek Apostiledis, Mick Devlin, Peter Nicola, Shane Fellows, Terry Flannery who all ran a major drug trafficking ring operating in H.M. Prison Pentridge at that time and which, I now know was controlled further up the chain by the Melbourne Gangland which later went to war with each other in 2000, and exposed some corrupt Victoria Police Drug Squad corrupt police officers, who were later sacked and jailed for controlling the drug scene with Alphonse Gangitano, Lewis, Mark & Jason Moran and Carl The Premier Williams, Peter Allen, Victor Pierce, Tony Mokbel who supplied the drug use in all Victorian prisons and the nightclub& street scene and OMG Biker gangs…………………,(And I was thereafter branded for life, a Whistleblower or DOG,RAT informer,) back in 1994 and was ostracized and bastardized ,harassed, threatened by prisoners with contant death threats, and even assaulted off duty on two occasions since and given the silent treatment by my colleagues and was finally placed under disciplinary charges on mental issues grounds and found, unfit and unsuitable to be a Prison Officer and dishonourably forced to resign, because of my stupidity, and not going with the flow, and turning a blind eye to the endemic graft, caused by the power of the drug trade in and out of jail and the greed of corruption it created back then inside., and still does up to this day!…………. I became to dangerous a liability to the corrupt prison system of that time, and the police/ prisons internal investigations ethical standards unit, ordered that I resign, because I was psychologically and mentally unfit to serve with the,Department of Justice Corrections Victoria.
    After I resigned from the Prison service, applied to join Victoria Police, as a Police Officer. but they kept rejecting me and turning me away, because they decided my entrance exam academic marks were not high enough for entrance into the Victoria Police Academy …………….Such is Life………….
    In 2012, Now 25 years later, I applied to become a Prison Officer, again in one of the Department of Justice Corrections Victorias, new modern rehabilitation prisons………The bastards, would even give me a interview, or let me sit for the entrance exam…….. I should have known they never forgive or forget, that I once spoke up on there system……….Funny how there justice system forgives parolee prisoners though and gives them another chance at changing their rotten lives..
    ………………………………….SIGNED H.M.PRISON, WHISTLEBLOWER, DOG RAT!

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    Cheers Readers and writers on Aussies Criminals in the discussion lounge. queenslandcountrylady, asked me why other Prison Officers, don’t speak up about what is going on in our prisons. The true fact is , that may other Prison Officers and criminals go out and prove me wrong, but there is a fear and danger among both police and prison officers, both serving and now out of the service, that if you become a whistleblower, on corruption, then you had better watch your back, you can go missing in action, and never be heard of again…… Just to clarify was I mean, in the recent past and still today, there was a now recently exposed, in and around 2011 & 2012, an organised crime syndicate of H.M.PRISON BARWON , prisoners and a group, of then serving, since charged and discharged…. Prison Officers, carrying out a major drug trafficking ring, inside the most high security section of Maximum Security ACASIA UNIT and throughout the mainstream jail and outside Barwon prison with a high profile PRISONER: CHRISTOPHER WAYNE HUDSON, who is a well connected player in the Australian Hells Angels and other notorious 1% Outlaw Biker Gangs,(OMGS), and this corrupt network group of Prison Officers, were not the only suspicious happenings at H.M. BARWON……………? PRISONER:CARL WILLIAMS , was murdered in high security, and was arranged by a corrupt police detective sergeant, who was later charged and sent to jail, but later released, on a lack of no witnesses to testify against him, and all charges were dropped and he was found not guilty, and the hitman , who done the prison murder, PRISONER: MATTHEW JOHNSON, got sentenced to life, saying that he acted alone?…………………………………And the Most disturbing un-solved mystery, which could also be connected to the corruption of PRISONER: CARL WILLIAMS, and strange corrupt activities in H.M. PRISON BARWON. Is the un-explained and unsolved, mysterious disappearance of the most senior and well respected, Governor, Prison General Manager ,in charge of H.M.PRISON BARWON, PRISON OFFICER PAUL PRIDEAUX?……. Who disappeared, by foul play, without a trace, and his body has never been found, after extensive police and civilian searches, where he failed to return back to a bush camping and deer hunting hut, when he was on a holiday in the Victorian mountains high country………….,,,AS Their is to much to write here on this mystery……….Aussie criminal readers might be interested to check out goggle chrome, and type up……….MY BROTHERS KEEPER, THE DISAPEARANCE OF PAUL PRIDEAUX, and check out the video, photos and the extensive stories, by the weekend Australian, and other posted links, on this lesser known case of foul play and corruption in our Prison System and Ganglands controlled Australia.,…… I recommend this un-solved crime to every one.!…..It must be solved.!………………………..CHEERS EVERYONE,KEEP UP THE EXCELLENT WORK ON THE AUSSIE CRIMINALS SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES, EXPOSING OUR WORST CRIMINALS, regards from STEVE, EX, H.M.PRISON PENTRIDGE OFFICER.

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    Cheers Dan, glad you enjoy my posts, thanks.
    I did get the privilege to shake his hand and talk to the Old Pentridge Knock about Priest Father John Bronson, just before he retired as the H.M.Pentridge Prison Chaplin, he used to hold church services for the prisoners, that had renewed their faith in god in the Pentridge gaol Chapel. A absolutely genuine compassionate gem of a man, and a saint to many old lag prisioners. He was very respected , by Prison Officers and the hardest of prisoners, and was part of the Pentridge furniture, and I bet his spirit is still in pentridge, even though it is long closed as a working gaol. Father John Brosnan, was the last man to talk and comfort Prison escapee: RONALD RYAN,as his counsellor, and give him his last rites, on death row in his condemned cell,and who was the last man hanged in Pentridge Prison.on the D.DIVISION, hangmens gallows…. Its my belief RYAN was a innocent man, of being charged with the murder of Prison Officer George Hodson, It was another Prison Officer, who accidently shot him by accident, trying to stop RONALD RYAN and PETER WALKER, from escaping. And the Prison Officer that accidently shot Officer Hodson, instead of hitting Ronald Ryan, later committed suicide over his guilt .of shooting his fellow colleague….. Ronald Ryan did have a Prison Officers rifle that he took from the tower officer, to make his passage of escape clear and use him as a hostage, and it could be argued, he was prepared to shoot, but he didn’t, and when he was running from the Pentridge tower, he was in a panic, and he jammed the rifle breech, not knowing how to use the rifle and ejected the bullet instead of firing it. He was more interested in getting away from Pentridge and taking a hostage in a moving car, than, having a shot out. with several Prison Officers running after him and Peter Walker. Otherwise if he was serious about killing a Prison Officer he would have shot the tower guard, and other guards after him, while trying to run out on to Champ Street and the busy Sydney Road. And the lethal bullet was fired from the Pentridge Prison main gate, which was in the opposite direction, to where Ryan was running during his escape. It was a big cover up, and the bullets were suspiciously never found, that prisoner Ryan ejected, and was supposed to have killed the Prison Officer Hodson. The tough prison system, as it was back in 1967,was still bashing and brutalising prisoners sentenced to H.DIVISION and forcing them to break their sanity and certify them insane, by starving them, forcing them with corporal punishment on forced hard labour, crushing rocks. and military bastardization regimes of mind games and torture. RONALD RYANS public hanging was to be seen as a deterrence for other prisoners considering attempting a break out, and to be seen as a harsh warning that justice would be served up tough on any other dangerous prisoners that would try and copy Ronald Ryan ,escapade ,because a Prison Officer had been killed in the line of his duty, which was directly brought about because of the actions of Ronald Ryans daring and planned escape, with another dangerous prisoner Peter Walker…. He was also the reason the death penalty was to be later abolished in Australia. Because of mass public protests over still having a death penalty….. Which was probably in later years not a good thing, when you now have the worst possible prisoners in jail like the Anita Cobby Murderers, Ivan Milat, Peter Dupas, Steven Hunter, Adrian Bayley, etc. Their were a lot worst prisoners than Ronald Ryan, years later, in 1970, Child killer DEREK PERCY should of hung , not Ryan that should of hanged. Peter Walker was more dangerous than Ryan,and he escaped the noose, but he murder a man while on the run with Ryan………………………. And Peter Walker was eventually let out after a brutal stint of H.DIVISON, and later B. DIVISION,after doing hard labour and punishment, but he was spared the gallows, and years later, released from prison. I think he is still alive, somewhere, living in the country., Peter Walker did commit a murder, but not Ryan……Maybe sentencing the worst prisoners to 35 years and life, never to be released and Governors Pleasure, is a tougher more just closure for victim of crime, than a draconian quick hanging.
    After Father Bronson retired from Pentridge he was a priest at the Brosnen centre, which was a boarding house hostel, which took in homeless released prisoners, and tried to help them get back on track. and get out of the cycle of crime. Father John Bronson , Pentridge chaplin replacement was a Jesuit Priest Father Peter Norton, who also a good humanitarian man like Father Bronson.

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    Sam , I sorry you must have experienced the bashings, and know what it was like, about being in the slot, and the harsh way the basher screws, treated the ghosts of the civil dead , by brutalizing every prisoner down, there, systematically with mind games making them crazy and trying to break and certify them down there often 5& 6 hand picked of the worst Pentridge screws in the cells and in in the tunnel, and the labour yards on the cross, and when the Black Prince was running H.DIVISION. And Governor Quinn. Sounds like you lived and breathed down in the slot with the KLU KLUX KLAN SCREWS and got a right whack with the black panadol , in the old H.DIVISION. IN the 1960,s and the 1970,s, back when old Bill O’ Mearly was tortured, beaten daily and starved on bread and water in HELL DIVISON. IF you were a H.DIVISION crim, then you wood known of its most famous guests over the years.-PRISONERS: RUSSELL MAD DOG COX, MARK CHOPPER REID, JUILIAN KNIGHT, GREG BRAZEL, CRAIG MINOGUE, ROY RED RAT POLLET, MICK METCALF, KEITHY GEORE FAURE, HUGO OLAF DEITRICH RICH,CHRIS BINSE, GARY DAVID, TERRY FLANNERY, SHANE FELLOWS, VICTOR PIERCE, JIMMY REIMERS, MARK CHAPMAN, PETER McEVOY, RAY CHUCK BENNETT, ALEX TSASMARKIS, ROBERT LARSON, STEVEN HUNTER, DENNIS ALLEN, PETER ALLEN, PETER REED, CHRIS DALE FLANNERY, RAY DENNING, STAN TAYLOR, HAROLD PECKMAN, BOBBY BARRON, RICHARD MLADNITCH, JIMMY LOUGHNEN, BARRY QUINN, AMBROSE PALMER, BILLY THE TEXAN LONGLEY, GREAME JENSON, DANE SWEETMAN, MATTHEW JOHNSON, VICTOR BRINCAT, KEVIN TAYLOR who cut off CHOPPERS ears, LAURIE PRENDERGAST, SHANE ROWLAND, RAY MOONEY, BRIAN & LES KANE, PETER WALKER, DANNY GALAGHER, KEVIN GUTTSALL, NICK APOSTILEDIES, PETER NICOLA,RAY KANE, RODNEY COLLINS, MICK DEVLIN, PAUL HAIGH,TED EASTWOOD, RODNEY WILSON,TERRY TOGNOGLINI, PAUL CAPTAIN CREMIN, and most of B.DIVISION, AND A.DIVISION, at one time or another. And the rest of the Good, The Bad, And The Ugly..of H.M.PRISON PENTRIDGE!!!………………………… And this list is not on the Public Records.TO LOOK UP……..And not all H.division Prison Officers were Maggotts, but many of the above treated me like a maggot, by threatening me, by bashing me off duty, and just two years ago nearly killed, me a gang of 12 crims, kicking me to the head. I never once , did any thing to any of them. They were the maggot cowards……………….How come you crims, carry jail knives, shivs, to stab and rape each other, when the Prison Officers aren’t even near you, if you are all so nice and innocent in jail, like Matthew Johnson and Greg Brazel, Steven Hunter and Adrian Bayley and Peter Dupas, real class act coward pieces of shit, who need to be sent back to the old H.division for a good bashing, just like they brutally treated and took the life away from their poor bloody victims ,and their families, the low lives……….If it was up to me, I would bloody open up H..division again, and make them crush rocks and rot in Hell Division, like in the Bolte Days 1960,S- 1970,S.,……SLOT,………………. ON THE CROSS.!.
    By the way, when I served in THE H.DIVISION SLOT, I wasn’t hand picked because I was brutal, I was a bloody honest diligent , non corrupt, Prison Officer, who was awarded two Bravery Commendations, for preventing two mass breakout Prison Escapes by prisoners over the prison wall. Many Hardened tough Pentridge crims, might not like me, but I was firm and also fair, and they would still know me from when I served in Pentridge, If you ask any on the above list, that are still alive, if I once ever treated any of them badly or once bashed any of them. Then they will all tell you no, and they all knew me , in all of H.DIVISION, B.DIVISION AND A.DIVISION. Where as,- – I got a lot of shit, verbal derogatory abuse, spat at, assaulted and called a maggot, and a dog, on a daily basis by many of them. They were not sent to the slot, for getting a parking ticket, only for being The Great Bookie Robbers, The Russell Street Bombers, The Hoddle Street Massacre , The Walsh Street Police Killers , Serial Murderers and Rapists, Violent Armed Robbers. Underworld Hitmen Killers, Drug Pushers.. So don’t call me a coward!!!……….That why I am no longer. .a serving Prison Officer, all the crims and bent Drug Dealing corrupt screws give me a nervous breakdown, and certified me, from ever working as a Prison Officer again for life………..

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    SAM, please understand me, I can full empathise with you, over what you know happened under the authority of Governor Grindley, Governor Quinn and his Chief Prison Officer Black Prince, notorious run H.Divison days, with his team of mongrel animal instinct basher and murderous predatory, screws, running terror and anarchy through the slot, in coward gangs of hand picked thugs. But in my experience, H.Divison was no longer a punishment regime, but a segregation regime, to keep rival prisoner enemies apart from stabbing, bashing, raping and killing each other. In a more strict , isolated way of high protection, and solitary confinement to cells, under lock down separation of main stream prison trouble makers and escape artists, for their own safety , more humane containment, methods of a strictly military prisoner management run regime of H.Division, which was run by better trained Prison Officers than the Basher screws, before The Dickinson Pentridge Prison inquiries, and prison riots, of 1974. When I WAS IN H.Division the un- official Governor of the slot was Mark Brandon Chopper Reid, and he was the billet with his offsider Juilian Knight, Craig Minogue, so it was nothing like the Bill O,Meally , and the Chris Flannery bad old days. Most of the brutal screws that you mention, were pensioned out or transferred to the security squad, main gate and tower duty, where they were to never have contact with prisoners again. A new more professional team of Prison Officers were trained for a firm but fair, more professionally, and accountable run H.Division, when I was posted therein 1989. There were still a few bashers in pentridge, but nothing like, in the old days. IF I was to go public and name corrupt screws I worked with , the law wont protect me from harm and payback, even if I was to ask to go into witness protection. I will not go into any detail here, you can call me a weak coward, and tell me to do my duty and man up. But at the end of the day, I would be signing my own death warrant, and get my right whack, heading for a un- marked grave, to keep me silent…. Look at the way it now appears that the highest ranks in Victoria Police, have maybe stitched up Former Detective Paul Dale over the Hodsons Police informers murders, and His accused corruption friendship with Carl Williams, that got him sent to acasia unit in Barwon Prison. Its starting to appear that Paul Dale could indeed be be innocent, of arranging Carl Williams murder by Matthew Johnson. And it could instead have been set up to happen in Acasia, by unknown Corrupt Prison Officers and even Corrupt Victoria Police connections in the Gangland. And Paul Dale was being used as the scape goat. He done a very emotionally interview with 3AW, Melbourne Radio Broadcaster Neil Mitchell, sound very convincing to me, and I had previously thought he may have been behind the Carl Williams murder. Now I am not so sure anymore. If Paul Dale is innocent of any Gangland involvement, and he has now wrote a book to clear his name, from his allegations ,of conspiracy to murder and corruption. Then who is or are,? the corrupt police and Prison Officers, that made sure, Carl Williams, was not going to be a crown witness in court over the hodsons murders. It is looking like a legal minefield, and especially after what has happened, to the Governor of Barwon Prison, David Prideaux, in 2012. He has suspiciously and mysteriously disappeared without a trace, in the remote Victorian high country, and was an experience bushwalker and deer hunter, and was armed with a high powered rifle, when he failed to return to his base camp, bush hut. And a extensive search of the remote mountain county, has failed to find his body or his rifle. and he looks like he could be the victim of foul play and corruption of the highest level. Also Governor David Prideaux , older brother was a Senior Prison Officer in H.Division, and one of his other brothers Paul Prideaux, who was the twisted branch in a honest family, was once a sentenced armed robber,in Pentridge A.Division, and has redeemed his ways, and has said, he will not ever give up searching for the unexplained disappearance of his well respected brother, who was an honest Prison Officer and Governor of H.M.PRISON BARWON. He has a story about the Barwon Prison connected disappearance of his brother, on The Australian , Magazine web site, titled, MY BROTHER KEEPER, The disappearance of Barwon Boss David Prideaux. The now notorious Acasia High Security Unit, is the modern day prison version of the old H.Division. And the high calibre of dangerous inmates in Acasia unit, well lets say this, that if any of them ever get released back into the free world. The Gangland wars, and the tit for tat, power plays, for control of the streets and drug trade of Melbourne, will be on again for young crim, and old crim. Victor Brincat, Christopher Wayne Hell Angels Hudson, Greg Brazel, Matthew Johnson, Terry OMG, Arsonist Tognolini, Craig Minogue, it wont be just rent a kill, it would be kill and conquer for the thrill of it. Just like many of the prisoners in the 1970,s that were let out of the slot of H.Division, they went back out in to the free world, like Chris Flannery, and Stanley Taylor and extracted their pound of flesh and killed with out mercy, in a all out bang, causing immense collateral damage, and many victims, in their dead set institutionalized upbringing of powerless to stop by the violent forced rape and violence inflicted on them by the boys home, reform school masters, and followed by the brutalizing in Pentridge prison H.Division. and Boys Homes as the brutality of the slot, and harsh boys homes had programed them to do. As you said Sam, they went in Pentridge as Armed Robbers, or knock about crims, and normal prisoners who took no shit from the hard arse screws, and after being charged in Governors court for insubordination, were brutalised, in the most violent way of military bastardization methods, to break them, down mentally and torture their minds into submission, which in effect, had the reverse consequences and made them , want to fuck the world, love , hate and kill for the sake of hate and revenge towards the state of a brutalised authority brought down upon their twisted already criminal minds, into stone cold killers .

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    • You have the ability to write about things others would find hard. Your portrayal of the inside workings of the prison system illuminates for us a picture of a world not usually seen by law-abiding citizens going about their daily lives in the community.

      There is a documentary somewhere in there.

      These words say much:
      [Quote] in their dead set institutionalized upbringing of powerless to stop by the violent forced rape and violence inflicted on them by the boys home, reform school masters, and followed by the brutalizing in Pentridge prison H.Division
      and Boys Homes as the brutality of the slot, and harsh boys homes had programed them to do.{Unquote].

      … “and made them want to fuck the world, love, hate and kill for the sake of hate and revenge towards the state of a brutalised authority brought down upon their twisted already criminal minds, into stone cold killers”.

      Brilliantly said IMHO.

      Your writings give ‘voice’ to these complex concepts
      Thanks.

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  6. This is information willingly given by someone with experience. Not shared lightly, I would have thought. I for one am grateful for his honesty and generosity in being prepared to educate each of us a little (or a lot) more. Just wish that the media might pick up and deliver something very newsworthy to all of us. Thank you for a rather staggering insight. I sincerely hope that you have found some kind of peace in a world outside of these horrors.

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  7. very interesting do you remember the police inquiry in the 70’s about the illagal abortions the corruption in the homicide squad Dr Rainer i think his name was went up against the lot of them the top brass of the squad were convicted of corruption sentenced to between 3 and 5 yrs goal that man did have balls.its likely more dangerous now but that doctor took them all on witch forced a royal commission.he died years later but not from their doing.we all took our hat off to that man.its a pity we couldn’t have a federal intervention on corruption instead of state cover ups.investigating themselves. WHAT a joke!

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  8. Thanks Robbo, for setting up this excellent historic presentation page for Prison experiences and prison history information, with the grand old H.M.PRISON PENTRIDGE photograph, circa 1997 before it closed forever. Of the landmark Pentridge Main Gate and its famous clock tower, and the photo of the Prison Officers on duty inside Pentridge H. Division. If only this grand old solid bluestone Victorian Era public Maximum Security Gaol, was still fully intact, as it was in 1997, and was still being used as a fully functioning prison………………………..Pentridge Gaol was giving the death sentence and was found guilty of being to harsh on the prisoners by the bleeding hearts, prison rights activists, civil libertarians, and do-gooder prisoners rights politicians of all governments.

    Pentridge Prison had none of the modern prison free comfortable five star, well feed three choice prison chefs meals with privileged, gym, foxtel, computer, swimming pool, private cell shower, heating and cooling conditions and rights, that the present criminals, complain about, sue and appeal against the harshness of their long and often too short sentences……… H.M. PRISON PENTRIDGE, was a real gaol, and no prisoners were ever in a hurry to return to it , with good reason and make it their retreat for a holiday resort, between crimes. Not like CLUB BARWON OR LODDON, which have No Vacancies at the moment, with Victoria Prisons and Police cells all overcrowding and bursting at the seams. Both the current Liberal/Nationals and the Labour Governments decommissioned , closed down and demolished so much of this functional fully operational and harsh and secure prison building, along also at around the same time, with several other strong then still working, functional , operating country prisons of .H.M. PRISONS GEELONG , BENDIGO , BEECHWORTH, ARARAT, CASTLEMAINE . Now all forced Closed, decommissioned, demolished and lost forever to The Victorian Prison Service, and the Victorian Governments lack of vision to the modern day increases in violent heinous crimes committed by ever increasing, armed robberies drug trafficking- and use, and sexual, and domestic and public assaults, right up to murder. ……………………………………………
    Thanks again Robbo, and all readers and writers of the outstanding contributions and articals, keeping everyone on Aussie criminal up to date on the latest criminal intelligence….. I am most honoured by all your comments, to my postings, and hope to post more information on Victorian Criminals and Prison History for those who are interested. CHEERS, Steve.

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    • Posted on behalf of GerbilHuntingSeason:

      Steven, you are a brave and honourable man.

      You have given us invaluable insight into how ‘the system’ works.

      I’m sure I am not alone in being absolutely “gobsmacked” by your revelations.

      You talk of such incredible hostilities between prisoners, officers, and both.

      Do you believe that such is still occurring in our prisons?

      Or is Gerard Baden-Clay likely to be a “protected species” as has seemed to be the case throughout his pre-incarcerated life?

      I’m not asking you to cast judgement at all. Just interested in how you think he is faring in Arthur Gorrie.

      Thank you for your preparedness to bare your soul and knowledge with us.

      I hope you are travelling OK since you divorced yourself from such an horrendous working situation. You must have been mentally and psychologically drained completely.

      My very best wishes to you. I think you are an inspirational survivor of what seems to be a damn crook set-up.

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      • I am a currently serving correctional officer at a Victorian prison. Yes, I am feeling paranoid writing this reply, due the system Steve describes. Prisoners like Gerard Baden- Clay are a highly protected species, who do gain special privileges for being High Profile. No-one at the Department of Justice wants another Williams incident. Correctional Officers can be sacked for laying a hand on a prisoner, even a shove can be grounds for dismissal as it can be interpreted as using excessive force, Yes, this is true.

        Thank you Steve for your valuable information about Pentridge. I hope that you have some more valuable information to share with us. I work with a lot of old Pentridge officers, but no-one talks. I wonder why?

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  9. Hi Steve,
    You have provided, and hopefully will continue to provide, an incredible insight into the workings of prison life and the prison officers and criminals therein from your first-hand experience. You are obviously a man who has seen and experienced so much, that most of us know little about. For your knowledge and vivid accounts, not to mention your integrity and valid criticism of the judicial and penal systems in Australia in our current environment, we thank you. I have personally been intrigued over a number of decades, by the workings of criminals minds and have read many books to gain an insight into what drives criminals and how their minds work (many prisoners write detailed accounts of their lives and circumstances while in jail), what their lives were like before and after crime, what they experience in jail etc. From your posts I’ve gained further knowledge, looking up various inmates you refer to in your posts. You raise very valid points about corruption and lenient sentencing of violence criminals, which are of grave concern to us all in the community. There will always be criminals in society, and it’s interesting to gain an understanding into something that none of us can afford to ignore. Thank you for your input to this site.

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  10. Donald Mackay the anti-drug campaigner, is the one of bravest man , of all time in Australia, and his victim wife Barbera. Don Mackay who as a incorruptible politician and police informer tried to expose the marijuana capital of Australia at that time. The organised crime, the honoured society, Lonerata, Calabrian Italians of the NSW riverina and The GRIFFITH MAFIA. and Melbourne Honoured Society Mafia all the corrupt NSW police involved in protecting the Robert Aussie Bob Trimbole and family drug syndicate mob and all the high profile SYDNEY CRIMINALS, and the MELBOURNE GANGLAND GANGSTERS, who are still living it up as the untouchables in Carlton Lygon Street Melbourne, with legitimate businesses, to this very day. When I was in J. DIVISION PENTRIDGE AND LATER IN LODDON PRISON, I supervised Don Mackays murderer hitman, PRISONER: JAMES FREDERICK BAZLEY, who was one of the notorious Painters and Dockers of the Melbourne waterfront dock workers. He is one stone cold killer, he would never admit his guilt over the disappearance , and wont say where he hide or disposed of his body. He is one tough crim, and out lived so many of his murderous criminal associates, He always kept a low profile, was like a grandfather among other prisoners and was a model prisoner, and trusted billet or cleaner in Pentridge, and was always quietly spoken and courteous. He had a disguised personality in prison. But I was always fully aware of his involvement in the Donald Mackay murder and that he had the disguised personality of a chilling killer, who had killed Donald Mackay, for $10000, in 1978, and was also suspected of doing paid contract murders on at least three separate occasions before he went inside Pentridge for a life sentence. He has since been released on a minimum sentence, and after all this time he still will never talk to police and he will take his secrets with him to the grave. Just as he would not give Donald Mackays wife Barbera, any closure, and tell her where he disposed of Dons body, before she sadly too later died of a broken heart. He is one of those tough criminals like Russell Mad Dog Cox., who will murder, if the need be, but Who will never give any of his fellow crims up,t the police. Or talk about the crimes he has committed, especially contract killings, he will keep always this his secret. Un-less Donald Mackays remains are ever found, and DNA, or forensic evidence, or a witness is found. Which seem very unlikely. The Donald Mackay contract murder will remain a mystery. Frederick James Bazley is not innocent, but he is not talking either. Criminal Killers have no conscience.
    And neither do a lot of other high profile criminals, and a good legal system, and corruption, sees that they continue to prosper as the untouchables in this world of drugs, guns , dirty money and greed!!!……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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  11. To everyone on Aussie criminals, if you have not already seen this on ” youtube,” please watch, { PRISON LAWSUITS }…… On the bleeding hearts and prison activist do-gooders, one who is an ex bank robber and the other a human rights lawyer, defending at tax payers expense, the likes of PRISONERS: JUILIAN KNIGHT and PAUL DENYER , and other prisoners, helping them in their vexatious jail litigations of prisoners rights to sue, with the help of legal aid. For damages and crimes compensation, if a prisoner is hurt in prison, or their food is not up to standard, their treatment is to harsh or whatever and they want discount cigarettes and coca cola and luxuries, sold in their prisons shop canteen. etc,etc. This explains what I could not in a thousand words, except to say, that after seeing this after the injustice I received, being driving out of the prison service,while trying to expose, corruption and drug trafficking in the Victorian Prisons. I am absolutely furious and shocked with anger and outrage of this insult to all victims of crime, and the suffering and loss these prisoner low-lives have caused to their victims, as a result of their heinous brutal violent murders. These bastards don’t deserve the privilege of human rights, in fact they only deserve bread and water and the lash. This is the future softness of Australian Prisons…………It is all about their humane containment and civil liberties and human rights inside their university of crime and rehabilitation !………………………………………………..
    JUILIAN KNIGHT started of his prison sentence in 1987, after the Hoddle Street Clifton Hill Melbourne massacre ,sentenced to life imprisonment for seven murders and 10 years concurrently for 46 counts of attempted murder, a total minimum sentence for good behaviour of 27 years, and was sent to high security in H. Division Pentridge, for his protection from other prisoners, who didn’t like what he had done. He was moved to H.M.Barwon Prison in 1990, after he got into a knife fight with other prisons, when on the same day in Pentridge A.Division another prisoner serial rapist: Paul Kevin Cremmen was murdered found bashed in a prison cell, wedged under a steel prison bed, with extensive head injuries and multiple stab wounds to the throat and chest. Also in Pentridge on the same day in another section of the prison, called B.Division, Underworld gangland contract serial hitman and armed robber, drug dealer Prisoner Keith George Faure was stabbed twice in the chest by other prisoner trying to take over the power play of Prisoner Faure who was the King pin of all Pentridge Prison. Also, Prisoners warned Prison Officers that if Juilian Knight was not taken away from Pentridge, he will leave in a wooden box , His only friends and his protectors in Pentridge were Prisoners: Mark Chopper Read, Ted Eastwood, Craig Minogue and Paul Steven Haigh, but after Mark Chopper Read, was released from H.Division in 1990, Knight know longer had any muscle protection, and carried a jail made knife, when ever he was not in his cell and around other prisoners. But he was also in serious danger at Barwon Prison, so he had to be locked up in the Barwon Prison Acasia High Security Unit, on 24 hours high protection lock down for hi own safety and still in much constant danger of being murdered by rival prisoners, trying to better their bad violent reputations, in the Victorian Prison System. So Knight had to be kept getting moved around the different sections of he prisons. Ever since he has been moved around different high security maximum security prisons, to keep him safe from harm, he has always been a management problem, and of bad behaviour. But the Prison Officers must treat him with a duty of care, especially as he is such a notorious high profile protected prisoner…. He is a management nightmare, and because he was military trained in the Duntroon Australian Defence Academy, he has military inbred survival skills and firearms skills, so his is a category A2, rated highest Security risk management prisoner, which makes him extremely dangerous to transport to and from court. with out constant supervision and body restraints to prevent him from escaping, once out side of prison, and moved into the court room….. Once he was even found with the master plans of Barwon Prison in his cell, and Swastikas and nazi materials and a picture of Adolf Hitler in his cell, which when removed by the Prison Officers, Juilian Knight took them to court. When the Prison officers took away his computer privileges, and confiscated his computer, because of un-authorised use , He again took them to court, dressed in his nice three piece suit. He has, non stop continued in the last 25 years, to use the legal system to the full force of the law, to move him around the modern country club prisons, to get himself the highest protection, prison paid perks and Aust-study, University level education courses, and used jailhouse law by himself and other jailhouse lawyer prisoners, to get endless trips to get himself back and forward the courts, on appals , with tax payers legal aid council, to fight his never ending legal challenges for his prison rights, and grievances for his alleged allegations, real or imagined causes of complaint, with the prison and legal system, at his beck and call. He is due for parole in 2014…. Prisoner: Paul Denyer, who in cold blood murdered three , that is known of, young woman, has legally fought with the aid of the courts and legal aid, to get a sex change, dress up as a female in maximum security Barwon Prison. To date he has not been successful with his cause………..
    ITS ALL A BLOODY JOKE…. BUT NO ONE IN THE REAL WORLD OF VICTIMS, WOULD SEE THIS PRISON LAWSUITS AS FUNNY, AND INSTEAD OF LAUGHING THEY WOULD BE CRYING IN PAIN AND SADNESS BECAUSE OF THESE MONGRALLS..AND THE MISERY THEY HAVE ALL CAUSED !!!………………………………..

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  12. PRISONER ARIEL CASTRO: HOUSE OF HORRORS KIDNAPPER AND RAPIST TORTURER OF INNOCENT WOMEN FOR 10 YEARS.
    Found dead in his high protection, suicide watch cell. At OHIO REHABILITATION & CORRECTION FACILITY, in ORIENT, OHIO, U.S.A., after being sentenced to 1000 years, no parole.
    JUSTICE SERVED, now in Hell Division Penitentiary with CHILD ABDUCTOR AND MURDERER : DEREK PERCY. REHABILITATED, beyond a reasonable doubt!. To be imprisoned for the rest of eternity in HELL……………………………………………………………….Some, small amount of closure to all the victims…………………….

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  13. Aussie crims readers, IF you have ever watched the U.S.Prison Video series” OZ, ” Emerald City…. MATTHEW JOHNSON, a one time violent bouncer, is the Victorian Prisons , Prisoners of War- General , much on the same lines as the neo nazi , white supreminist Aryan brotherhood gangs in American Prisons, which control through intimination and extreme violence and homosexual enforcement, and drug trafficking , contract murders , bashings, rapes, in all U.S. Prisons. Recommend watching OZ, that pretty much dead set explains the culture of all maximum security prisoners. Also check out Aryan Brotherhood prison gang docos on youtube. Matthew Johnstone was trained up in the art of war, from his mentor Mark Chopper Reid and the Old H.Division Pentridge days of the Undercoat Gang and the Klu Klux Klan, that ran in the slot of Hell Division, with the help of the screws, with extreme violence, unchecked. Now days the slot or the hole or the shoe, is H.M. Prison Barwon, Acasia, High Security Unit. And Matthew Johnson is the Barwon Lifers Bouncer and Crowd controller, General of Prison Security……or Prisoners of War !…………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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  14. JAILHOUSE SQUEEZE
    INMATE INFLUX SEES STATE,S CELLS STRETCHED TO BREAKING POINT
    The number of people jailed in Victoria has grown faster than any other state since the election of the Coalition State Government. A 17 per cent surge in prisoners from the Governments tough on crime approach has led to severe prison over- crowding and added an estimated $80 million a year to the annual jail bill…………The average daily number of inmates jumped by 770 to 5323 between 2010 and the three months to June 30 this year, figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics yesterday reveal…………..The figures show that as jail cells overflow, the number of criminals given community based orders is falling, down from 9248 a day on average in 2010, to 8948 in three months to June 30 this year……………Corrections Minister Edward O,Donohue said the Coalition made no apology for being a law and order government. ” The Coalition was elected to bring the system more into line with community expectations and is doing so,” he said. ”Even so, the number of people in prison in Victoria as a proportion of the population is well below most other states, and he Australian average.”………………Mr O,Donohue said the shortage of space was a direct result of Labor,s failure to build a new prison despite being advised three times to do so. ” The Coalition is now building that prison, and has fixed Labor,s botched Ararat Prison expansion project……..Since coming to Government, the Coalition has added 560 prison beds to the system, with another 1485 beds now in the pipeline.”…………………………………..
    The Herald Sun last month revealed some police interview rooms were now serving as jails, with more than 100 camp beds added to seven jails in a bid to ease the squeeze………………But the number of inmates being guarded by police rather than being put in jail cells continues to grow.
    As many as 340 inmates a day ( 268 on average ) have been held in police facilities this month, well above the target of 100 prisoners……………. Police spokeswoman Lisa Beechey said: ” It is increasingly a concern to Victoria Police that in recent months we have witnessed a steady rise in the number of prisoners being held in police cells.”…………………..The Community and Public Sector Union said the situation was deteriorating fast……………….”Tensions inside are increasing markedly,”…………………Spokesman Andrew Capp said,……………”’Bashings and assaults, prisoner on prisoner, and prisoner on officer, are escalating.”…………………

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  15. THE COALITION AND LABOR SHOULD NOT HAVE CLOSED DOWN AND DECOMMISSIONED
    H.M. PRISON PENTRIDGE – H.M.PRISON GEELONG – H.M.PRISON BENDIGO – H.M.PRISON CASTLEMAINE – H.M.PRISON ARARAT J WARD – JIKA JIKA K. DIVISION AND H.DIVISION AND B. DIVISION AND A.DIVISION AND J.DIVISION MAXIMUM SECURITY HIGH SECURITY MANAGMENT UNIT PRISONS. …………………. HAD THESE GOVERNMENTS AND THEIR DO-GOODERS, BLEEDING HEARTS, HUMAN RIGHTS AND PRISON ACTIVISTS- NOT CONDEMED THESE OLD PRISONS AS BEING TO HARSH, AND OUT OF TOUCH WITH TODAYS HUMANE CONTAINMENT UNIT MANAGMENT COUNTRY CLUB REHABILITATION CONDITIONS OF MODERN CORRECTIONS……….. AND WENT ON A WAR PATH, CLOSING DECOMMISSIONING AND DEMOLISHING A LARGE PART OF THEM, SO THAT THEY COULD NOT BE RE-OPENED AGAIN………………………. THEN THERE WOULD NOW BE PLENTY OF ROOM, ALONG SIDE THE NEW PRISONS NOW BEING BUILT TO LOCK AWAY THE PRESENT PRISONER OVERCROWDING CRISIS IN VICTORIAN POLICE CELLS.., AND FREE UP VICTORIA POLICE FROM FROM BEING PRISON OFFICERS, TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE POLICING DUTIES………… ………………..BUT WHAT WOULD I KNOW;
    I ONLY MAINTAINED SECURITY AND GOT TWO COMMENDATIONS FOR BRAVERY FOR PREVENTING THE MASS BREAKOUT OF SEVERAL DANGEROUS PRISONERS, AND FOR POTENTALLY PUTTING MYSELF IN DANGER AT THE RISK OF MAINTAINING THE GOOD ORDER AND SECURITY OF THE PRISON AND COMMUNITY BY PREVENTING THE ESCAPE, AND NUMEROUS DETECTION OF DRUGS , JAIL MADE WEAPONS AND UNAUTHORISED TOOLS AND JAIL BREWED ALCOHOL IN PRISON, WHILE GUARDING OVER THE WORST CRIMINALS IN AUSTRALIA IN H. DIVISION AND A. DIVISION, B.DIVISION, J.DIVISION. AND ARE NOW CONSIDERED UN- SUITABLE, UNQUALIFIED AND OF BAD CHARACTER TO BE A VICTORIAN PRISON OFFICER BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CORRECTIONS VICTORIA………………….

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  16. JIKA JIKA K.DIVISION HIGH SECURITYUNIT, cost millions of dollars to build in he 1970,s and 1980,s it was then state of the art in high security prisons, in Austalia, second only to H.M.LONG BAY KATINGAL HIGH SECURITY MANAGMENT UNIT. And H. DIVISION Pentridge. IT was Called the electronic zoo and the fish bowl. It was very secure but not a very nice place to be for a maximum security prisoners. But the prisoners that were locked up in there were very not nice people at all. And after a group of them including Russell Street Police station bomber and young police constable murder Prisoner: Craig Minogue survived the fire they deliberately lit under a riot and prison protest in 1988. 5 prisoners died of self inflicted smoke inhalation. In 1990 JIKA JIKA was closed down as a high security unit and was turned into a special purpose unit for prisoners with AIDS and HIV diseases. And re-named K.division, and was not to be called JIKA JIKA, Any more. When Pentridge prison closed down in 1997, along with H. divison. It was a few years later demolished to make way for the new Pentridge Village Housing estate. Another waste of tax payers money, and a further cause to Victoria,s shortage of prison beds. And both coalition and labor governments have continued to close down what they define as outdated, or to remote or to draconian or harsh or not up to modern humane containment standards of healh and safety for the Victorian Prison systems prisoners, welfare rehabilitation and unit management of prisoners human rights for the the re-entry back into the community.

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  17. FLOATING PRISON IDEA.
    A writer in the Herald Sun 50/50 Letters,Mr Bobby Fenwick of Beaurmaris Melbourne, has come up with the excellent and perfect idea, for getting rid of our worst scum bag prisoners ,and a marvellous solution to the jailhouse squeeze problem of police and prison cells overcrowding. And the revolving door methods of letting out prisoners early on slap on the wrist, short sentences, to relieve prisons bursting at the seams……………….Also the same prisoners re-offending and there being no jail space , to keep them locked away of our streets permanently!……………………………
    IN The 19th century, when jails were full, the overflow went to old ships, anchored offshore.
    Those prison ships called ”Hulks” were dark, dirty, badly run horrors. But who cared back then in those convict and transportation days. When the convicts were sent away, and it did not matter whether the arrived dead or alive, after being shipped of and ”TURN BACK THE BOATS” penal polices of the United Kingdoms of H.M.Britain and transferred for life to the new colonial prison colony of Australia………………………………..
    These days, ships, especially passenger ships, reach their use-by date when they still contain usable living quarters, and are sent to the breakers” yard when still seaworthy…………..
    They are equipped with ablution systems, catering systems and exercise facilities, a lot better than the old prison ship ”Hulks”……………………..With a bit of adaption, they could be turned into adequate prisoner accommodation…………They would have to be moored far enough out to sea to dissuade swimming escapees.!………………Their usefulness over, they could still be sold to a breaker………………………………………………..The only expense would be their initial security fitout.
    A cheap solution.?…………………………………Or another option could be build a prison, like the old United States Alcatras Federal Penitentiary, out on a rocky island, like the rocky Alcatras island of San Francisco, or in a remote part of Central Australia, like Woomera…..Bugger the Humane Containment and rehabilitation and health and safety of inmates!………….Time to get tough again on Crime and Punishment, 19th century style.
    The only problem is The Bleeding Hearts- Do- Gooders, and human and prisoners rights activists, and legal centres, that control everything in the in-justice department of prisoners welfare, would never approve of it.to happen……………………………Such is life, I guess it has come to this……Quote: Ned Kellys last words…….Old Melbourne Gaol., before he was hung.1880. Or should the modern convicts be sent to Van Diemans Land……..Sarah Island or Hells Gates……

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  18. Does anyone have any knowledge of life in the remand section of Pentridge in the 1930s and 1940s. Am writing a history of a murder in Melbourne in 1936 – the accused were tried four times before being released, and spent a lot of time on remand in custody.

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  19. To Robin Grow, Dear Sir, if you could give some more information on the accused murderer, and the crime , I will try and track down some information from early Pentridge Prison ”D”. Division remand history conditions of that time. The only Murders that I am aware of in 1936, was the Hanging in Pentridge ”D”.Division Gallows, of Insane Child Murder PRISONER: ARNOLD KARL LIONEL SODEMAN 35, found guilty of strangling 4 children. And the 1934, Pyjama Girl Case. which remained un-solved until the 1940,s. when a man from N.S.W. was charged with the murder in about 1944.
    And the 1934 Culvert Murder of Rocco Petulla 30, by remand PRISONERS: ANTONIO CHIODO 19 and ANTONIO AUDINO 19, Both who were later released from ”D”.Divison Remand Pentridge Gaol after being found not guilty of murder and acquitted , by the jury. They had been arrested and charged with the murder of a charred body found under a culvert in Balwyn, Melbourne.
    And yet another Murder in 1934, was the murder of Leopold Kermode 77, at South Yarra,
    I will try and find out some history of ”D”. Divison Remand conditions of the 1930,s and 1940,s. It will be difficult, though because their would be no Prison Warders or EX – Prisoners who are still living from so long ago, to give a factual account of the treatment in this part of Pentridge Goal, circa 1930 & 1940,s. Some Prisoners during these years, where also locked up in the Old Melbourne Gaol., as it was also used as a MILITARY PRISON , during World War 2.

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  20. Serving out his revenge like a dish best served cold. Ha Ha……………… Mark Chopper Read was a real celebrity with the H. Division screws. And we all got on like a house on fire, and had a good standing with him, not like most of the evil stone killer scumbags or trouble maker chip on their shoulder druggy mad dogs, locked up in the slot. Chopper was a old school crim, trusted and helped us keep the order, and break the board, hard times in H. Division, by telling us his tales of guts and glory, in his early years as a Melbourne Sharpie and stand over man in the 1970,s crime world. Most of the Pentridge hardcore crims, hated his guts, and wished him dead. And would not hesitate to stab him in the back, and knock him, if he let down his guard, as he had many contracts on his life. And plenty of life takers in Pentridge who labelled him as a Dog, and Police informer, as he once tried to join Victoria Police, but was rejected. And was known by his enemies in the criminal world to pass on information to police and the screws, if it would help his situation, and survival in jail…… And H.Division was the safest place in Pentridge, if a contract was on your head…. And also at the same time his enemies feared him as they thought he was twisted and insane, and he no doubt could be a very crazy violent person , if someone wasn’t his ally, or he disliked someone, because they had put a hole in their manners, or preyed on the weaker prisoners, he took under his wing, in the Hell hole of Pentridge. He wasn’t down the slot for being a dangerous or problem prisoner, or for breaking prison rules, but more for his own survival, because of the violence he had inflicted on his enemies both inside Victorias Prisons and outside jail. He was after all prepared to let another prisoner in H.Division, exercise yard, Kevin Taylor cut his bloody ears off, as a protest against the brutal treatment from basher screws in the 1970,s. And get moved from the Hell hole Slot, as it was back then in the early H. Division Punishment years, prior to 1977…. Towards the end of his sentence, He held the most sort after job in the slot, as the H.Division scullery billet, and had the unofficial run of the division ,as he had done some serious hard time down there in the Pentridge Slot, having been locked up there for more than 10 years for his scally wag violent overcoat gang wars, with Keithy George Faures Painters and Dockers, and years of getting stabbed and bashed by his enemies in Pentridge in the standover prison sea of murderous killer sharks…..

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  21. Cheers Admin. Originally I always wanted to be a copper, and applied several times with Victoria Police Force, but they said that my intelligence entrance exam marks were not of a high enough standard for entry into the Glen Waverly Victoria Police academy, so in 1988, There was a shortage of Prison Officers In Pentridge Prison, so I applied, and was accepted for 8 weeks basic training at Watsonia Prison Officers academy, and graduated in 1989, and was posted to Pentridge Prison as a general duties screw, stationed in H.Division, B.Division , A.Division and J.Division. In 1994, I was forced to resign, from H.M.Prison Loddon, where I had transferred to from Pentridge, as Pentridge Prison was getting ready to close in 1997, under the Kennett Government, and I was to be dishonourably discharged by the Victoria Police and Office of Corrections, Prisons Victoria, internal investigations unit on psychological grounds, and a breech of prison discipline charges brought against me. I never bothered to appeal against my unfair dismissal, and have not been able to re- enter the Victoria Prison Service since. It appears they have put a black mark against my name, as I was a whistleblower and when ever I try to re-apply, they turn down my application, every time. In 2002, I passed the Victoria Police Force entrance exam, but they still held the view, that I would be un-suitable to enter Police academy training. And was rejected again. 25 Years on I still have flash backs and reoccurring horrible nightmares of the horrible incidents, that I witnessed while stationed at H.M.Prison Pentridge and Loddon and I am still to this day, suffering Post Trumatic Stress Disorder, brought about from the consequences of indemic corruption and violence, I experienced between High Profile Prisoners and Brutal Corrupt Prison Officers, some of which who are still serving in Vctoria Prisons to this day, and are of very high rank in the prison system. While I continue to suffer as a victim of a bastardised and drug run, sometimes organised crime controlled corrupt justice system. My psychologist has told me that I entered as brutal system, and was not mentally prepared for it, and that I got into something, way out of my depth.

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  22. Yes indeed; Here is a book just waiting to happen. And what a book! A best seller. And a real eye opener.
    After that, a movie. Another winner.
    PS Dear all, we knew this real life hero first!

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  23. Cheers to all the replies and encouragement , but unlike ” I MICK GATTO’ ‘and his gangland corrupt lawyer associates in the Melbournes legal fraternity , knowing the bad luck that I have copped sweet from the Victoria Police and Corrections Victoria, and their merry band of lawyers, on their behalf, the pompous bastards would bloody sue me, big time. Or set me up on some fixed up charge. I have to watch my back and if I named, names of serving screws and coppers, and the corrupt lawyers that run this states criminal justice system. I would need Sarah Garde Wilson, Gangland lawyer, ha bloody ha ha, for my criminal defence to protect me, from going to jail, like she does the Gangland usual suspects, or end up like Carl Williams, dead and buried. Whistleblower or Police Informers verse the Untouchables. The rat informer loses every time. I know that I am a threat to them, that’s why they got rid I me from the Prison Service, that’s also the reason that the wont let me back as a Prison Officer, because they no I hate organised crime,and tried to expose corruption, and Drug Dealers….. Unsuccessfully I might add. And as a dog, I will be forever branded and never be forgiven or forgotten. Drugs, Guns, and Dirty Money rule everything. Victoria, is not called Mexico, south of the border, because it sells tequila. Its run by the Bandidos, OMG.

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  24. KILLER PLEADES FOR PC
    IT GOES AGAINST THE SPIRIT OF THE AUSTRALIAN ” GIVE A GUY A FAIR GO” BRAZEL SAID.
    A NOTORIOUS serial killer who is fighting for access to a personal computer in his jail cell has asked a Supreme Court judge to give him a ”fair go”.
    GREGORY JOHN ”BLUEY” BRAZEL, who is serving life for killing three women, yesterday told Justice Stephen Kaye that denying him a computer in his cell was un- Australian. ” It goes against the spirit of the Australian ” give a guy a fair go”. PRISONER : GREG BRAZEL said.
    ”That’s all Im asking for”. Appearing via video link from prison, BRAZEL explained that he needed the computer to prepare a legal case he had launched against Corrections Victoria.
    He said that while fellow inmates, including TONY MOKBEL and CHRISTOPHER ”BADNESS” BINSE, had access to private computers, Corrections Victoria was trying to hinder his case against it. The court was told that prison authorities had organized a computer for exclusive use
    by BRAZEL, but that he had only limited access to it.
    Liam Brown, on behalf of Corrections Victoria, said that authorities had provided BRAZEL with access to a computer, and he rejected claims that BRAZEL,S case had been prejudiced.
    Just for the record, when I served in H.Division, back in 1989. PRISONER GREGORY BLUEY JOHN BRAZEL, was the most dangerous Prisoner in high security Pentridge Prison. He had once nearly stabbed and killed Mark Brandon chopper read,in H.Division and was a prisoner, who had to be held under the strictest prison management. He once tried to take Prison Officers hostage, and he set off a explosive device’bomb”, in prison in an attempt to escape from a maximum high security unit. GREG BRAZEL is also a very cunning and manipulating highly intelligent jailhouse lawyer, and litigant. He was once bashed by the Murderer of PRISONER CARL WILLIAMS, Prisoners of War Barwon Prison White Supreminist Gang leader PRISONER MATTHEW JOHNSTON, in the High Security” ACASIA” unit. ……BRAZEL has sued the Victorian Prison System for a Victims of Crime Compensation payout, and was successful and received a large payout. Because he sued that Prison Officers, had not provided him with a duty of care, when he was once violently bashed by other prisoners in a jail fight…………………….
    LET HOPE THE CORRECTIONS VICTORIA, STOP HIM FROM GAINING INTERNET ACCESS.
    PRISONER LEGAL RIGHTS TODAY ARE A BLOODY INSULT TO ALL VICTIMS OFCRIME.
    Its time the Prison Officers said no right any more to these evil, dangerous, violent Prisoners, and through them all back in H.DIVISION, TO ROT IN HELL.!………………………….

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    • I see chopper’s in hospital in a bad way I can’t remember the circustances of brazil’s crimes as i’d left Victoria by then..where do you rank Gordon [Sammy] Hutchinson amoung that mob.

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  25. REST IN PEACE; Mark, Chopper Read, when you were in H.Division , Pentridge, you said that though you walk through the valley of death you will fear no evil, because you were the meanest mother fu….er in the valley……..There will never be another hard man crim like you Mark, that survived, the endless insanity and brutality and the mind games of violence, that the Hell Division Slot Notoriously was famous for. Your overcoat gang, punished those devilish evil cowards sent down to H. Division Slot, that rightfully deserved some Chopper rehabilitation, for the hole they had put in there manners. Chopper you served out justice on those which the courts did not. And your protection of the weak, and payback to those bully crims, who deserved a taste of their own violence, by making them chew razor blades, to teach them a lesson, is what you and H.Division, did which made it the most feared and the best run High Maximum Security Punishment and management Prison Wing ever built in Australian Penal servitude history. There will never be another gaol as tough as H.Division, and their will never ever be a legend like you Mark, who un-officially as the H.Division Scullery Billet, had full run of The Slot, with a team of firm but fair Prison Officer Screws, and made The Slot run with tough discipline and like a well oiled, military machine.
    And you had the battle scars, from H.Divisions violent past wars in the 1970,s to prove it, you had control over Pentridges worst criminals. I can still remember, back in 1989, when I was first posted to H.Division, Tower as the armed rifle officer patrolling over the labour and exercise yards, copping abuse from Russell Mad Dog Cox, Craig Minogue, Juilian Hoddle Street Knight, Greg Bluey Brazel, Ted Eastwood, Roy Red Rat Pollitt, Gary David Webb, Micky Metcalf, Victor Pierce, Peter McEvoy, Christopher Binse and many more of the most feared worst dangerous violent, murderous prisoners in Australian prisons, and your were all escorted and kept separate from each other, like a pack of angry wolves, in a wild dogs kennel, I was shit scarred, as every prisoner was escorted one at a time by five batton carrying solid build Prison Officers. While you Mark, appeared to run the place, with your solid, tattooed and scar coved body, in charge of handing out the prison meals. May you go to heaven Mark Brandon Chopper Read, as you have done your time in Hell Division. Hey St Peter, let me ring your bell, done my time in hell, done my time in hell hell. Quote: Flash and the Pan…………Cheers Mark, glad I met you, and thanks for your autograph, once again.

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  26. Thanks Admin: As bad as the police and some crimininals etc put Mark Chopper Read down and say he was nothing but a violent dangerous criminal thug. That maybe true in his younger days before he went to Pentridge Prison in 1971. But that was during the old school Painters and dockers times in the 1960,s & 1970,s & 1980,s, when most of the violence was between criminal bitter factions, and the catch and kill your own mentality , no like todays lawless society, where anyone, not mixed up in the criminal world, is still a target of the most horrible violence. Back in the 1970,s , it was not common like today, to bash, rape and murder innocent people on the streets, for no reason other than for the thrill of the hunt, with the way drugs ad excess alcohol consumption, and the modern drug ice, which sends people into a monster of sexual violence, today out on the streets. Chopper never hurt anyone, who did not deserve it in prison. Yes he was certified insane, and was truly violent in the most sadist way, with the way he dished out his punishment on child sex offenders, rock spiders, and his enemies in prison. But if readers have read his many books. No one was killed or bashed, that did not deserve, Choppers wrath.
    And in his later years, after getting out of Pentridge, he was a model citizen in the community.
    I certainly would not be worried, if Chopper was my next door neighbour. There,s far worse criminals out living amongst us. How could Chopper be compared to a real scum bag criminal like ADRIAN EARNEST BAYLEY OR PETER NORRIS DUPAS. Chopper Read did many years of hard time in Pentridge.. These crim mongrals today, need to do some hard time gaol, like H.Divison. Then they might think twice about wanting to go to prison, if they knew the faced the Bash and real hard labour, crushing rocks, with military strict discipline and few rights.

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  27. It’s a strange world when Mark Chopper Read (criminal) metes out Justice as deserved, when the Judges and Law Courts (supposedly law abiding) in Australia display incompetence in this capacity.
    Rest in Peace Mark Chopper Read.
    I thank Former Prison Officer from H Division for alerting us to this man’s real character.
    Tragedy that Adrian Bailey (amongst others) couldn’t receive proper retribution for their chosen actions. Some Mark Chopper Read style punishment might help the perpetrator recognize maybe “something amiss within.”
    To Law keepers, Lawyers and Judges, and Law in Australia; maybe it is time to take a page from this man’s book. Look at Codes of Ethics, Codes of Morality, Codes of Justice, Codes of Law. Codes of Harmony.

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  28. Cheers Admin, When I served time as a screw in H.Division’Mark Chopper Read, was more like the man he was, when he was released from prison. He was still a hard man, but a dry joker from all the years he had done in H.Division and Jika Jika, and he was very intelligent considering his twisted back ground and that he had even once been certified criminally insane, after he got another prisoner to saw his ears off, as a protest to the screws to get him transferred out of H.division. But he was instead later sent off to a even worse gaol called H.M.ARARAT J.WARD, Criminally insane asylum, where his overcoat gang right hand man, Prisoner Jimmy Loughnan, was held. Then he was again transferred back to H.Division, but got back to his violent ways, and was later stabbed by his treacherous friend Jimmy Loughnan, who had sided with his enemies with the painters and dockers, who ran all the scams, contraband, drugs and corruption at that time in all of Pentridge. There was a high contract on his life So Chopper was nearly murdered in one of the H.Division Labour yards, where he was stabbed in the stomach about five times. But Jimmy Loughnan decicided not to kill him, and got a enemy of Choppers, a notorious violent prisoner Greg Bluey Brazel who was a former Soldier in the Australian Army sent to H.Division to finish the job. But because of the high profile violent nature of Brazel, he was unable to get access to Chopper, as the screws, knew he had tried to murder Chopper a few years earlier in H.Division, when he had slashed open his stomach with a jail made knife, and severed most off his intestines, which permantly incapacitated a once unstoppable killing machine , which Chopper once was in the 1970,s. Chopper was then in 1986 the first prisoner sent to the new specially built High security segregation and protection unit for dangerous, violent and hard to manage prisoners in Pentridge, called Jika Jika K. Division. Mark Chopper Read then mellowed down there, and got into studying psychology and the art of war, and began the writing of his first book, called Chopper on the inside. IN 1987, his old mate of treachery Jimmy Loughnan and five other Prisoners in JIKA JIKA ,started a fire which was to kill all of them, and badly damage the Jika Jika High security unit. It was then not used anymore for separation of the worst dangerous inmates anymore, and in 1989 was turned in to a HIV and prisoners with AIDS separated protection unit, and renamed K.Division, because the name JIKA JIKA, was offensive to koori aboriginal indigenous prisoners. In 1987, when Pentridge Prison was decommissioned and closed down. It was later demolished to make way for the new Pentridge Village housing estate.
    JIKA JIKA had cost tax payers more than 7 million dollars to build in the 1980,s.
    Chopper was in the mid 1980,s transferred to the old Geelong gaol and Bendigo gaol and then in 1989, I first met him, when he had been transferred back to H. Division, to protect him from his enemies he had built up over the years in the very active at that time Melbourne Underbelly Underworld. In 1991 Chopper was released from Pentridge and was said to have a high priced contract on his life in Melbourne by the Jason MORAN clan and others who he had made arch enemies of in Pentridge. He then moved to Tasmainia, and later got set up over a outlaw motor cycle gang member shooting murder, and Chopper was again sent away for a long time in Hobart Risdon Pink Palace Prison. But he was know more the violent standover man, that he had been in Pentridge Prison. And continued to secretly write more material for his later collection of Chopper books. When he got out, he settled down, and lived in Tasmaina for a few years on a farm. Then he moved back to Victoria, and lived in the Collingwood area of Melbourne, and stated his pubic speaking tours with former Geelong footballer Mark Jacko Jackson and Former N.S.W. Police Detective Roger the dodger Rogerson, and they called themselves, The Wild Colonial Psyhos.
    I might also mention here that H.Division was well known for being soaked in blood from the
    gruesome self mutilations, which was a very often occurrence amongst crazy violent inmates, and was more often a cry of desperation or protest at the screws, to cause them to have a hard time on the job, and to keep the screws busy and stressed out, tending to the often bleeding to death slashing up prisoners, and having to give them first aid, and get them transferred to a hospital emergency department. A one way ticket out of jail, for a short spell, from the brutally of the slot of H. And Mark Chopper Read, made good use of cutting up his body, with a used razor blade, over the years, to get him out off H.Division and a break in the Pentridge Hospital. This is most likely how he got hepatitis C which would slowly bring about his body failing, and killing him. So his long hard and violent times in Pentridge H.Division, where his dished out and got dished out back at him, with his tit for tat overcoat wars during the 1970,s and 1980,s. Would have cost him his life eventually one way or the other. He was a Gladiator in a gladiator Pentridge Prison. And he was the cobra in a pit of viperous deadly striking killing snakes. With a kill , bash or be killed or bash, way of life in the 1970,s & 1980,s Pentridge environment.
    Chopper Mark Read, once said that the 1976 AC/DC hit song JAIL BREAK, was written by Bon Scott, about a planned Pentridge jail escape, he was planning with Jimmy Loughnan. Chopper and Jimmy got as far as on the roof space of Pentridge B.Division, but the Prison Officers found them during a search. And the never got to jump over the wall….. Chopper reckoned he knew AC/DC,s Bon Scott in the early 1970, when he was a Melbourne gang member and leader of the Melbourne Sharpies, and he did security bouncing with early Melbourne bands in the early seventies. And Bon Scott wrote the song, about mark, when he was later sent to Pentridge.
    So this gives the old Jailbreak, acca dacca song a bit more nostalgia now Mark Chopper Read has now passed on. Going to make a jailbreak, let me out of hear. Also I think the Stevie Wright song ,Blackeyed Bruiser , could have been sung about Chopper in his wild days of the seventies, as the standover man head hunter. Should play them at his funeral, I reckon he would like that. I bet Marks, Chopper Books, will be as big as AC/DC NOW. R.I.P. Mark.

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  29. Thanks queeenslandcountrylady,……..THERES NO JUSTICE- JUST US. And thanks also to Derryn Hinch and Victims of crime, VOCAL, Noel McNamara, for supporting Derryn at court and all the other caring people that stood outside the court house, to object at Derryn Hinch, being found guilty of only exposing and warning the community of the failure of the Victorian Department of Justices, failure to Jill Meagher and keeping secret ADRIAN EARNEST EDWARDS/BAYLEY,S prior 20 years of horrible violent sex offending and rape of innocent women.
    VICTIMS OF CRIMES RIGHTS MUST ALWAYS BE ABOVE THE RIGHTS OF PROTECTION TO VIOLENT CRIMINALS. The Judges are so out of touch with the communities expectations in their ivory towers of in-justice………………………………………………………………………..

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  30. Cheers james, The prisoner called bluey in the Chopper movie, is nothing like Greg Bluey Brazel, as he was a very violent hardened crim, who I woudnt turn my back on, He was a former violent solder in the army. Also Greg Brazel is a cold calculated killer, who is very gaol wise, and intelligent. He once nearly murdered Chopper in H.Division, when he cut him and stabbed him with a gaol made shiv, knife. The only real loyal, friends that chopper trusted in the overcoat gang in H.Division were his later treachous right hand man Jimmy Loughnan, who stabs, chop chop, in the movie. His other loyal gang mates were Amos Atkinson, Jimmy Price, Frankie Waghorn, Joe Ditroia, Kevin Taylor, who sawed of his ears, so Chopper could get a transferred out of H.Division to hospital. The Bluey character in the Chopper is a make believe prisoner for the movie, which was based on the many weirdo crims, which often tried to side up with Chopper for their own protection from other Pentridge prisoners. Also the prisoner called Keithy George was named after Serial underworld Hitman Murderer and armed robber Keith Geore Faure, who was once a top heavy in the Melbourne painters and dockers war.

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    • mate my oldest brother was a bloke call jock austin did you ever meet jock chopper read once told me he was the best bloke he ever met look after him when he first went to the pen

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      • Dave i new Jock well and all your family. Jock was a true gentleman staunchest bloke i ever met.proud to have been a friend of his. we lost touch when i left melbourne no net or mobiles in them days to keep in touch unfortunately. I first met him in the 60’s

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      • Dave i knew Jock very well i knew all your family u were young back then i doubt chopper new him from pentridge Jock got out un 70 or 71, to my knoledge he never went back chopper would have been too young then. I was in there at the time and i cant recall chopper from back then. Choppers big noting again. Jock was one top staunch bloke very respected and a bloke u didnt give any lip to if they had half a brain.best fighter iv ever seen but a gentleman also. I was honoured to be a friend of Jocks. He was all class

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  31. Also to readers of Aussie criminals, that have watched the Chopper movie, it was not at all fully approved by Mark Chopper Read and his girlfriend, later wife Margaret Cassar. when they seriously decided to take legal action against the movie producers and have the Chopper movie in its shown form, not circulated publically and removed from cinemas and destroyed for the un-truthful defamatory and embarrassment and humiliation damages the way, the movie portrait showed Mark Chopper Read, as a drug addict all the time, taking and injecting amphetamines, speed, and violently beating a women girlfriend up, named Tanya, Which Mark said is not true, and he never ever had a girlfriend named Tanya and it was made up fiction for the action value of the movies action ratings. Which shows a girlfriend of the movie character Chopper, named Tanya, who was a prostitute and street working girl, and make Chopper out to be a women basher, to which he states he never was. And from his early late 1960,s teenage days in Lalor near Thomastown,Melbourne where he first met his future girlfriend in a fish and chip shop, and because he was always in and out of prison, he had not seen for many years until years later 1983, and later through another prisoners wife, whose husband was a friend of Marks in Pentridge, at that time . Became a long term pen pal and later on after many prison contact visits, in Pentridge, hooked up with her again, firstly as a prison pen friend and later as a prison visitor, when he was serving another prison sentence in Pentridge J.Division. And when he was released in 1983 from H.M.Bendigo Prison on parole, he later married her. Which is nothing like the movie.

    Also it is written in the Sunday Herald Sun, only days after Choppers passing on, that his one time Pentridge Prison enemy, Nick the Greek, or Nick Apostolidis his real name is dancing with joy on the late, now un-able to defend himself Mark Chopper Reads grave….. When Nick Apostolidis he was in Pentridge Prison, B.Division, a one time Melbourne drug dealer who Mark Chopper Reads , jail time friendship later fell out with. One reason because he was a convicted rapist and drug dealer making $60,000 a month from dealing in heroin in the 1980,s and another reason his was eyeing off Marks woman, when he was locked up in H.Division for standing over enemy Pentridge inmates as the bountyhunter, toecutter and decided to pay him back, in a big way, by burning down his house. This character was fictitiously known in the Chopper movie as Neville Bartos, acted by Vince Colosimo. This one time Pentridge B.Division prisoner claims he is the inspiration for the Neville Bartos character, and says he was misrepresented in the Chopper movie by being shot and extorted for cash by Chopper, and Nick the Greek Apostolidis says Chopper Read has twisted the truth about him in his 1991 book called Chopper from the inside.
    Well as Mark Brandon Chopper Read, has always said: Never let the truth get in the way of a good story. All ready the crims and critics are dancing on your grave Chop Chop. We Screws that knew you in H.Division knew the truth. R.I.P. Mark.
    To those so eager to dance on Chopper,s grave, at least what you saw was what you got. Only dirt bags needed to fear him. Chopper Read, our modern day Ned Kelly in Pentridge Prison.
    An intelligent, funny, even certified Pentridge style, as insane, and once giving shock treatment, was a larrikin block, with a sharp sense of humour who, must be remembered, only hurt bad people. A good Old school crim. Not like todays scum behind bars…………………………………………..
    MARK BRANDON CHOPPER READ AND H.M.PRISON PENTRIDGE, TWO AUSSIE ICON NOW MISSING FROM OUR WEAK CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. CHEERS BIG EARS! ON YOUR HIGHWAY TO HELL. SAY HELLO TO BON SCOTT UP THERE OR DOWN THERE.

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  32. FROM GANGLAND TO GRAVE: UNDERWORLD TOMBSTONES GLOSS OVER BRUTAL TRUTH OF MOBSTERS LIVES OF CRIME.
    Interesting two page report in the Friday Herald Sun, October 18 2013, by Alan [email protected]…………………….Ever wonder where the proceeds of crime are spent from our Gangland Drug Dealers. Alphonse Capone, must have a place in hell for these high profile Australian gangsters in death, if their gravestone mansion plots, which are a look at me statement of there untouchable power when living their criminal empires, operating under our noses, above the law. And laughing at our justice system all the way to and beyond the grave.

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  33. BETRAYED – CREEPS FREED TO STRIKE AGAIN, PUBLIC USED AS GUINEA PIGS- $6.3M BILL FOR SECRET PROGRAM, AT $4.5 M FAIRFIELD HOUSE OF PREDATORS— CURRENT GOVERNMENT MENTAL HEALTH MINISTER Ms WOOLDRIDGE said the program for the secretive sex offenders facility at Fairfield, which has been operating for 20 years, since 1993, for secret sex offenders rehabilitation and release back to the community, costs $6.3 million a year to run, treating only a dozen men at a time. She said the service provided at the treatment centre, is not a prison or custodial setting and provides therapeutic, rehabilitation intensive treatment and education for people with an intellectually disability. And it was”not under consideration for the sex offender facility closure……….76 men have gone through the program and released back into the community since 1990. 14 of these sex offender men have gone on to commit more sex crimes. The Government minister called them graduates and the public are used as guinea pigs for the institutions staff to test the reactions of the pedophiles and rapists when they are exposed to the public. If they pass the tests, they are allowed out of the sex-offenders treatment centre un-accompanied. Using money provided by the taxpayer, these are repeat offenders, and they go shopping at a shopping centre and attend movies. One inmate plays golf at a driving range,others have played basketball in sporting teams and been go-karting. Others have un-supervised access in Melbourne suburbs many shopping centres and plazas. Several have offended while out on escorted day leave. Only a handful of detainees are in the facility at any time. Last week only 12 men were there in custody. others have been secretly released back into the community or sent to the Ararat Sex offenders and Pedophiles protection prison called the village of the dammed, for their own protection from an outraged community.
    The record of just some of the graduates are: SEXUALLY ATTRACTED TO BABIES IN NAPPIES..
    A SEX OFFENDER WHO SEXUALLY ABUSEDHIS SISTER, COUSIN AND THREE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER. A MAN WHO RARES ELDERLY WOMEN. LOITERING IN A PUBLIC PLArrCE FREQUENTED BY CHILDREN. RAPING A BOY, AGED 5 IN A SHOPPING CENTRE TOILET.
    SEXUAL PENETRATION OF A CHILD AND SEVERAL INDECENT ACTS OF ASSAULT.
    CHILD RAPE, AND THE NOTORIOUS LIST OF HORRIBLE CRIMES GO ON FOR THESE GRADUATES.
    Victoria Police Association Secretary, Senior Sergeant: Greg Davies, said the risk posed by the men was too high. ”In the end, whether a person is mentally ill or a career pedophile makes no difference to the victims
    More details can be read in the Melbourne Herald SUN, report page 1- 8 & 9, or NEWS: CREEPS IN THE SUBURBS, SPECIAL INVESTIGATION.
    THESE GRADUATES ARE SEXUAL PREDATORS, WITH LONG SEX OFFENDING HISTORIES
    AND HAVE BEEN PLACED ON THE VICTORIA POLICE SEX OFFENDERS REGISTER FOR LIFE……….THEIR VICTIMS WERE BETRAYED BY THE SYSTEM DESPITE SOME OF THE SEX OFFENDING AND PEDOPHILE MEN BEING SO DANGEROUS THEY HAVE SINCE BEEN SENT TO A SEX OFFENDERS HIGH PROTECTION PRISON FACILITY OR JUST RELEASED SECRECTLY WITH A NEW NAME BACK ON TO THE STREETS….?????????????????……..
    WHAT THE BLOODY HELL IS GOING ON IN OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM AND PRISON SYSTEM.
    RIGHTS FOR CRIMINALS OVER VICTIMS OF CRIME………………….

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    • there’s an old saying about the justice system; U CAN F;;;;K EM BUT YOU CAN’T ROB EM. i’v seen people go to jail for DUI for 3mnths as a second offender within 5 yrs then a sex offender gets a suspended sentence.they have to be kidding. you know why; the system is run by pedophiles the clergy;teachers;polititions;police; judges who are soft on them.not all but too many .look at the scum-bag priests being sent to jail now that were allowed to get away it for decades.i don’t care how old they are now or sick they destroyed kids lives forever. lower than FERRAL ANIMALS. degenerate scum.

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  34. Yes bill, these rock spiders are protected by rock spiders,”pedophiles”, so called rehabilitated degenerate graduates with sex offending pasts, whose criminal rights are protected by the scales of justice. Whether it be the Government, politicians, corrections or prisons, some shifty untouchable police and prison officers and criminal councillors, justice department powers that be,some teachers, many protected priests and the religious clergies of all religions and races creeds and colours. And even infiltrated in the sporting communities and clubs. I even know where I live, there are two so called pedophiles that have been convicted but only given a slap on the wrist by the justice system, and are even on the sex offenders register, but still hold positions of power. One is the captain in charge of a small town fire brigade of the country fire authority. And he was found guilty by the courts of sexually penetration of his own child. He got a $4000 fine. That’s all.. Another was deemed by the courts to be fragile and was sent to a sex offenders prison for about 12 months, put through one of them graduate sex offenders courses, then let out of jail, and was given a good job in a big company as a manager in charge of staff human resources, hiring and firing staff. And yet another in my town, was a respected catholic priest among his peers, and later died of old age, without ever being charged with being a pedophile, because no one in power would ever follow up the many allegations by his victims, that he had in interfeared with them. At his funeral he was buried as a saint in the catholic church, while one of his victims later committed suicide. This is but just a tip of the iceburg of a few known sex offender cases, that did not get any real punishment and just in one small town in Victoria. Nothing is ever going to change while sex offenders and rock spider pedophilles are a protected species by a criminal justice system and prison system that does not listen to the majority of outrage people and victimsof crime in Australia. The Politicians and Ministers of Government and the judges just hide these pedophiles and known recidivist sex offenders under a rock, and hope the victims just will go away. We as community need to become like the old days of the wild west in dodge city, appoint a judge and sheriff with a team of deputys and round up all these rock spider snakes and hand em all high, in a public hanging on a public hangmans scaffold, in full view of the victims of crime and the outraged public. Any do-gooders and bleeding hearts of social justice, would be driven out of town……..Let us concerned Aussies have a referendum and change this pathetic lenient system of in-justice and soft imprisonment of the low-life ferral filth that are protected and live amongst us!………..BRING BACK THE DEATH SENTENCE AND LIFE INPRISONMENT WITH HARD LABOR, NO MINIMUM SENTENCES, NO PAROLE AND NO PROTECTION JAILS.
    IM SURE THERE WOULD BE PLENTY OF PRISONERS IN JAIL THAT WOULD BE THE OFFICAL HANG MAN, AND PUT THE HANGMANS NOOSE AROUND THE SCUM.
    LOCK THEM UP FOR EVER AND LEAVE THEM THERE TO ROT, BEFORE BURYING THEM IN A UN-CONCEGRATED GRAVES COVERED IN QUICK LIME.
    AND A BIG SIGN OUTSIDE THE PRISON GROUNDS, WHICH SAYS IN BIG BLACK LETTERS,
    ROCK SPIDERS, PEDOPHILLE AND RAPIST, MURDERERS SEX OFFENDERS
    CEMETERY. BEHIND THESE WALLS.

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  35. Cheers, Admin, thank so very much for placing this film here, for all readers to get a better picture and understanding of what us former screws had to put up with and face on a daily basis, in the draconian hard environment and conditions of the last remaining old Victoria era built Maximum high security Australian Prisons, which are now all closed, and are only fading skeletons, and museums and ghostly reminders of their once brutal and notorious convict past uses, of keeping societies worst violent inmates, where they dam well belonged and had to serve their gaol time with hard labour. Out of sight and out of mind…………….. I only wish I had a video camera, back in Pentridge Prison 25 years ago, when it was still a operational gaol and recorded much of its then still working history. As it is now all lost history, now it is partly destroyed, altered and demolished and built over with modern buildings everywhere. It should still be a working prison to house the worst dangerous inmates, instead of the luxury comfortable motel style modern accommodation prisons, which do not deter modern criminals from a life of crime. The old gaols were strict and brutal, but the prisoners did hard time back then, and weren’t in a hurry to return back to them. It was called Penal Servitude and reformatory and punishment, not todays weak do-gooders rehabilitation and reintergration, early parole and forgiveness, with a slap on the wrist to keep then out of prison. Todays young violent hardened brutal thugs and offenders and sexual deviates, pedophiles and rapists and murderers, need to have to serve a long hard sentence in one of these old Australian Gaols!………………………………………….

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    • Hey Steve, I was wondering if you could tell me what Keith Faure was really like?

      I’ve heard that he was a charasmatic individual with much influence in pentridge. I’ve also heard that he sold his own brother out in exchange for a reduced sentence.

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  36. Hi there Cam, As an ex screw,in Pentridge, I worked a lot in the ”B’.Division,Maximum Security Management unit, which held Prisoner: Keithy George Faure and his Brother Noel Faure and they were given a A1 OR A2 High security rating. Because they were a contant problem among Prison Officers, in that the were of bad behaviour, cunning, shifty and hard to control, involved in high drug useage and drug and contraband trafficking and often involved, along with other ”B”.Division planning of escapes and organising riots. They had no respect for Prison officers or Police Officers, and had to be contantly watched day and night, because they were always tunnelling in their cells or tying to break though their bars and their cell windows. At night time when these prisoners were locked up in their single cells, the Prison Officers all carried .38 Smith & Wesson, Revolvers with hollow point bullets for maximum stopping power of a escaping inmate, and for their own protection in the dangerous wings or tiers of the very large division. Once Keithy Faure tried to heavy me , one on one, because I had charged him for being involved in a prison being stabbed over Pentridge Drug Trafficking Control among prisoners. I just stood my ground with him toe to toe, and told him to FUCK OFF.!!!………..I didn’t know at that time that he was the top dog of Pentridge Prison, and that he was a contract killer. He was one of these cunning dangerous high profile inmates that were attempting right under our noses, to breach the security of the wings every day and night, by trying to sneak and conceal, even while they were locked up in their cells from 1600hrs(4.00pm and not let out till 0700hrs(7.00am. Also they would be knocking up, or banging on their cells at night to cover the noise of certain escapee prisoners scratching at the walls in the cells to remove large bluestone rocks and make a opening for them to escape through into the prison yard, to escape over the gaol wall. They also banged up on their cell doors to annoy certain Prison Officers that these crims, hated. And tried to disturb the peace in the Division through out the night, and the prisoners were always stoned or high on many kinds of drugs that had been smuggled into Pentridge. ”B”.Division was always on edge, and every day a prison incident or bad behaviour occurred there, and endless violence such as assaults, gang rape, use and concealing of shivs(Prison made weapons, used for stabbing other inmates in fights and power play stuggles or paybacks. The atmosphere in ”B”.Division was always dangerous and tense, as it was the place for most of the Pentridge Riots, and uncontrollable prisoners who were the Pentridge Heavys that controlled all and sundry of the prison corruption and illegal activities. One of the most famous ”B”.Division Prisoners was ”Badness” Christopher Dean Binse. He was a master prison escapee, and had to even be shackled with leg chains and handcuffs and body restraints to retrict his chance of more escapes and hostage taking. His most recent crime on his release from prison was the long 48 hour hostage siege in Keilor Melbourne. He is a very dangerous man, and was a close ally of Keithy Faure, and was also a drug user and trafficker who was always abusive to the Prison Officers, and had to be constantly held in ”H”.Division to keep him under constant surveillance, because he was always a scary and violent bad behaved crim and maximum security escape risk inmate.
    Regarding Keith George Faure, he was the most heavy influential crim in Pentridge. He had a reputation as a stone cold contract killer of at least 7 murders that are known of, and ruled every other crim,. He was once the leader of ”H”.Division in the 1970,s in his younger days. His Brother Noel Faure is also a murderer, as was his father. They were all heavy weights in the Melbourne Waterside Workers Union, The Panters and Dockers. In the 1970,s Keity Faure was the racketeer among all the shenanigans controlling, contraband and bashings, standover tactics and murders,in and out of Victorian Prisons. He was a unstoppable force. In the early 1970,s Four Prisoners started up a gang called the Overcoat Gang, whose members were The Leader Mark Brandon Chopper Read, Mad Charlie, Jimmy Loughnan, Ambrose Palmer and a few others, who decided they had, had enough of Keithy Faure and his Painters and Dockers, controlling Pentridge and having all the say and powerplay over them. They stood up to him and his folwers and like crazy men carried any and all sorts of items that could be used as instant weapons, fashioned from metal in the Pentrige Metal Fabrication Workshop. They concealed the weapons, under the prison issued heavy tailor made prison coats, which were made in the Pentridge Tailor Shop. These long heavy thick coat, meant they could walk all around Pentridge and bash any one they didn’t like or who was their enemy. The Screws just looked the other way, and saw nothing. A lot of the Screws didn’t like Keithy Faure and his racketeering. Chopper Read when he was sent down to ”H”.Division planned to murder Keithy Faure and all his henchman, by taking all the ”H”.Division Prison Officers hostage in the H.Div Kitchen, locking them up, taking their cell keys, and entering all the solitary ”H”.Division cells, and ice picking, murdering every prisoner in ”H”.Division. But his right hand man Jimmy Loughnan, switched sides with Keithy Faure and warned him of the attack on him and his gang and the plan never went ahead. If you look on Youtube,”Pentridge Riots”, Jimmy Loughnan is the main aggressor attacking the police on the ”B”.Division Pentridge roof and later arrested for his trouble in planning the Pentridge Riot in ”B”.Division………….. Tough men for tough times in H.M. Pentridge Prison.
    In May 1990. Keithy Faure was stabbed by a unknown gang of rival prisoners in ”B”.Division, suspected to be prisoners trying to overthrow Keithy Geore Faures power in Pentridge, which he still held, even while Mark Chopper Read was securely held in ”H”.Division High Security Unit, with a contract on his life by all his Pentridge enemies. Years later in Melbourne Gangland Wars, in the early 2000,s,, Keithy George Faure and his mate Gousis, shot dead Lewis Moran in the Brunswick Hotel with Bert Wrout, also hit but survived. His character is played by Kim Gyngal, or Colin Carpenter in The first Underbelly mini series on the Melbourne Gangland Wars. Also in the Chopper Movie , Keithy George, acted by Dave Mason. is ficticiously bashed by Eric Bana as Chopper Read in the ”H”.Division exercise yards powerplay scene, which is loosely based on how the overcoat gang took control over their enemies in Pentridge….. Keithy George Faure in real life in prison,is now only a getting old, with a damaged reputation as a dog and shadow of his former self now serving a life sentence in jail, over the murder of Lewis Moran. His contract killing days have finally caught up with him. And I have heard he is now branded as the lowest of the low in the prison pecking order of powerplay. His is now known as a Dog.
    And even sold out his own brother, to get a lighter sentence. His health is supposed to be very bad also. From charasmatic, wise guy, armed robber, slaughterman, painter and docker, murderer, and cunning shifty heavy enforcer and controlling jail heavy gangster to a worthless prison dog……………………………………………………………………
    HA HA. Keithy George, should of sided with Chopper and not with Jimmy Loughnan….HA HA! Chopper will be waiting in the big Pentridge down below!…With Jimmy Loughnan. and Mad Charlie…………..”.Who are you going to use that shotgun concealed under your coat on Chopper. Im going to use it on you Jimmy and Keith George.” HA HA…………..’!

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    • where did Gordon [Sammy] Hutchinson rank with them. he was a hard case. he escaped from the pen 4 times that a recall. he’d be well in his 70’s now if still alive. wasted most of his life inside.

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  37. Gidday Bill, Gee 4 times that is really interesting, you know a lot about Pentridge in the 1960,s and 1970,s. Please write about your knowledge of your time there for other readers here please mate. It would be very appreciated and valued. We need someone to fill the void from the late Mark Chopper Reads story telling and long list of books that never let the truth get in the way of a good story. ha ha. I wasn’t serving as a screw in Pentridge untill 1989. And when I was posted to H.Division, apart from Chopper telling me all his stories, true or false, there is not a lot known about the real life days of Pentridges hard old times, as most of the old screws and crims there in the worst of it all of the 1960,s and 1970,s crims are dead, or were murdered inside its walls!….. When I was there only a few of the old lags of painters and dockers from the old sausage war rivals to Mark Chopper Reads overcoat gang were still serving time down the slot. The slot was filling up with the then new breed of so called heavy weight crims like Matthew Johnson, Bubble Brain Peter Mcevoy, Victor Pierce, Victor Brincatt, Mark Chapman, Craig Minogue, Christopher Badness Binse, Terry Flannery, Robert Larson, Peter Gibb, Juilian Knight, Gary David- Webb, Alex Tsakmarkis who was bashed to death in the H.Division Laundry with bar bell weights in a pillow slip in 1988, by Craig Russell Street Bomber Craig Slim Minogue, and most of the Walsh Street Police Murder suspects their mates of the Graeme Jenson crew the and Flemington Armed robbery crews, of Abbdulla and Valastro families and the certified crims who were moved over to Maximum Security Jika Jika, or K.Division The Fish Bowl, Electronic Zoo, where MarkChopper Read, spent most of his jail time between causing trouble and the overcoat war shenanigans and high protection in H.Division . And his overcoat war mate Jimmy Loughnan, Amos Atkinson, Barry Quinn, Arthur Gallagher, Robert Wright and Peter McCaulay , were to later die of smoke inhaulation, when they barricaded themselves and set fire to Jika Jika. Causing it to be later closed down s a Maximum Security supermax part of Pentridge and turned into a A.I.D. AND H.I.V. & Drug junkies and female unit, re-named K.Division.
    About the Painter & Docker and Gunman, Robber and Escapee Gordon Sammy Hutchinson, He must of been released from Pentridge in 1989. As I don’t ever remember him, when I was in H.Division. And I have only heard of his tough reputation as being involved in the overcoat gang wars, with Amos Atkinson, Jimmy Loughnan, I don’t know whose side he aligned with, but he was in H.Division with Mark Chopper Reads enemy Johnny Price, who blamed Chopper for stealing all the H.Division sausages and al the crims missing out on their favourite luxury in the slot at that time. I can remember all the high profile heavy crims in all the divisions of the Pen, and especially H.Division. I think he was one of the hard men of the early 1970,s H.Division, when Keithy George Faure and all the old Painters and Dockers were calling all the shots and and later at each other throats during the 1975, H.Division Christmas lunch, Sausage War and rival factions of unrest down the slot. As far as I have heard, but don’t quote me on this, but I think he was a friend or foe off Johnny Price. I think the only one left of this old gang of hard cases in the slot from the 1970,s, is Greg Bluey Brazel, and Amos Atkinson. Now that Mad Richard Mladnich, Mad Charlie, and Mark Chopper Read are all now, dead and gone, as are the old H.Division screws. I don’t know any crims apart from Keithy Faure or Johnny Price that could prove this right or wrong. Johnny price is now suppose to be still working with the waterside workers on the docks or wharfs driving a forklift. He must be getting on in age, if he is still working. And he never went back into crime. So if he is still alive, he could write a book on Pentridge and H.Division.. Maybe If he ever reads Aussie Criminals, he can ,tell us all about Pentridge in the 1970,s & 1980,s…. That would be good, to get the real story, first hand from the horses mouth. There is a book, written about the tough, hard life in H.Division in the late 1960,s, a few years back by a former prisoner named Doug Robinson and another book was written about years ago, by William, Bill O,mearly, on the H.Division punishment block in its beginnings in 1958 and throughout the 1960,s. It is a excellent read. But I have been unable to find a copy of it yet. Not many of Bills books were printed or survived. Im sure most readers here would find it very eye opening and interesting………
    The only old timers from the slot in H, That you may have known from your time in Pentridge, Bill are Greg Bluey Brazel, Russell Mad Dog Cox, Roy Red Rat Pollock, Micheal Metcalf, Franky Waghorn, Bill the Texan Longley, Ray Kane, Peter Lawless, Micheal Sayers, Harold Peckman, Leigh Ratten, Ted Eastwood, Ray Mooney. Right ABOUT YOUR TIME IN pentridge Bill. Im sure every one would be interested. I know I would Bill, after having lived and breathed Pentridge as a screw. Cheers Bill……………………………………………………………………………….

    Doug Robinson:

    http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/9840510?q&versionId=45878149

    http://www.holisticpage.com.au/_Doug_Robinson.php

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    • yea steve I knew a few of them mick sayers wasn.t no heavy he was down the island when I was there in 72 he was doing the end of a bank job.he was ok then got on with him ok he got knocked in Sydney years later..metcalf no big deal.quin a loud mouth lout who never grew up in the boys yard in the Met D he was on a rape charge in 1967. Peter Lawless yep good legal brain who educated him self in jail went down for murder in 1972 had no problem with him.but I never seen him after 72 I got sent down the island [French] closed years ago.thats where I met SAMMY.i was in the met when teddy easrwood came in he was very quite kept much to himself then; gave nobody any grief. I never had a problem with anybody; we all had our own worries with trials coming up.most of the trouble was in the boys yard kids over 18 being dickheads.the only one’s who got problems was the give ups. alex a moron..didn’t like him seen him in town once asked me to go for a drink with him gave him a miss didn’t trust him.he threw the glue over quinny u know the rest.when I got out I kept out F;;;;; that bullshit for a life.

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      • Sorry Mad Mick, I mis typed Jimmy, as in Jimmy Loughnan, and you are right Johnny Price. Give me a break though, of all the thousands of crims that went through H.M.Pentridge, Im surely allowed a few fuck ups and mistakes. I bet chopper did. Any way Mad Mick, you would,nt by any chance happen to be Mick Metcalf who was in THE SLOT with Russell Cox and Chopper and Chief Hutton Prison Officers Prideaux and Furlong in 1989….. If you are that Mick, then you can write more about the life and times of H.Division than I ever can. You would have been one of the old lags of H.Division and Pentridge no, doubt, back in the old ”C.Division cells. And if you are another Mad Mick who ! I dont know of – , but you were in the Slot in its darkest bash house days, then please right about it here on Aussie Criminals. As no other Former H.Division Screws are writing about their experiences here, I wonder why?…. And I know there are many of them still around, as some of them are still serving Prison Officers in the modern jails and hold very senior ranks!.. I bet there are a lot of Former H.Division Prisoners also that could tell some interesting happenings of The Slot. I seen a few of them now on the outside, some never went back into jail again – and some went on to be more notorious prisoners like Hugo Rich and Greg Brazel, Stan Taylor. Even Juilian Knight was once in H.Division on Protection in 1988. And Gary David Webb, he self mutilator he give me the creeps. The Houdini of H.Division. It was the most depraved and tough, brutal division out of all of Pentridge from 1958 to 1997. And was always a somber place to be. Jail just aint like that anymore! And should be bloody haunted, I reckon….. Doug Robinson wrote a good book on the Slot in the late 1960,s and Bill O,Mearly wrote The Man they could,nt Break, from his time in the old H.Division Punishment yards, from 1958 and all through the 1960,s. Mark Chopper Reid has wrote about the Overcoat Gang days with Keith Faure!…….. So Mad Mick, your turn, write the next untold chapters. Before all this H.M.Pentridge history is lost forever……………. Only the Former Prisoners who were locked in the slot, can give a real picture of what H.Division was really like.
        A large number of Screws worked in H.Division from 1958 up untill it closed in 1997. So far I am the Only Prison Officer to have spoke out publically about the place. And I was only there in 1989. A lot of the old time crims of H.Division talk about the brutal bash house days of when it was run hard by The Black Prince . I dont know if he is still alive, I would doubt it, when I worked in H.Division in 1989. The Prison Officer had all been replaced and took over from all the pre Jenkinson Inquiry Basher Screws. So I did not know any of them. But I think some of them were working in other non- prisoner contact parts of Pentridge, like in the Towers and working on the Main Gate and in Security Posts…………..
        So Mad Mick you appear to know a lot about H.M.Pentridge and H.Division, than I do.. So go ahead tell us all about it………. If Chopper can write more than 12 books, you can surely write about The Real H.Division Days!……. Go ahead Bring out the Ghosts of the Living Dead!………….By the way a heard that Kevin Taylor is still around. Where you down in The Slot when he cut of Choppers ears. Just curious!…..And also Peter Walker, how did the screws treat him, after they hung Ronald Ryan. And is it true that Stanley Brian Taylor who was the brains behind the Russell Street Bombing.was once the Heavy crim in charge of H.Division. Did he ever get the Bash… Also who was the worst Screw or screws in H.Division in your time ……..When I worked in H.Division the screws no longer made the crims stand on the cross!
        When did the screw stop making the prisoner stand on the cross. And do you know when prisoners no longer had to break rocks in the Labour yards?………..Hope you can fill us all in with the gap Mad Mick.
        I can imagine that you would absolutely hate my guts , as I was once a H.Division screw, I can fully understand that. But know this I was never involved with any of the party of H.Division Screw that were the Bashers. I was in ”H”.Division in the last days of its long and brutal past life, so I never experienced it at its worst. only from what i have read from Bill O,Mearly and Doug Robinsons Books. And none of the old Screws still living in the 1960,s and 1970,s, would ever talk about Hell Division!………It is no comparison to the modern Acasia Slot in H.M.Barwon. But I think it should still be opened up again and used for todays worst prisoners!….

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    • Hi There,

      I am researching my family tree and trying to find out more about Harold Peckman. I only know what I can research regarding his crime online as, well, lets just say he isn’t exactly family friendly since his release. I never knew him personally and there are limited details available to me due to the passing of our history knowledgable family members. Just wondering if theres anything anyone can provide? Kel Peckman

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      • Well as u probably know he was in for killing a couple of fences [receivers of hot goods, like all fences u couldn.t trust them, wanting everything for near nothing as soon as they get a bit of heat they’ll give their own mother up, utter scumbags. well they fuked with the wrong bloke so he knocked them. He got 40yrs at the time, He escaped from B division in the early 70’s the first thing he did was go into the first pub on the cnr of Bell st and had a nice cold beer, I mean to say i’s hard work jumping 16ft walls waiting for those carbines to go off, good to see he had his priority’s right. He didn’t last very long before he got caught, look up Pentridge escapes he’s their ,but that sight is not a true list of all the escapes typical media too stupid and lazy to to do their research properly. he’d be fairly old now if still alive.

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        • Thanks for your reply Bill, I really appreciated it.

          I guess I was just over reading all the articles on Harry, and was more interested in getting to know what he was like, outside the media portrayal.

          He is still alive and living in WA per last year, but I haven’t been able to track him down. So thought maybe some people on here might be able to give me a bit of insight as to what he was like good or bad, seeing as he spent most of his life in HM.

          Thanks again,
          Kel

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  38. Yeah Bill, It would have been tough for you back then, trying to keep out of trouble with all the then new up and coming troublemaker young offenders and the older boys yard kids. a lot of them ended up in the pen , because they were to hard to handle and they were to bad for Turana YTC. and places like Morning Star and the Salvo,s boys homes, which used to still use sodomy and the bash back then as discipline. Then there was the sharpies and the Melbourne Northern suburbs, Broady boys and Thomastown , Brunswick, Coburg, Collingwood, Richmond and other juvenile delinquents , just like the youngens do today. Young Mark Read, back then, would of been one of them trouble makers, trying to make a name for himself. Many of the old time crims hated him, he was a firecracker and was favoured by some of the screws, so he would do there dirty work for them.Chopper was a real problem gladiator then back in the seventies. That’s why the screws kept him in H.Division, for his own good and keep him out of circulation, as he was a violent physio . But I guess in his situation he had to be back then to get his respect, or himself be bashed, stabbed, raped or killed, with no protection from the main stream gaol,hey. The inmates of your era were in a hell hole doing stir in Pentridge in the seventies. No protection back then in the gladiator school. And many of the old crims, of sawn of shotgun crimes of the old bank and armoured car armed robs and the painters & dockers related bashings and murders, were hard men, in the Melbourne Underworld. Thanks for mentioning French Island ,That’s were they should sent all our modern day street hoodies, to learn some manners. Not like the weak
    Victorian Do-gooder Prisons today Bill. can you imagine Alex Tsasmarkis Barry Quinn , Chris Flannery and Todays Barwon heavy crims Matty Johnson of the Prisoners of War Gangs and Christopher Wayne Hudson of the Hells Angels bikers who are now controlling the jails , all being locked together on French Island, ha ha. Or the old style punishment style H.Division! Lots of bloodshed……………………Good to hear from your time in the nick mate. Cheers.Bill……..

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    • French island was in western port bay next to phillip- island Gippsland.they used to send all the drongo screws there.l oading people on crap charges.take ur remission off u I don’t talk about it really rather leave it in the past.people carry on about crime out of control but it’s never really changed when u think about.i remember Bobby Baron getting out of the island I predicted he’d come back on a murder cause he was unpredictable schitso.i was spot on.he murdered an old salvo couple to steal their car after they stopped to help him he would turn on his own mother.so nothings changed we’ll allways have sicko’s around.have u watched a few of the clips on the American system.over 2mill prisoners blokes in doing life for petty theft cause of the 3 strikes ur out. for instance 1 bloke doing life for stealing tools to do a bit of work so he could eat.thats bullshit.the judges got no choice it’s in the legislation. back in 67 a bank robber was looking at 15yrs.now they lucky to get 10.maybe ur best shot would be to relocate to another state and try ur luck cheers

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  39. Your right Bill, There used to be a heap of photographs hanging in the Governors offices at the main gate of Pentridge of French Island, penal camp. Looked like a harsh remote place. More like a old convict settlement. I had heard the screws there were bent drongos. Probably sent there for bad behaviour, a lot of the screws were often drunk on duty, and many as like the old H.Division screws, just hated all crims, and some of them were former world war two, ex servicemen, that had been and seen some horrible things that the Japs used to do to the Australian Prisoners of war in Changi and other Jap prison camps, so they were very hardened disciplined basher and kangaroo court officers in your time in gaol. You are right Bill the horrible crimes were just as bad in the past. As far back as the Squizzy Taylor days in Melbourne. In your day it was Bobby Barron, and all the Derek percy. child abductions and mysterious murders, like the Beaumont Children and many more un-solved cases,of the 1960,s and 1970,s. Pentridge and the other High Security Gaols Victorian gaols were a breeding ground full of some of some very dangerous stone cold evil killers and rapists . In my time as a screw it was Peter Dupas, Raymond mr stinky Edmonds, Juilian Knight, Jimmy Bazely, Greg Brazel, Gary David Webb, Steven Hunter, Peter Vaitos , Keithy Faure, and many many more, that used to scare the daylights out of me, after they were locked in their cells for the night, and I was patrolling around the cell blocks and the old cell door large padlocks and trap locks, checking no one was trying to escape from the divisions or over the walls, in the silent of the night, while I was on night watch in Pentridge, and there were many attempts at breaking out in my time there. Bars cut out of the cell blocks and tunnels dug from one cell to another and paper mache patched up and painted over, hundreds of jail made weapons, digging and escape tools always being found hidden on the cell searches and tier ramps. And all the more, worrying knowing their crimes they had been locked up for. The escape that Steven Hunter planned and got over the 5 post wall with three rolls of razor wire, was really well planned and executed. Also Raymond mr stinky Edmonds neally got as far as from J.Division all the way to the South gate of D.Division, and nearly never got caught. And there was Chopper Read and jimmy Loughnan, who once got onto the A.Division roof and in another attempt got into the B.Division roof space and hid there, but got found out,before he could get to the outside wall of the muster yard. And you were saying Bill that Gordon Sammy Hutchinson, escaped four times. There must be some old Pentridge Records reports hidding away on these escapes somewhere in the Governments archives.
    And today their are still ever growing bad evil cold blooded killing bastards filling the jails, like todays killer crims, Christopher Wayne Hudson, Victor Brincatt, Adrian Bayley, Matthew Johnson, Prisoners of War Gang. And for the safety of the community more modern prisons are going to have to be kept getting built, just like in the U.S.A…….Being a screw, or Corrections Officer in todays jails is to hard with all the drug, crazy addicted crims. They have to many rights, thanks to the do-gooders, and they have it to easy nowdays in the nick. That’s why the drugs run every thing in and out of jail today. The system is to weak, and the crims just keep coming back, rather than live in the high cost of living outside world. The modern jails are no deterent to crime, with their modern comforts, airconditioned cells, good choice of meals, showers in cells, pay tv.
    Not freezing cold or sweating hot and just a shit can, like the old gaols, and often a a shortage of meals and just bugoo, porridge, toast and a sav in bread.!…….

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    • he first escaped in 1961 with maurrie Watson then G div and twice from C div in 72 but only 1 is listed 61 but that’s the medea for u never do their homework on what they print.he was stiff on the last 1 he was on a bus an off duty cop spotted him he gave chase caught up to the bus and pinched Sam.the cop was training for the Olympics how stiff can u be years later they sent him to sale prison put him in the garden to work couldn’t help himself did a runner.LOL spose old habits die hard. just another 1 who had no direction instatutionalised he’d be in his late 70’s now if still alive.

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  40. Thanks Bill, it is very interesting to hear about these long forgotten gaol escapes, and cover ups, It was the same with Ronald Ryan and Peter Walker, they were restless on being locked up in Pentridge and didn’t like spending years in stir, and so nothing was going to stop their desperate attempt to break out. Had hey picked a less secure part of Pentridge instead of 2 and 1 post towers they may have got away more quietly, without all the maingate screws charging at them. And also Prison Officer Hodson, would not of been in the line of fire of Prison Officer Langers stray bullet, while aiming to shoot Ronny Ryan. Such a waste of lives on all sides. Even Though I am a former Screw, and was firm but fair and reaIly don’t like many of the tough crims, I really feel sorry for what happened to Ronald Ryan, in regards to him being Hanged. Henry Bolte was determined to set an example of Ryan. Peter Walker was perhaps more deserving of the noose than Ryan. Especially as Screws and the Police covered up that the semi automatic rifle that ryan took from the B.Division 1 Post Tower screw, was jammed and a bullet was ejected on to road when he tried to cock the bolt. Also the bullet that killed Officer Hodson was most likely fired from the Pentridge Main Gate by a accidental shot. Had Ryan not tried to escape he would possibly finished his sentence and released from Pentridge and lived to old age. But a Prison Officer was killed because of Ryans and Walkers escape, because of friendly fire or not, the truth may never be known. And Peter Walker did shot his victim tow truck driver Arthur Henderson, while on the run, because he reckons he was going to give him and Ryan up. Peter Walker when he was captured and returned back to Pentridge and sent down to H.Division, for punishment in the old slot ,was to serve worst time, in the hell hole bash house, and the tough B.Division for years, before his was released in around 1984. Peter Walker never got into crime again, and I think he is still alive and lives in Kyneton, country Victoria. Its a pity Ronald Ryan wasn’t sentence to life back then in 1967. He would have been let out of prison years ago on parole, and would have been able to give his version of the events of that 1966 Christmas Day Pentridge escape, and even have wrote a book on his life. Did you ever get locked up in C.Division bill. When I was a screw at Pentridge it had been demolished in 1973, and was in my time named Pentridge Square and was fenced off as the exercise yard or as the prisoners called it the Chook Pen. It was used by the un-employed management problem crims of B.Division and E.Division Dorms Young Offenders to pen them and keep a close watch on them. All they did was pump weights and run around the cage or pace it all day. They were locked in the Chook Pen from 8.00am muster, till lunch muster and again locked up until 3.30 pm meal time, then locked in the large old B.Division mess hall, which was always having a riot in it, because their was never enough food to go around all the B.Divison crims back then. And many of the heavy prisoners used to standover the newer prisoners and take their meals. Porridge or burgoo and toast was the chefs issued meals, most of the time. Occasionally on weekends they got a four and twenty pie for a luxury, and There had to be a few screws watching over the meal billets to make sure every prisoner only got one serve of the meals dished out, before the 4.00pm muster and then they were let out of the locked mess hall and locked in their cells at 4.15pm. How did you compare French Island to Pentridge bill in the 1960,s and 1972, Bill. One more Question Bill , did you know of the reputation by the prisoners of Prison Officer Colin Wood, or Woody as he was better known. He was my Governor in 1989. And had served as a screw at Pentridge for 50 years. And his father before him was also a screw in Pentridge for many years before him. He once said that the prisoners had to once were calico hoods over their heads and had to look to the ground and not speak, when a screw, warder or turnkey as they were then known. let then in and out of the cells and down the tiers. And they used to move the prisoners from one division to another by a underground tunnels and they were kept in under ground dungeons in all the divisions for bad behaviour and punishment. And the only exercise they got was hard labour on work gangs and crushing rocks, and they only got a break to pace up and down a circular, divided bluestone cages, one prisoner at a time., for 30 minutes, then locked back in their cells. I can still remember the dungeon in B.Division. But it was locked up in 1989 and never used. Most of all the other dungeons and tunnels under Pentridge had been filled in. He died still working on his post in Pentridge in 1990. He was a very tough, hard Prison Officer even on the other screws, and ruled with a iron fist, and was as tough as nails on every body and he hated all the crims, and was the Governor in charge of the Pentridge Main Gates. That is the area where the big famous tower with the crosses built into it is, in the front of Pentridge……Cheers Bill, thanks for sharing your experiences., a lot of the readers should find this very interesting. Its good to write about this fast fading history, as the old prisons are all now long closed, and most of their harsh, tough stories are being lost forever and haven’t been recorded for history…………………..
    One only has to visit the Old Melbourne Gaol, or Tasmainias Port Arthur convict Gaol, any day of the week, to see how many people are interested in our Australia Penal Servitude past………..

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    • no never new of woody; Langer didn’t fire the bullet he was in the low tower inside between the main gate and the divisions B+E if u know what I mean they took his gun off him all they had was a iron bar at that stage that’s why he got nicknamed benny the begger.he shot himself in J div about 69.the shot was fired from the main tower outside.OPAS his lawyer proved he would have had to be 10 ft tall to have fired that bullet.in evidence they said ryan was kneeling down when the shot was fired u figure.Langer was ok I remember him in J div 68.he was german not an asshole arrogant prick like most of the krout screws.like that dutch mongrel who worked the slot.another 1 Clark who worked J a real nice bloke.they’d be all gone now retired or dead like many of the inmates.i never heard about the tunnels new to me.i only did A or a few days then transferred to J wich was new then.they were still constructing the 2nd wing.did a bit in E div before the riot til I got transferred to the island.Till u started talking about the pen i’d forgot about most of it or for better word didn’t want to remember the bad old days but that’s life we all got a few skeletons in the closet.did u know C div was called Dodge City cause that’s exactly what it looked like.Doc Holiday and his mates would have felt right at home there.i got in a couple of punch ups on the island 1 was this maggot thought he was tough’ in for shooting 2 of his family over a will got smart and tried to big note him self on muster;so that nite I was having a shower in he waltzed in jumps under the shower I sailed into him gave him a couple of lessons in manners problem solved.never looked for trouble but as u know u have to stand up sometimes or u’ll get it from all the wanna bee’s.he was a real hero hid behind a tree and shot 2 dead he forgot reps mean nothing in there no shot guns in there to back u up.the piece of garbage got deported anyway.

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  41. Thanks Bill, its good to her what really went on in Pentridge in the 1960,s, by a some one like yourself Bill who served there in the Dodge City Days of old C.Division. As I was a screw in Pentridge only towards the end of its life, 8 years before it was knocked down. I only heard most of its notorious past from the older Screws that were there in the 1966, Ronald ryan escape times. That was all new to me Bill, about the rifle being taken from Officer Langer in the inner main gate tower. I was posted up there a lot myself. I also was posted in B.Division, E.Division and J.Division. And used to have to ring the big Pentridge bell at 18 post main gate near the industries section. 6 times in the morning and 6 times at evening muster at 4.30pm on the close of the prison, at muster correct. And at all the other muster times during the day. The big old bronze bell, was removed from Pentridge after it closed, and was taken to the H.M.Barwon Prison and put on display there. I had heard that Officer Langer had committed suicide. But I didn’t know it was in J.Division. The older screws didn’t like to talk much about the Ronald Ryan escape. I once saw the rifle that was used by Ryan in his escape. It was once on display, locked up in the Pentridge armoury in the main gate tower armoury. Don’t what became of it after Pentridge closed. A lot of the older screws that I were Governors, Chiefs and my Senior Prison Officers, were as you say Bill, German Krouts and Dutch etc. Some of them were real hard buggers and very strict, some of them I reckon would have been the” nazi ss” basher screws as they were known as in the 1960,s and 1970,s. I wont mention their names here as some of them although retired are still alive, and would not like me as a former screw myself, writing about them. Lets just say this, some of their surnames sounded like this: Rickerstaff, Dewaard, jordovich, rushkin, and names similar to that. I think on the outside wall of Pentridge can still be seen the words, ”STOP THE BASH” and Swaticas etc. near the A.Division bluestone wall in Champ Street. Showing the public just how bad it once was in the slot of H.Division. I know one now deceased H.Division officer used to brag how he would find prisoners in the slot, hanging in their cells from sheets, and they had tried to commit suicide. This H.Division Screw used to say he would open their cell door and pull on their makeshift nooses around their necks, and he would pull on their legs to make sure they were dead. Then he would just shut the cell door on them, and it would be reported as a self inflicted suicide to the Governors and the powers that be, in charge of Pentridge at that time. I believed him to, as he also was on the security duties in D.Division, when the hangman was preparing the sandbags on the trap, and adjusting the noose for poor Ronald Ryan. This screw was as cold as ice, and felt real good about teing about his brutal duties in H.Divison. I will not mention his name here. But he was a big strong built, solid force of a bloke, and he scarred the shit out of me, when he spoke of his brutality. Do you know the names Bill of any of the H.Division Basher Screws, in the late 1960,s, who had names like The Black Prince, who was the brutal chief and any of the names of his seniors and their goon squad screws, when you were in Pentridge in 1968. Also what was the name of the dutch mongrel screw that was in the slot. Just interested if they were still working in Pentridge in 1989. And if I knew any of them. Some of them after the royal commission into H.Division, were transferred to other sections of Pentridge, where they had no more prisoner contact. The Royal Commission of The Jenkinson Inquiry as it was known, was a real cover up, and nothing much changed in the slot, until the late 1980,s. When it was a segregation prison more than a punishment block. Bashings did go on in there still, in my time, but they were done in secret, with only a small group of security super screw. I had no part in any of it, but I do know that the odd bashing did still take place in the old tunnel and some of the labour yards after the prisoners were locked up. T hats probably one of the reasons H.Division had to be finally closed down, as it was out of step with the modern methods of humane containment ,as is required in the modern prisons. Prisoners must not nowdays bashed for punishment. And the modern screws have a duty of care and protection towards al inmates, no matter what crime their in there for. Todays screws are more like Welfare workers to help rehabilitate al prisoners. Even the likes of Adrian Bayley and Peter Dupas, have rights in the nick, and have to be treated nice and with respect.
    Thanks Bill, good to hear about your prison days. Cheers Mate………Take care….

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  42. Cheers Bill, One thing I was taught, when I first became a as a screw and did my training in Pentridge. Was to firm but fair and so empathy above toughness to gain respect from any prisoners, regardless of the crimes that put them there……..There was as a word of advice by one of the old warders, who had become the highest ranking Governor in charge of the remand Metro D.Division. His words were that new screws will become hardened and brutalised, an easily corrupted…………… And that,……”There are all sorts of Prisoners !….. Some Prisoners would make good Prison Officers!,………And some Prison Officers would make very ordinary Prisoners”!.
    What he was saying is that some Prisoners, did there time as Model Prisoners and were often good leaders of men, even though they were behind bars………. While some of the Prison Officers, Screws or Warders were real mongrel bastards the way they played mind games and treated the men in their custody, less than human, became arrogant asshole pricks, on the take, lazy and drunk on duty, very corrupt and abused their power, disciplined all men both Offices and Prisoners and bashed the crims in places like H.Division and other places they held charge, where they used fear and control and showed no respect or empathy for people who had gone on the wrong side of the law…. And should imagine themselves being treated the same and harshly imprisoned and put in the position of being locked up and treated harshly and brutalised, and treated less than human, as a insubordinate prisoner in places like H.Division, and forfeit their their humanity. As treating the prisoners as a bastard screw will get no respect from any man. And only make the screw and crim more brutalised!
    One of the most notorious Prisoners in Pentridge was James Frederick Bazley, who had committed at least 3 known of murders, for the Painters and Dockers. He was held in the new part of J.Division, which was in 1989, the best part of Pentridge, for long term prisoners. Although Jimmy Bazley was given a very long term of imprisonment for a contract murder on anti drugs campaigner and politician Donald Mackay. Jimmy Bazley was the best behave crim in Pentridge. He had nothing to prove to any of the other crims, was old school, and kept to him self, was a very hard worker and became a highly trust billet, who cleaned in some of the most secure parts of Pentridge. He was always courteous to the Screws and never cause any trouble. And as far as I know he was never charged with any prison offence, never touched or dealed drugs or contraband, and was eventually grant parole, for good behaviour. Un fortunately some of the worst notorious crims in Pentridge were the opposite of Jimmy Bazley. Like prisoner Greg Brazel, Keithy Geore Faure, Steven James Hunter, Juilian Knight, and even in his younger days Mark Brandon Chopper Read, always into some sort of violence and trouble, and planning escapes or taking the Prison Officers to court on endless litigant prison complaints. Which is why they spent so much time in the slot of H.Division, and now Super Maximum Security wings in the new Prisons. They were very difficult to look after then and still are now, they were always involved in the Pentridge power plays and take over battles of drug and contraband trafficking., stabbings bashings. murders inside and outside jail and fighting around all the jails drug control with the newer rivals of upstart gangster crims that were now taking over the drug flow and dealing in the new built prisons like H.M.Barwon and H.M. Port Phillip Maximum Security Prisons. In many ways the prisons might be more modern tha Pentridge, but they are worse now because of the new breed of younger, violent drug using and trafficking crims, that have no respect for anyone or any thing, and just stab, kill and bash any one that gets in their way. Modern Crims are just crazy druged up maggot low lfes, that would bash up a old lady or kill a innocent bystander. And it is going to get worse now there is so much Prison Overcrowing, 4 men to a cell now in some prisons. Maybe Pentridge wasn’t so bad after all. The new Dodge City is now, H.M.Barwon Acasia and Banksia Units. They may not get bashed any more or have to break the rocks on the cross, but you could cut the tension in those modern cell blocks with a knife… The Built up tension in the modern Slots, are a riot brewing. With the old crims and the new drug world crims and OMG Biker kingpins fighting for controll. What a Scary place to now be. I glad im no longer a screw, working in that love, hateful environment .
    Greg Bluey Brazel and Keithy George Faure have gone on to commit more murders of violence, and will most likely be in the modern nicks for the rest of their lives and die in stir…. That’s the difference from once notorious crim to the other. So just like the Crims, the screws have the Good, The Bad and the Ugly!…………………Such is Life in Stir. Bad memories.

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    • Im a bit out of touch with it now I got out 1974 never went bback moved states and moved on from that crap people do change not all but most do grow up.a lot of the offences I did were just stupid grog related.most of the first timers never went back.

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  43. Good on ya Bill, Pentridge & French Island must of worked for you, and put you on the straight and narrow, good to see you never went back. A bit like the 1974 Skyhooks, Horror Movie song.Unfortunately the old conditions of stir, will have hardened you and left a lot of indelible scars and marks on your mind. And also a few lost years of your life. Prison life also has the same effect on many of the Screws, myself included. We have become some what paranoid, for ever watchfully in our surroundings, and see things as very black and white, always watching over our shoulders, brutalised and hardened and still see our past flashback on ourselves as though we are still warders, in the free world even when off duty, or for long years after leaving our service as screws. The s&*( that went on in jail, stays with you, burnt into your mind. Even though we could go home from the jail at the end of our shift. We remain F*&^ing Dogs, as we were always being called, and it stays In our minds, we were also behind bars and also locked up in our minds, seeing the hard brutality and verbal abuse and institutionalised anger of the tough regime of , day to day, tit for tat in the high security jails.
    As the boredom in much of Pentridge was like doing time in the 1980,s and 1990,s . Not as bad as your time Bill in the 1960s & 1970s, but now controlled by the dirty gained money and greed that drugs, power and corruption have bittered and twisted the underworld. Drugs have changed the old criminal world for the worst. Drugs have ruined the outside world and have ruined the inside even more. The hatred of man towards man, the them and us culture, us watching them- and them watching back at us with dislike, and hatred. The criminal gang culture, the standover of stronger prisoners over weaker prisoners, the prison rapes, The day to day prison violence, the bashings, the stabbings, the paybacks over who runs the drug trafficking inside and the damage done by prisoners addicted to these drugs and just the day to day boredom, watching the prisoner smacking up in the cells, or pacing the yards, in between their next score of smack. The deadly Hep 3, and HIV diseases formed in jail from the drugs, and just the endless stresses caused by the incarceration and the constant tension brewing between prisoner factions and groups.
    They say you can remove the crim or the screw from the jail, but you can never remove the jail from the crim of the screw !………………………………………………

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    • if the drugs are that easy available there’s only 1 way they can come in by corrupt screws are bringing them in.have it like a airport when they come on duty.empty their pockets and go thru a scanner.run by a government security firm.only on 1 week at a time that way there will be no familararity.and make the penalty so severe they wont even consider doing it.lose there pension and any super they have that’ll stop it in it’s tracks.do they have contact visits now;if so the same apply’s but done with respect at Sydney airport u go thru a body scanner at international.if they winge about the cost look at the other side of it if they can turn 10% away from drugs the money they will save of no returns to jail.its probally to logical for them to do that lets face it pollies aren’t known for being logical.they don’t mind wasting millions on advisers every year well i’m giving them good advice for free.there was hardly no drugs to what I was aware of inside.if 1 came in and it was known he was a junkie no body trusted them. kept away from them.i’m not saying there was none but if ur not in that scene u don’t know’.when I got out in 74 I got the shock of my life of all the people on dope people I new were smoking it.i was only in for 3yrs but it was like a new world .gone to SHIT lol there was plenty of dope around carlton with the uni students. just think todays lawyers; and judges; doctors ect whats it gunna be like in 20yrs f*&^ scary s*&% ah! on another note the slot turned a lot into what they are now.if u beat an animal enough it will turn nasty and crazy u cant turn a trained guard dog into a pet u can never trust it. my daughter got bitten on the face by a pet that used to be a guard dog.people are the same in a lot of ways.look in the states a lot of shootings are commited by ex marines.they train them to be killers and they can’t adjust. no Steve I don’t get any nitemares over it anymore over 40yrs ago that was another lifetime ago.u cant dwell on the past if u do they have beaten u.i moved on from it mate. have a good 1

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  44. Cheers Bill, Your 100% right, but look at the amount of corrupt screws that were caught trafficking large amounts of drugs and syringes into Barwon Prison for Prisoners The Duke Rodney Collins and Christopher Wayne Hudson, two of the most notorious and mean killers in Victorian Jails, one a hitman who did the contract murder on the Hodsons and who was working for the Former Corrupt Victoria Police Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Dale and for The Premier party drug king pin, Carl Williams. Both of them claim this is bullshit and they were innocent and set up by the then Police Commissioner Simon Overland, try to pin the Gangland Murders on him. What a web they spin. Who can we believe. Then just as ex Copper Paul Dale is about to go to trial, after having been locked up in the same high security unit as Carl Williams. Dale gets out and then just as Carl Williams is about to go Dog and give up his secrets to the Purana Taskforce, he gives his police interview and is later murdered in the highest Security part of Barwon, by Jail heavy Matthew Johnson, who says at his police record of interview, which is on youtube, That he acted alone. What a load of crap. And all the Screws were at lunch breaks and not watching there CCTV in the Acasia Slot, And then Paul Dales charges are quickly dropped by the prosecution, DPP, and he walks free. At around the same time, the Governor in charge of Barwon, who was present with Carl Williams, at the time, when he was secretly removed from Barwon Jail to a secret location at Queenscliff, with no one in the Barwon jail knowing about it and interviewed personally by the Commissioner Simon Overland, and the Purana Taskforce and offered sweetners and deals for rolling over and his kids school fees to be picked up by the Government and his father George Williams massive income tax dept to be paid for and for Carl to be given a reduction in his 35 year sentence, for talking and naming those involved in Police Corruption for all the years, including the Drug Squad corruption who had given Carl Williams and Andrew Benji Veniamin, who was also working and doing odd jobs,? for Mick Gatto, who later shot Benji in self defence? a green light to freely traffick estacy party pills,with corrupt police in his pocket. When he was returned back to Barwon Prison, The Governor, kept secret copies of his interview with Simon Overland, hidin in a safe place. Not long after his mysteriously goes missing in the high mountain country of Victoria, and his body has never been found. This isn’t just a coincident , and looks very much like fowl play. And also Carl Williams hitman Matthew Johnson and Charlie Ivanovic are now the number one heavies, with Christopher Wayne Hudson the Hells Angel Boss of Barwon Prison.
    They carried out their mission of silencing Carl Williams, and the Governors copies of secret interview records of interview with Simon Overland have just vanished into dust. Who is straight and who is bent. And the other day the public servant and later Prisoner Eastman who was locked up for years, and claims he was set up and was innocent. For the murder of the Australian Federal Police Commissioner Colin Winchester, who was close to shutting down the organised Marijuana massive plantations all over N.S.W. This Eastman now claims , then Australian Federal Police Detective Simon Overland, chased him in a police vehicle and tried to run him off the road and threaten to kill him.
    Is this the same, supposably honest untouchable copper, that to be years later be promoted as Chief Commissioner of the Victoria Police, and try to stop the Gangland Wars in Melbourne and bring down The self proclaimed Premier of Victoria, and Drug Kingpin Carl Williams. While at the same time Simon Overland under his watch after taking over from Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon, who had sacked Detective Sergeant Paul Dale, for his involvement in the hiring of contract murderer The Duke Rodney Collins to silence and kill Terrance Hodson and his wife. They must be all bloody innocent, HA HA, who the in the bloody hell can you trust,! to stop the corruption and the wholesale manufacturing and distribution of Drugs inside the Prison and outside in the free world, if you cant even fully trust your Police force or your Screws. The Drug Trade Crims and their bent Coppers, lawyers, and maybe even politicians are allowing the drug trade and the Mokbels and their networks to kept suppling the party drugs to the young one. They make a few big drug busts for public relations, an arrest some pushers, dealers and traffickers. But in the big picture, Drug pushing goes on, business as usual, and all palms are greased and get their cut paid to them.
    Just look at the U.S.A., Columbia , Mexico and Middle east and Afganistans, Tailban, Drug Trafficking Cartels. For every drug dealer they catch with the DEA, FBI, Interpol and through the Customs and Border Protection check point. Tonnes and Tonnes of hidden and smuggled drug still slip through the dragnets. Hidden in shipping containers and boats or aircraft drop off points.
    And now Drugs can even be secretly bought on secret hidden sites on the internet. The Authorities track down and remove one and another pops up and takes its place. Its all about supply and demand. And there has never been so much demand for mind altering Drugs.!………..Eveyrnight and day for the consumption of the younger generation on our streets and at the music concerts and nightclubs and entertainment strips, allsorts o Hard Drugs are out there circulating in endless supply.!……………… And.like cashed up, Kids in a candy store, and a endless supply of alcopops and alcoholic cocktails to wash them down with!…………………………………….

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  45. Prisoner and Double Murderer: Steven James Hunter, finally got what you deserve, Never to be released from H.M. Prisons. You may have escaped from ”A”. Division & ”J”.Division over the Bluestone wall from Pentridge Prison back in 1989, when the sentence you got was no where near long enough for your brutal murder in 1986. But the scales of justice have finally weighed against you Hunter, and I hope you now do hard time, and have a miserable remainder of your life, locked up for ever in jail. Its just a pity you could not be returned to ”H”.Division,Pentridge to
    rot with your worthless carcass in the slot of Hell Division. But just like ”J”.Division your have now been destroyed and you will now cease to exist in this world again.!…….There be no night out in the gaol for you anymore Hunter. I think this deserves a celebration of a nice cold Victoria Bitter.
    I hope young Sarah in heaven, forever haunts you , you rotten maggot bastard! Suffer in Hell with the rest of killer Scum bags!………You Hunter and Adrian Ernest Edwards/Bayley will die in Gaol!, never to see the free world again.. Ha Ha.. Revenge is Sweet……………

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  46. Keith George Faures father Norman George Faure who was a heavy weight at the top of tree in the old jungle out there, underworld times in the criminal world of ” Painters and Dockers ” on the Melbourne wharfs and waterfront in the post razor gang days after Squizzy Taylor times, he was a old Melbourne standover man, safebreaker, thief and robber in post war Melbournes 1940,s1950,s and 1960,s done time in Pentridge. He was murdered by another Melbourne criminal, over crim control turf warware in the Dockies wars. era of the 1960,s. Keith Faure has a Brother Noel who was a meatworker and slaughterman, when he wasn’t doing armed robberies. Noel like Keith followed in their fathers footsteps. And both built up reputations of notoriety in and out of Pentridge Gaol. Noel and Keith have committed many contract murders in their days as standover men and enforcers, and are both armed robbers and have both in their times in Pentridge and other Victorian jails controlled the drug trade. Both have spent most of their lives locked up in prison. Keith George Faure had other brothers and cousins in Pentridge in the 1970,s. Chopper Read would of been the best bloke to tell all about the Faure family. The Faures have been involved in a large part of Melbournes Painters and Dockers violent crime in the 1960,s and 1970,s. And only recently a few years back, Keithy Faure was finally given a life sentence for the contract murder and attempted murder of the Godfather of the Moran clan, Lewis Moran and his minder Bert Wrout, who was also nearly killed in the Brunswick pub that they were regular drinkers. Noel Faure is also doing a long prison sentence again. And Keithy Faure has by rumour, turned Dog on him to get a better prison sentence deal. Keith Faures health in jail is rumoured to not be very good either. From Top Pentridge Prison Heavy crim to a dying man behind bars. If I can get any more information from my archives on famous Pentridge Crims like Keithy George Faure or his Brother Noel and his other brothers and cousins, I will post it here on the Aussie Criminals Pentridge Experiences page. Keithy George Faures biggest claim to fame is that once in the 1980,s had his full mugshot photo on the front page of the old Melbourne Sun Herald, over a horrible violent murder he done of a innocent jeweller in a Armed Robbery he was attempting. Also he was in the Herald Sun in May 1990, when a Pentridge Prisoner tried to murder him, by badly stabbing him in ”B”.Division cell block of Pentridge, over prison power play in the drug trade. He is played by actor Colin Carpenter from the comedy company in the 1990,s, who plays the part in the first series of Underbellys Melbourne Gangland Wars, which the law got banned to screen in Victoria. Keithy Faure was still on trial at that time, as was also the case with Tony Mokbel. Col Carpenter is the Hitman who steps up to knock off , with the Runner Victor Brincatt and ambush and shoot Lewis Moran, played by Colin Freils. a good bit of acting I thought
    Keithy George Faure biggest mistake is that he let Mark Chopper Read and his Overcoat gang, get a bigger reputation in gaol and take over ”H”.Division and control the bashings and murders in the rest of Pentridge throughout the 1970,s and 1980,s. The Faures were all bad, but the Chopper was mad. and they all branded him a Dog. Years later in the Naughties 2008, Keithy George Faure him self becomes a Dog and betrays his brother Noel. Ha Ha.

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  47. Keithy George Faure, has two younger Brothers. Noel and Les. All The three Faure Brothers are now in Victorian Prisons doing sentences for Murder. They are all violent Armed Robbers. The Faure, Melbourne standover criminal family links date back to the 1920,s. Keithy Faure grandfather Noel who was a cocaine dealers standover man, was murdered by Squizzy Taylors, razor gang right hand man Snowy Cuttmore.
    After the death of Squizzy Taylor, Keithy Faures , Old man, continued the Faures family notoriety and was to become Australias best safebreaker, and a heavy weight in the Melbourne Waterside Workers” Painters and Dockers, of the 1950,s and 1960,s. Keithy George Faure was the last king pin of the Painters and Dockers in Pentridge Prison branch in the 1970,s to 1990,s.
    Keithy George Faure is now doing life with Evan Goussis, for the hitman murder of Lewis Caine, one time drug dealer and notoriously violent murderer lover boy of for a time disbarred, but later aloud to practice again Criminal Gangland Figures, Lawyer of choice Sarah Garde Wilson. Keith Faure was questioned over the murder of Lewis Moran, in a Brunswick pub who was then the king pin drug dealer and father of his two heavyweight drug king pin sons Mark and Jason Moran of the Melbourne Moran Gangland crime family. Lewis Morans murder remains unsolved to date.

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  48. I believe that Kieth Faure also has a brother John who also was a bank robber. He also has a cousin David Ali who was a member of his armed robbery sqaud who also served time in Pentridge Prison.

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  49. Yes that could be right. I never knew of John Faure, only Noel , and Keithys wife Sandra Faure, who regularly visited him on contact visits, when I was in Pentridge, in 1989. , but I do remember David Ali, he stood out and was a well known Armed Robber, with the heavy crims, and Other Armed Robbers such as Mark Smith, Russell Cox, Lee Torney, Paul Disher, Paul Dillion, Gary Abdullah, Mark Millitano, Frank Valastro, Greame Jenson, Jedd Houghton, Olah Deitrich or Hugo Rich, Peter Lawless, Kevin Templeton, Shane and Anthony Fellows, Christopher Binse, Rodney Wilson & Wilson Bros, Danny Gallagher, Peter Reed, Craig and Rodney Minogue, Thomas Henshall , Victor Brincatt, Trevor Jolly, Stanley Brian Taylor, Joey Hamilton, Paul Brennan, Leon O,Geary, Peter McEvoy, Victor Pierce, all the Walsh Street suspects and the Flemington Crew armed robbers of the 1980,s, Raymond Kane, Paul Fordham and many of the ”A”.Division and ”J” AND ”B”.Division long term crims, used to all walk the exercise yard together. When I left as a screw in 1994, David Ali was a heavy, running H.M.Loddon, Medium and Minimum Security Club Loddon Castlemaine prison, a few years before Pentridge closed for good. He was a prison kitchen billet, and Noel Faure was also at H.M.Loddon, before he got out again and later murdered. don’t know if David Ali ever reoffended and went back to jail again. He had a very low Prison Record Number, which explains he would have knocked around and done armed robs with Keith Faure in the 1970,s…………..

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  50. He was stabbed by the Heavy Notorious Crim Terry Flannery from ”B”.Division in 1989 at a ”B”.Division , ”E”.Division , ”A”.Division and ”J”.Division Football match on the Pentridge Football oval. He surived the attack, Terry Flannery was sent down to the Slot, in ”H”.Division. Terry Flannery was charged, but was aquitted of the stabbing because no of the crims dogged on him or witnessed the stabbing on Shane Fellows apart from myself who was the only Crown witness. Several ”B”.Division Prisoners gave un-sworn evidence against the stabbing I witnessed and Terry Flannery had his two charges of Recklessly Cause Serious Injury against Shane Fellows dropped by the Magistrate. The Un-sworn evidence in Brunswick Magistrates Court giving by Terry Flannery and his mates, Keithy George Faure , Raymond Kane, Nick Apostiledis, Mick Devlin, and Peter Nicola,were believed over my Sworn Statement and record of Police Interview! ……Which to this very day I can not understand, why the Magistrate believed there un-sworn words in court over mine, as a reliable and Crown witness on behalf of The Victorian Prison Service…… My word meant nothing against a convicted serial Contract Killer and a Northern Suburbs Convicted Drug Trafficker, and one of the Younger Brothers of the notorious Les Kane.
    My official police statement which is on Public Record of my witnessing the Stabbing at Pentridge while I was on duty meant nothing to the Magistrate. My Career, reputation and service as a Prison Officer went to shit, from that point on and I was branded a Police Informing Dog, by all the Pentridge Prison Prisoners and most of the Prison Officers in the Victorian Prison Service and had to go into witness protection and relocate to a Country Prison for my safety….. For simply not turning the other way and going to court for what I saw!……. A few years later in 1994, I resigned as a Prison Officer from H.M. Loddon Medium Security Prison, after losing all faith in the Justice System and sick of Drug Trafficking Corruption controlling all the Victorian Prison by bent corrupt screws sucking up to Prison King Pins: Prisoners : Peter Allen and Jason Moran.!………. It appear to me that Shane Fellows was being taught a lesson by Terry Flannery on the orders of the Keithy George Faure Boys over Pentridge Drug Trafficking Power Play, I dont know for sure!…………… In May 1990, Keithy George Faure was badly stabbed in ”B”.Division Pentridge on the same day ”A”.Division Troublesome Prisoner Rapist Paul Captain Cremmin was brutally bashed and stabbed about 20 times and rammed under a prisoners metal bed in a ”A’.Division cell………….And also on the same day Hoddle Street killer Juilian Knight was quickly moved from ”J”.Division Pentridge to H.M.Barwon Prison as he was to be murdered on this day also, after he had not long been let out of protection from ”H”.Division High Security Unit….. Only Shane Fellows can truly say why he was a target of the KGB and Stabbed and left for dead, by Terry Flannery at Pentridge in 1989. The last time I saw Shane Fellows was after I walked him over to the Pentridge Hospital, when he was bleeding real bad……….But he lived from his stab wounds, and Terry Flannery fuckrd up by not killing him on the Pentridge Football oval. Maybe Shane Fellows can write on the Aussie Criminals comments site and tell what he knows? When Terry Flannery was released from Pentridge Prison he was to later killed by a Drug Hot shot or overdose I heard?…. I dont no what really happened to him, maybe Shane Fellows and Keithy George Faure and Nick Apostiledis know what really killed him. It was properly a payback hit or to silence Terry Flannery. I would be interested to know the truth behind his suspious death. The last time I saw Terry Flannery was when he was held in ”H”.Division. I didnt ever find out what Shane Fellows was in Pentridge Prison for. But to be mixed up with Raymond Kane and Keithy George Faure, it would not have been for Shoplifting !
    As for the Last Prisoner to leave Pentridge Prison in 1997, I cant tell you, as I had resigned as a Screw by then!… if any Former Pentridge Prison officer who served in Pentridge Prison up to its closure in 1997, knows, please write hear at Aussie Criminals……………Cheers!

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    • David Ali,was the last Prisoner to leave & board the bus to be relocated as he had a low CRN number (4) and farewelled Governor Money, & Prison Officer Albi.

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  51. Matthew Johnson who killed Carl Williams in Acasia Supermax Unit at H.M Barwon Prison was in ”H”.Division before it closed in 1987, and Greg Bluey Brazel would have been one of the last from ”H”.Division.
    Matty Johnson was the founder of the Prisoners of War jail gang, an was mentored by Mark Chopper Reid in ”H”.Division in 1991, to be the new General of Choppers old Overcoat Gang. Now called the Prisoners of War!………..This why Matthew Johnson holds so much power and respect over the Crims in Barwon, and since he got rid of Carl Williams, his role as the General has no doubt put him on the top of the tree!……….Probably more feared than Keithy George Faure.
    Another Contract Murderer in Barwon Prison that did many years at Pentridge in ”A”.Division is The Duke: Rodney Collins…..and another long time serving Prisoner from ”H”.Division and ”A”.Division is Hugo Rich or Olaf Dieterich as he used to be called in the Slot of H.Division.
    Craig Minogue who did the Russell street Bombing would have been one of the last prisoners in ”H”.Division..Pentridge…..I know for a fact that all the Prisoner movements from Pentridge in 1997 to other Victorian Prisons at Port Phillip and Barwon Maximum Security Prisons are kept on Public Records and in Prison Registers. But they would still be held under restricted access to the public, because there would still be Pentridge Prisoners still serving sentences of imprisonment in all current Victorian Prisons. It is impossible to access Pentridge Documents, their safely locked away somewhere and hopefully have not been lost after Pentridge Prison Closed down and was sold off!

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    • Yeah Sam that is correct, David Ali the Armed Robber from Keithy Faures gang had the lowest CRN, out of all the Prisoners, most of the prisoners had 4 numbers up to 6. Some of the old time prisoners had 3 numbers. A couple of Prisoners named Peter Lawless, Leon O,Geary and Trevor Jolly had very low CRN ,s as well. , I remember David Ali CRN 4 ,when he arrived at H.M.Loddon as I had to strip search him off the bus and issue his new Prisoner I.D with just the number 4, with his new Loddon photo on it. although Im sure that was about 1993, because he was given a job working as a billet in the prison kitchen. And Pentridge was not closed then till 1997. I had never seen such a low CRN. out of all the prisoners i knew from Pentridge. If he was the last prisoner to leave Pentridge, he must have been paroled from H.M.Loddon, and then re-offended and sent back to Pentridge some time after 1994. Served more time in Pentridge and then sent back to H.M.Loddon in 1997.

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      • Yes you are right he did re- offend after being released from Loddon, & returned to Pentridge in 1995 to then be 1 of last one’s to leave on bus to go to Barwon, then he went onto Port Phillip, Then released in 1998 from Daringhile Prison. And So far never has re-offended.

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  52. I would like to tell yo a few things in regards to the Bashings in H.Division, that I knew happened in there out of sight. But these Prison Officers are still working in the Victorian Prison Service, and still hold the most senior of Prison Officer ranks. So it would not be very smart of me or especially legally wise or even safe for me to talk to some one as well known as you as a well known Aussie crime writer and from the Tough Nuts and BBC Docos. When I left as a Prison Officer in the 1990,s it was very corrupt, and need I say any more. Just read The Mulgrew Report into Victorian Corruption, and it says it all. And that was just the tip of the ice burg. Corruption is still going on, at H.M.Barwon. Or it was, it also has a very recent colourful history of incidents, from a Governor going missing, to the Carl Williams murder and corrupt Prison Officers dealing in Drugs with Prisoner Christopher Wayne Hudson and The Hodsons Contract Murderer Rodney Collins. So that is why i wish to not name names that I worked with, because they both Officers and Prisoners from Pentridge are still in the Prison System….but i no longer am not thanks to the corruption of the Bastards!…………..Sorry adam, but i would not be of much use to you anyway. As I did not get involved with some of the most brutal things that happened in both Pentridge and H.Division.
    Sometime it is best to use may right to remain silent. Any Chopper Reid cover most of what it was like in the last years of H.Division. Maybe some other Former H.Division Prison Officer will right on here, but I very much doubt it….H.Division was run as a very secretive place!…………..If I was still a serving Prison Officer it would be illegal for me to even say the name, let alone talk about the place. Some secrets about what really went on in the long dark years of H.Division from a Prison Officers time there, are best kept un-known and buried. Put it this way if a Governor can mysteriously vanish from the face of the earth from one of Australias most high security Prisons, for un-known reasons, even to his family. And appear to have been from foul play. Then one has to be very careful who or what he talks about. Because even though it is a modern building, Barwons, Acasia unit, is still run much the same as was H.Division, in other words, what happens on the watch in Acasia or as was the case in H.Division, stays on the watch. Out of sight and out of mind! ……. Sorry Adam, I am not much use to you!….But I have got to watch my back and not let the light into the skeletons closet. There are a lot of Dangerous men both inside and outside our prisons, that dont mind at all getting rid of somebody that talks to much. AND OF late i have been getting threats from people not very happy with what I have been writing on Aussie Criminal. So I better start keeping my mouth shut, especially in regard to The Victorian Prison Service………Cheers.

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  53. Adam, Mark Chopper Read was the crim in charge of H.Division in my time in H.Division. He was trusted enough in 1989 by the then Chief Prison Officer of H.Division :Mr Hutton to work with minimum supervision in the most secure wing of H.M.Pentridge. He was the only Maximum Security Prisoner in H.Division High Security Unit, not considered dangerous and a escape risks, by the team of H.Division full time senior Prison Officers who only ever worked in H.Division. Chopper was also the H.Division Billet who done all the cleaning duties in the Slot. He was also in charge of the H.Division Scullery , which was the name given to the H.Block Kitchen. Chopper served out all the meals in H.Division on what was called the hot box. All the H.Division prisoners were at all time locked in their cells on solitary confinement and only let out of their cells on a ratio of five Prison Officers to one inmate for security reasons. And then they were only let out of their cells for two hours in the H.Division Labour hards, where prisoners used to break rocks in the seventies. Now in 1989, The Prisoners were allowed in the labour yards for two hours of of exercise time while watched under high surveillance by a armed Prison Officer above the yards on the H.Division gun galley tower, which looked down on every one of H.Divisions separation yards, which kept certain high security risk prisoners separate from each other, while they were out of their H.Division cells. As all the Prisoners sent down to H.Division were all a High Management risk inmates in Pentridges Southern most part of the Maximum Security Prison. They a were all classified A2 Security rating. H.Division was classed by the then Office of Corrections as the only High Security Unit next to Jika Jika. And both these units were used together until the 1988 prisoner lit fire closed down Jika Jika and downgraded its High Security Unit rating to a Protection and a AIDS Unit for HIV Protection prisoners. Until H.M.Barwon Maximum Security Prisons, new Supermax Acasia High Security Management Unit opened for use in 1990. H.Division was the only suitable secure place to hold the the most high risk prisoners, until it closed for good in 1997. And all the A2 rating management inmates were held there for a number of security management reasons. These management ratings were – Considered a danger to Prison Officers and also a danger to other Prisoners. – Considered a High Escape Risk, as was the case for Russell Mad Dog Cox, and Steven Hunter. – Held in H.Division for High Protection, as was the case for Juilian Hoddle Street Knight and believe it or not Pentridges most hated Police Informer Prisoner Mark Brandon Chopper Reid, many crims in all the Victorian Prisons hated hopper, which was the main reason he felt secure and behaved himself sometimes, and sometime not for ten years. Chopper also spent a lot of time in Jika Jika, but always returned back to H.Division to what he always called home!…………Prisoners were Held in H.Division for a major breach of Prison Security and or for a serious breach of the good order and management of the Prison, for example the prisoners that survived the Jika Jika fire in 1988, Craig Slim Russell Street Bomber Minogue and Alex Tsakmakis a sadist cold blooded killer were sent to back to H.Division for good. And Craig Minogue later in the H.Division Laundry in front of a H.Division Prison Officer, smashed Alex Tsakmakis head in and killed him with some weight lifting weights. – Held in H.Division for a interstate security transfere to another High Security Prison interstate. . – Held in H.Division on a Community Protection of the Community Act: The Garry David Webb Law used on him as he was the most dangerous prisoner to others and a danger to himself and a danger to the community. Garry David planned to do a urban mass murder and was a escapolist in Pentridge and a frequent self mutilator of himself He severed off his own penis and severed it off again after it was sewn back on. He nailed his own feet to his cell floor and some of the most violent acts of swallowing of razor blades and foreign articles to cause himself maximum damage and horrible acts of slash ups, or cutting himself up and making himself bleed to annoy the H.Division Screws. . – Prisoners were held in H.Division for assaulting and threatening to assault Prison Officers. such as Christopher Dean Badness Binse, who years later held a major Police Stand off seize in Keilor, Melbourne. He was one of Australia biggest hard nut cases! And Prisoners were sent down to H.Division that were on High Profile Security Court Hearings and considered dangerous, violent, high escape risks, Such as the Russell Street Bombers and The Walsh Street Police Killers.
    So as bad as poor old Chopper was he did have many enemies in all the Victorian Jails and especially in other parts of Pentridge.
    But as for me I liked the man. A Lot of us then Screws in H.Division did. He was a wity joker, with a good sense of humour. And he was a very tough man to go with it. And he was a compatible gaol mate of Australia probably most notorious Armed Robber : Russell Mad Dog Cox. With Chopper and Russell Cox in H.Division it was one hell of a interesting team, to see together. Later on Russell Cox was moved interstate to serve his sentences he had built up for all the years he spent on the run. He is now out of jail living in Queensland. But he is still a suspect and person of interest in a high profile murder and contract killing. Chopper was released from H.Division in 1991, and I had then moved on to the newly opened H.M.Loddon medium and minimum security prison and never set foot in H.Division ever again, until after it closed in 1997. Now Days H.Division has fallen into disrepair. Such a crime! Any back to Chopper, after 10 years in the hard yards and battles of H.Division , he certainly give his body a hiding, from his own self mutilations, and from other crims that tried to teach him a lesson. Often the with the screws not seeing a thing Chopper later taught his enemies a worse lesson by Choppers retaliation and wraith! Hitting Mad Richard Mladinich over the head with a shovel was one such incident of chopper mischief ! And his putting razor blades in the soap and dyring it out in the sun, to put back in the H.Division shower block. Also as he was in chage of dishing out the food to prisoners in their H.Division solitary cells, he used to tamper with their food. He was a master of playing mind games with his enemies in Pentridge, especially in H.Division and Jika Jika. He thrived on the isolation of H.Division from the rest of Pentridge Proper as it was called!…He used to read all the books in the H.Division prisoners library . His favorite book was the Art of War….I guess that what made Chopper tick, after all his father was a commando. Hence Choppers love of guns and violence. He was certainly the missing link, but only dangerous to those crims that were low- lives anyway. He probably could of been a good solder in a combat zone,or a good hard Copper or even a Prison Officer , had he not wasted his younger days as a hood on the streets and later got himself sent of to Pentridge for years. He was in fact knocked back as joining to be a Copper, because he had flat feet or something like that. I also think that mad Jimmy Loughnan was his down bringing to, and maybe even Mad Charlie. He hung out with to many crazy hard men.. And all the shock treatment he was put through in his early years in J Ward at H.M.Ararat Prison for the Criminally insane they would have had further stuffed up his already disturbed mind.
    But that all said, in his later years when he used to drink at the Collingwood Leinster Arms Pub years after he served time over in the Pink Palace H.M.Risdon Prison and had later returned back to Melbourne after living on his farm, he was a really normal bloke to have a beer with and a chat.
    It is unlikely that there will ever be another inmate like Chopper, he
    was one tough legend, who did very hard time in one of Australias Most Violent Old Victorian era Gaols. Most crims today would never survive in the Old H.Division High Security Unit. and Jika Jika, Let alone in the old hard labour rock crushing yards and the old hard screws days of the bash house!. All though Chopper I think he said was not in H.Division in the systematic prisoner bashing days. I think he first entered H.Division in and out of Pentridge around 1975, after the Jenkinson Inquiry phased out for good, well at least officially the bash, And outlawed the mass crim bashings. Most of Choppers H.Division times were in the late seventies and the all the 1980,s. anyway………………..Its all ancient history now. And H.Divison is just a old Ghost ship…………………. Cheers Adam, I sure you have heard all this before from other sources and Prison Officers – that know more than I ever experienced in H.Division. But with Chopper now gone, hopefully the little bit I knew about H.Division at least in the end of the 1980,s, will help with your book on Mark Chopper Reid.
    Adam one former Prison Officer I suggest you try and make contact with for your book is the most experienced Senior Prison Officer that worked in H.Division for years and was a good friend also of Mark on the inside and outside after he was released from Pentridge , is Prison Officer Paul Prideaux, he would be able to tell you some interesting happenings that went on in H.Division. He was at Chopper funeral. Maybe he will talk to you, I do not know. It was his younger brother who was the Governor of H.M.Barwon Prison and later mysteriously disappeared without a trace?..I dont have any contact with ex Pentridge Prison Officers. But I will give you a few names of well known H.Division Officers that may also talk to you. They all served in H.Division for a long time!. Chief Prison Officer Hutton. Senior Prison Officer Brian Furlong – Prison Officer Hartley. – Prison Officer Norman House.- Prison Officer Peter Tieman. Prison Officer Partridge. – Senior Prison Officer Paul Prideaux……I dont know how many of them are still in the job!…Wish I could tell you more but I left H.Division and H.M.Pentridge in 1990 And never looked back, until in the past year, Where I am now trying to find out as much as I can about Pentridge Gaols long dark history!. Now that it has nearly all been demolished and turned into modern housing and commercial developments. Also many of the Old time Pentridge Prison Officers that I worked with in H.M. Pentridge have now passed away! And took their experiences with them. The current Corrections Victoria rehabilitation prisons just are not the same as Pentridge was, even some of the old crims will say that too!. Its a pity its still not a one of H.M.Prisons…………….Cheers Adam……….Good luck with your book, should be good read mate!……..By the way I liked your BBC Doco on The Kangaroo Gang, with Billy The Texan Longley, a former ICON and good mate also of Chopper in the old days of H.Division ………….

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  54. Cheers Sam thanks for that interesting bit about Pentridge last days. Glad I could still remember that, its 25years since I was a Screw, so I cant remember everything as it was back then, as I would have supervised thousands of inmates at both Pentridge and Loddon. But I can always remember David Ali he was in the Minimum cottage unit at H.M.Loddon and his low number 4: Criminal Record Number. As it really stood out amongst the other prisoners.
    I cannot even still remember the famous crims like Keith George Faure CRN, but it was not as low as David Ali. Even Stanley Brian Taylor and Greg Brazel and Paul Haigh, and Raymond Mr Stinky Edmonds and Peter Dupas do not have a number that low. I can remember a murderer from B.Division Pentridge who was one of the few to ever escape from Pentridge. He was years later sent to Loddon Prison in the same group of low security units as David Ali , he also had a very low CRN, Number also.. . What part of Pentridge was David ALI in as I never knew him when I was at Pentridge, as I was mostly in H.Division, B.Division , A.Division and J.Division. Was he in the MRC at D.Division. Where as Keith Faure I knew him well in the shithole of B.Division.. He didnt like me at all, and I have to say I didnt like him either.. I once told him get fucked, as he and his heavies all give me a hard time in B.Division…. And later he caused me to get moved out of Pentridge, because I was a hated crown witness against him and his Drug dealing gang and he wanted to knock me for being a Dog on his mates Ray Kane, Nick The Greek, Neville Fucking Bartos Apostiledes and Terry Flannery who stabbed Shane Fellows , and Ray Kane. They had a low CRN Numbers also… But neither did Chopper get on very well with any of them either!…And I got on well with Chopper.. So fuck em all!…. Where as David Ali he was a okay prisoner to the screws and never give any cheek , Unlike Keith Faure. His Brother Noel Faure was at Loddon Prison Too before he later committed another murder and now Keith Faure back in for one of the Gangland Murders…. And so the Overcoat Gang has come to and end with Chop Chop now gone!…..I wonder how Matthew Johnson of the Prisoners of War gets on with Keithy George Faure!………..To Prison Heavies, and the clash of the bloody Titans….Who fucking want to be in Prison now days!….

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  55. Violent Armed Robber and Escape Peter Walker then 21years old who was sent to H.Division, for many years after he was captured when he broke out of H.M. Pentridge Prison on Christmas Day over a B.Division Tower in 1966, with his co- offender Ronald Ryan, The last man to be hanged in Pentridge and Australia.
    Has just been arrested on his Central Victorian Property near Kyneton, for trafficking in Drugs from his property. He is now in his seventies. He was let out of Prison back in about 1985, after having been sentenced for attempted murder and manslaughter of a man named Arthur Henderson, that attempted to try and turn Peter Walker in to police, while he was still on the run for his role in the Jail Break from Pentridge in which Ronald Ryan was later found guilty of the shooting Murder of a Prison Officer George Hodson. Peter Walker was not found guilty of the murder of the Prison Officer and was lucky to not have been also hanged with Ronnie Ryan. Peter Walker served a long time in H.Division with Brian Stanley Taylor also a Armed Robber who after serving long time in Pentridge Prisons H.Division and B.Division, was released from Pentridge with a hatred for all Police and Prison Officers and planned the revenge attack on Russell Street Police Headquarters Bombing with Craig Minogue and their act of Victorias first and worst act of Terrorism which killed a young female Victoria Police Constable Angela Taylor in 1986.
    Peter Walkers best mate Stanley Brian Taylor , also now in his seventies is serving a life sentence – never to be released for his planning in the Russel Street Bombing. Peter Walker now maybe joining him again back in Prison, after all these years he has been involved in Drug Trafficking. They always plead their innocent these famous Crims!……………..It looks like many of these old Lags – Crims should have got the Death Penalty. Another ghost of the past lives on from Pentridge Prisons H.Division………The Pentridge Screws Hated Peter Walker but many of them felt sorry to a degree for Ronald Ryan. The Pentridge Prison Officers always felt the the wrong man had been hanged. Peter Walker in his young days in Pentridge was said to be very cocky and full of him self, could be violent, and would look at himself in the mirror. The complete opposite of Ronald Ryan, who was very well liked by the Pentridge Governor. Ronald Ryan had been a hard worker, before he feel on hard tim and got mixed up in stealing and property crime with eventually lead him on his notorious path to Pentridge Gaol and getting mixed up with Peter Walker and in desperation planning and carrying out their escape from Pentridge, which went pear shaped and turned out costing a highly respected Pentridge Prison Officer his Life through the actions of Ronald Ryan and Peter Walkers Escape……………………………………………………….

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    • Sorry readers a typing mistake – Peter Walker Escaped with Ronald Ryan from Pentridge B.Division exercise yard , number 1 post tower. on Christmas Day December 25th 1965. Not 1966 as a 23 year old! And Ronald Ryan who was later hanged in Pentridge in 1967 for the accidental murder of a Prison Officer, while he and Peter Walker were trying to steal a get away car to get away quickly from Pentridge Prison and the Prison Officers that were chasing after them. Ronald Ryan , planned to do his Pentridge escape with Armed Robber Peter Walker, when he decided he was not going to be able to serve a long 8 year, lagging – sentence, for Safe Breaking and Robbery. And had to see his family.
      A more detailed insight into Ronald Ryan and Peter Walkers famous Escape, can be see on the Youtube Doco: Ronald Ryan the Last Man Hanged!………Any way Peter Walker now in his seventies has been arrested for re-offended after all these years, and has been charged with Drug Trafficking!………………………..

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      • Ronnie never even fired the gun. the screw in the tower shot Hodson and it was rumoured at the time he was having a affair with his wife.and seen his chance. who knows ???

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  56. As a one time resident of HMP Pentridge and H-Div. I recall you Steve Dennis, I was serving time for murder and whilst a lot of the screws down there were utter fucking bastards that would spoil for a beating I recount you as not being one of them. I don’t think I abused you verbally but there were plenty I did. One such piece of shit was Ron Gobbet, even his screw parents hated him.

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      • I was there betwen 1987 to 1997.
        In “H” from late ’87 to late “89 around the time Tasmarkis was killed and the place was on lockdown, then again from mid ’90 to late ’96.

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        • Wondering if any of you ex’s have an opinion about our new anti-smoking laws in QLD – total ban in prisons. I think they have started with a women’s prison. Not sure I would like to be an officer around a crapload of prisoners coming off ciggies. Is it likely to cause an upsurge in other types of drug-taking? Cause violence? Had to live with one of my son’s coming off a 20 a day habit and that was horrendous. His personality changes were almost unbearable to live with.

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          • It never worried me as a non-smoker but there are be plenty of long term prisoners that have smoked all their lives and will find it exceedingly hard to deal with.

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            • so I spose now they’ll get VJ;d if caught smoking extra time .if they try that they’ll have a riot or 2 on their hands  lol.

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              • It’s ridiculus to think that lop’s will be meted out for smoking cigarettes. I wonder if the government will foot the bill for Nicobate patches? I think not.

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  57. Yeah Wulfgar, I do remember you. And you are spot on about, him, I wont say his name on this post, for legal reasons, its not good for me to shit bag my fellow Prison Officers that I knew well, and were locked up with on my tour of duty at H.M.Pentridge- Im sure you understand that I will not Dog on Officer that I once trained and graduated with, its not the done thing, even if I did not like him!… But having said that I will say this, I done my basic training with him at Prison Officers Academy, and also worked with him at Pentridge in 1989. And I did not click with him either, and I found him bossy and a smart-arse, and he did hate the crims, and many like him, would have fitted in well with the old 1960,s and 1970,s , H.Divison basher screws. I wont say any more on him!… but so to did I, have good reasons to appear as a hard screw, as many of the hardcore Pentridge Crims give my a bloody hard time, especially in ”B”.Division. And as you well know, new smurf Prison Officers that appeared a bit weak , copped a lot of shit, Greg Bluey Brazel used to call me the young college boy, and does ya mum know ya here. Ha,Ha, I was only 25 years old back then in Pentridge, so I was fresh meat, to the tough crims, and they used to call me SOG, as in special operations group and police dog, Especially as the shake up and roll on effects in 1988, in the aftermath of the payback hit on The Flemmington Armed Robbery crew of Graeme Jenson and Frank Valastro and Gary Abdulla and Jedd Houghton, Walsh Street main Walsh Street Police shootings suspects and the relentless and constant shakedowns, harassments and bashings in and out of of Pentridge, The Police City Watchouses and Brawler vans speeding over speed humps to shake the crim around and the brutal treatments on many in the Criminal world by the SOG and the Pentridge Killer Super Screws contant ramps and raids and blck panadol- baton bashings during the prison shangi, transferes from police lock-up to Pentridge ”H”.Divison and rough treatment of the Walsh Street Police Murder suspects Victor Pierce – Anthony Farrell and Peter Mc Evoy . I know what he was like in H.Division and the wild west of ”A”.Division and ”B”.Division. It was always a scary place for me as a young new screw, and the tough arse hard killer screws were just as bad to me as a new in-experienced Pentridge screw, or smurf, they would not accept me, if I did not join them!.. . you know the bashings, the corruption and drugs ran the place!…… ”B”.Division and ”H”.Division is were I had my first confrontation with Badness- Chris Binse, and he was as mad as a cut snake even back then, and give me a lot of shit, and asking me to suck his cock, when ever I had to walk past him in the yard, or chook pen, the crazy bastard, And he still is a Mad Dog……And their was King Richard Mladnich, another dangerous nut case. And luckly I never got to meet Alex Tskmarkis after Craig-Slim- Minogue, decided to cave his head in with weights in H.Division Laundry- I saw the police forensic photos of the mess he made of Tsmarkis, it wasn’t pretty. But I think it was a case of kill or be killed before Alex Tsmarkis got in first, and if Chopper didn’t like him, then he must have been a dangerous bastard I reckon!….. The Only Crim that I actually liked was Mark Chopper Reid, in the Pentridge sea of sharks!…. And Russell Mad Dog Cox, didn’t appear to be as bad as his reputation had made him out to be, when he was in the slot in 1989., him and chopper seemed good mates in H.Division!, But Chopper was also good mates with Juilian Hoddle Street Knight and Russell Street Bomber and Police Killer Craig Slim Minogue, who I didn’t like, and I didn’t like his Brother Rodney Minogue either, he was a smartarse towards me.!.. And Greg Bluey Brazel hated me also.. But the crims in H.Division that hated me the most was Shane and Anthony Fellows and Glen Dillion, and Terry Flannery they would have loved to have the chance to fuck me up the arse if they would have got me alone in a empty cell!…..The funny thing is that I should not have witnessed Shane Fellows stabbing on the Pentridge footy oval, and I should have looked the other way and not escorted and got him off quickly to Pentridge Hospital. Should of just let him bleed! Instead his fucking mates Keithy George Faure, Noel Faure, Ray Kane, Nick Apostiledes, Mick Devlin., Peter Nicola, helped Terry Flannery make me look like a fucking idiot in front of the magistrate in Brunswick Court, and I was then branded by most of the Pentridge Crims in B.Divison and A.Division as a fucking Dog! Rat!. and got death treats for lagging on them! … I only lasted as. few more years as a screw, the corruption made sure that I resigned for good in 1994 at H.M.Loddon Prison, what a fucked up place that was to work in, preferred to worked in H.Division or Pentridge anyday. that’s where I first locked up Peter Dupas!.. If only he would have stayed lock up there, some innocent women would still be alive today!……………………A few years later alsoTerry Flannery was murdered by a hot shot, I heard…….Properly over Drugs! or tit for tat!………Any way fucking glad that world is all behind me now, but I am still branded by many, both Crims and Screws as a Dog maggot!.. And I know Mr Gobbett didn’t like me very much, he probably is a screw in H.M.Barwon or Port Phillip Prison now, Probably a Govenor of the place!………..I.Should of been and Armed Robber and went crazy like Chris Binse, Ha,Ha ., now doesn’t he love the screws! I know he fuckin hates me!. I shouldn’t have told him to get fuck, when he was standing naked at the B.Division Swimming pool, with a erect cock in his hand,…. I never did give him a blow job, and just told him to fuck off, as I once also told Keithy George Faure in B.Division, he wanted to fuck me up the arse too. along with Kevin Gutsell and some drug fucked shitbag , Kevin Miles and danny Gallagher, who was the top heavy of B.Division then after the 1988 Riot in B.Division Pentridge.. Back then they all smoked bongs in front of the screws in the cells and lots of White Ox rolly tobacco, and home brew, It was hard to breath and see in the divisions most of the time. Later on a few years later some screw who died of lung cancer from passive smoking in Pentridge, sued the Office of Corrections, for a fortune payout!..But it was no good to him, he had already died of cancer!……I never liked the smoking in prison, but I was a non-smoker, and back then in Pentridge all the screws smoked with the crims anyway. So I just had to put up with it!…………A smoke, homebrew and drugs in prison is the only thing stopping a riot!………Banning smoking in prison, is a pressure cooker waiting to explode!……………………………..

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  58. HI, must have been a hell of a place indeed.. you twice mention Rodney Wilson and the brothers, I am wondering if this is the same Rod I knew.. he was a bit of a crim, who had brothers that did a bit of time.. what do you recall about him/them..

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  59. They were group of hard core tough buggars, Armed Robbers I think, and they all had to be classified as dangerous, management problems and locked up in the toughest and highest security -mainstream part of H.M.Pentridge. This was in ”B”.Division. They were pretty much mates with all the hard core crimininals, the worst of the worst, and were often involved in many incidents, with the screws, and as such got them sent down to The Slot, which was the name the crims give ”Hell or H”.Division. Prisoners that were a management problem or trouble makers, violent and dangerous to other prisoners or to the screws or where a risk of being escapee, were sent down to the Slot, on what was called L.O.P.s or Loss of Privileges. Usually for anywhere from one week to three months, which could be extended for longer by the Governor of ”H”.Division, if the prisoners bad behaviour continued.. And they were held under the strictest of isolation in a cold draconian bluestone cell, not nice at all. Nothing like today posh conditions in the new jails!… H.M.Pentridge, Prisons ”H”.Divisions and ”B”.Divisions, were horrible conditions in which to be locked away for a long time in!…….The Wilson Brothers did a long stretch in both these harsh division! I think they came from the Victorian Country large city of Bendigo!………Rodney was the toughest of the Brothers, always in trouble in ”B”.Division…This is the same Division or Cellblocks as Armed Robber ”Badness Christopher Binse was a guest of the Queens House in 1990!…. He also spent a lot of time down in the slot of H.Division, for threatening behaviour to the screws!….. And after he got out of Pentridge in 1991, he went on to bigger armed robberies, that got him like the Wilsons into more trouble, and even more long hard jail time. Chris Binse became a escape artist, which lead to him being locked up in body belts and chains, when ever he was let out of ”H”.Division for his high security court appearances!…. I cant tell you any more about the Wilson Brothers after 1991. I left Pentridge after then!……….Cheers, jb, hopes this information is of some use to you. For the record, I did not like any of the Wilson Bros, as like all hardcore mainstream tough ”B”.Division crims, give me a hard time in there. They would probably still remember me trying to keep them away from the ”B”.Division cell block entrance main gate, during out of cell times for the un-employed prisoners. They used to try and smuggle shit, in to the division!….And my job was to keep a watch out on them, that no drugs or weapons were smuggled in. But that was next to impossible, because they would all hang around me and get me distracted from my post, while they got other crims to do there shit for them.. ”B”.Division was a security nightmare back then in 1989!……..Screws didn’t last in there for very long. It used to have a lot of Prison Riots., bashings, stabbing, fires and slash ups and endless drug using in the crims cells and cell block tiers………A lot of the screws turned a blind eye to the drug use, as it kept the crims quiet, and less trouble to manage. Also some of the bent screws actually trafficked the drugs into Pentridge and made stacks of money out of it!…………….This was the down side to the old condition jails….. Lots of violence and drug use!……

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    • Yeah, that sounds about right. shifty as proverbial shithouse rats. how did you put up with it, it must have been brain sprain watching over them blokes. I remember some stories of an officer who worked the gate, he was firm, but fair, but also a good bloke. I think they nick named him ‘Warder Fred’. could this be you? did you ever find a bottle of Jim Beam down a crims waist band one day while on the gate? I have these some where , I will try and dig them out for you, if this could be you.. if you are interested that is.

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  60. Cheers jb, you just put a smile on my face, about the Jimmy Beam bottle, smuggled through the main Gate. Yeah jb, I was the part of the security team on the main gate many times , working under my commanding officer, Governor or some times Chief Prison Officer Colin Wood or Grumpy Woody as we younger screws called him,behind his back. He was as tough and hard as the Pentridge cell bars, as he had been old days screw in Pentridge for 50 years, and his old man also worked as a screw in the old DAYS at Pentridge back when the inmates had to wear canvas face masks, before the 1950,s, when all of Pentridge Gaol was a Bash House!… This is before their was a H.Division built in 1958. H.Division was once part of the large A.Division Wing and was known as the Punishment Block Hard Labour Yards, and I believe was even worst than H.division, as back then breaking rocks was not just a punishment but the crushed rock was used by the Public works Department for all road gravel use, and the Pentridge Prison Labour yard were a council depot using all the punished prisoner crush bluestone!…..Any back to when I was working in Pentridge in 1989, I was regularly posted to H.Division and B.Division and A.Division, when they were short staffed, and didn’t get to close or buddy like with the harden crims, and though many of the tough crims,I sure did not like me, as I was what the branded a super screw or killer screw, not that I was ever part of these hated basher screws, but I wasn’t a walk over either, and was suspicious of all prisoners, because as you say they were as cunning as shithouse rats, and were always trying to smuggle contraband past me by distracting me at my security post in groups of prisoners to distract me and sneek shit past me!. For all I know, Im sure they could have smuggled a bomb or a machine gun past me when I wasn’t looking, or searching another prisoner,and us screws were always short staffed and many inexperienced, so the prisoners were always one step ahead of us screws. Even though I used to have to strip search and or pat down the prisoners on the gate, for every prisoner caught with contraband, another one slipped past me into the cell blocks or divisions. It would be a lot harder in jail now, as there a walkthrough detectors, that make smuggling contraband so much harder, and the sniffer dogs also, find things that a screw doesn’t always detect!…. Yes I was firm but fair, but that is how a good screw avoided being compromised and walk over by many of the crims! I went out of my way to avoid being friendly with the prisoners, that is how I keep control. I was just Boss, to the crims and even though I new what many of them were in there for, I still maintain a form of respect to them, if the didn’t treat me as a smartarse, or refused a order!….. The reason I was posted to H.Division was I was considered unapproachable and not a crim lover, who couldn’t be conned by shifty prisoner to bend the prison rules!….. I was best suited to been handed a rifle and sent up in to the H.Division Tower, than as a screw that became a buddy in the division with the crims. By the same token though, I may have seemed hard and beyond approach to both the Pentridge Prisoners and many of the Screws, or Prison Officers, but I never crossed the line ad took part in any brutal or corrupt activity against any prisoners, and I definitely never took part in any of the many bashings on prisoners in Pentridge.!….. I know they took place, but never on my watch!….. I was a super screw, appeared tough, hard, but always firm but fair, maybe sometimes even too weak to be a screw, because I tended to show some empathy, especially I felt sorry for the visitors that visited and were processed through the main gate of Pentridge. I was always very polite to the visitors and showed them respect, even though I knew some of the notorious hard arses that they were visiting!….I used to find it quite sad on Prison contact visit days, the endless que of ordinary mothers, sisters, brothers etc, that had to be scanned and searched by me, because this was the most common way the contraband was coming into Pentridge. And my role was to try and prevent trafficking of prohibited articles, getting past the main gates!…. But I have to say, this was never fully preventable and many things did, unknowing to me at this time, would have got past me and into Pentridge! But I did find and confiscate many illegal contraband also! And I now know that Corrupt Prison Officers and Professional Visits also were the way the Drugs and foreign items were smuggled into pentridge. And this is still happening in the Modern Jails like H.M.Barwon and other Victorian Prison Today, by bent Screws and Prison Visitors. The modern day screws are just more equipped than what the Pentridge Screws were at finding things, because they have all this modern detection equipment that can better find drugs, weapons and contraband, Also the Prison Dog Squads are foolproof, when it comes to drug detection in and out of the modern Prisons! The Drug Dogs have a scent for drug smuggling, and even the Corrupt Screws woud find it hard to smuggle items now into the High Security Jails………One day on the B.Divison gate Rodney Wilson , while I was being distacted, by his brothers, ripped a roof heater from above the security gate main cage into the reception area of B.Division. This was all the screws had to keep them warm, standing watch outside the division. And Pentridge was always bloody freezing in the winter. And after Rod Wilson pinched and smashed up the heater, they didn’t replace it, and I had to freeze my arse off, because of him! Ha, Ha!………Also one night on night on 2nd Watch or nightshift, the bloody B.Division Bad Boys, decided to all bang up on their cells, while some of them, blocked their toilet and flood out their cells and this then flooded out the whole bloody B.Division Tiers or main cell blocks, and if this was enough, the then started setting fire to their matresses and smoke was all through B.Divison. What a bloody mess this was! On another occasion the B.Division inmates decided to start a riot in the B.Division Mess Hall, and us Screws had to run for our bloody lives through the top tier tower gate and barricade our selves from a 90 very angry crims on a riot!…. This still haunts me to this day. I come so close to not get through the gate, and getting it locked behind me. I come very close to not being able to escape from them on their angry rampage!……. B.Division was worst the H.Division, as all the inmates just all wandered around the division, and the ratio of Screws was sometimes only less than 10 Prison Officers to a ratio of more than 90 Prisoners. And Prisoners were mostly very dangerous and had nothing to lose. After where else was there in Pentridge that was worst than B.Division?….nowhere, even H.Division was safer, because the Dangerous Prisoners were always locked up down the slot in Solitary Confinement, and there was always 5, well built Screws down there to one high security Prisoner and there were only on average 24 Inmates at any time in H.Division. whereas in B.Division it was always overcrowed and held sometimes over110 Prisoners to 10 Screws. And in A.Division, more than 150 Prisonsers to 12 Screws. Some times a riot just waiting to happen!………….No wonder I still have nightmares about H.M.Pentridge. One day in A.Division a Female Prison Officer was dragged into a cell and raped!… And a Prison Officer was charged at and bashed and stabbed, he was lucky to have survived that, and their lives were ruined, both physically and mentally !………Pentridge was a violent place, not just for the Prisoners, but just as dangerous to the Prison Officers. And for all this, after our service, we got no service medals or any crimes compensation for our service to the Country, managing and protecting the community most dangerous prison inmates in Australia at that time in H.M.Pentridge. If a Aussie serves their country in a foreign overseas war torn posting, they qualify for a service medal, but as a serving Prison Officer, the stresses and danger in these hell hole prisons were and still are just as dangerous and uncertain on our patrols and watches, and though we were not stepping on land mines, or being shot at, the ever present danger of riots and attacks on us in our out numbered situations of dangerous angry prisoner out bursts on us, and the constant verbal and physical abuse thrown at us, like you fucking dog, maggot etc, we had to cop it all. That is why many of us retired or left the Prison Service, because of the constant abuse, and many of us former screws, has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Mental Health Issues, that haunt us through Flash backs and constant nightmares! Once a screw leaves the Prison Service, they are forgotten about. And we were often very good brave dedicated serving Prison Officers trying to do a tough job to earn a living in a horrible hostile place of human hatred and a environment that we just were not tough enough to endure and just got burnt out, by the brutal prison system which nervous breakdowns, and made some Prison Officer turn to alcoholics and some even Committed Suicide! We just could not take any more of the shit that inmates and the Corruption in the Prisons breed!…..Most , probably even all of us Former Prison Officers come out the other side of Her Majesties Prison Service, very mentally damaged and changed people, much the same as a military combat war veteran. But us Former Screws have no where to turn to with our mental health PTSD symptoms, and just keep it bottled up within our selves……………. Well I might go and have a drink of Jimmy Beam, for a night cap! Ha, Ha!……..I had a dream the other night that I was working in H.Division with the ghost of my past. 25 years since I left Pentridge, and I still have bloody nightmares about the place!…….The place fucked me up in the head, that’s for sure!……………

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    • Yep your Fred alright.. so you remember the Jim Beam incident ay? I wrote my version of events in verse as a bit of artistic embellishment, but it still goes like this… There was a batch of new recruits, That joined the penal staff, By the time they done the six weeks course, This group was down by half.. For, they only picked the brightest ones, Now, I heard this from a source, that most of them are dingalings, Cant do a third grade course.. Well one bloke ‘that’ did make it, was a screw wth a great big head, So the prisoners all decided, That he’s nick named Warder Fred!.. Now, on his first day after schoolin’, Fred was posted at some gates, While the only blokes he lets straight through, Would be his Warder mates.. “Fred, for every crim that goes through here, You have to search and pat, To check what’s in their pockets, Don’t forget to look underneath their hat”.. Soon, a prisoner, did approach these gates, The slyest bloke Fred ever saw, Who’s waist was bulging at the belt, Why, its contraband for sure.. “Raise ya arms sport, while I frisk ya, ‘Cos the rules clearly state, That I must search every convict bloke, that passes through this gate”.. Fred found a bottle in his belt, “Now as a servant of the Queen!. Ya must tell me who the owner is”. So the prisoner said “Jim Beam”.. Next. Fred produced his note book, Then in letters bold and large, He wrote; then told the prisoner, “Your mate Jim is on a charge.” This prisoner took a real deep breath, Then whistled through his teeth, He walked away and shook his head, Gave a grunt of disbelief.. While Fred, he stood there with a grin Thinkin’ “Strewth! this jobs a cinch, Why, I’ve only been here half an hour- And Jim Beam is me first pinch.. I wouldn’t take it to heart that Keithy Faure called you a Dog. even though he’s killed a few, he’s even killed a vampire. and for free, even hit his own kick for $1500 to sling some jacks. I have to ask you, how benevolent is he?? I’ve heard he’s picked up this bad habit of sniffing your arse before he says hello to you these days.. “cant believe in any one any more” Binsey’s just got another 18 years to lay around the pool, hoping to get lucky and a screw might suck his cock. Choppers dead, that aint a bad thing.. David Prideax, once asked me if I wanted to be in on a business venture that involved trapping kangaroos in nth east victoria and training them to pull carts and buggies for transportation in third world countrys. and as a tourist attraction in all the major tourism centres. Southbank, Darling Harbour, Gold Coast,etc. the area Dave told me about where he wanted to catch the roo’s was heavily infested with Drop Bears, which of course immediately swayed me away from being involved.. So you could imagine my shock when I heard of his disappearance.. but, no mystery, if the Drop Bears haven’t got him, have a look around the tourist hot spots for a bloke with trained kangaroos that pull a cart to take tourists for spin. Well, Fred, bye for now..

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  61. Thanks for your frank and interesting comments here.
    Two questions. 1. What did you make of Craig Minogue? What was he like then, and what do you make of his transformation since then?
    2. There are suggestions that H Division should be torn down for housing. Do you think it should be bulldozed as a place of horror, or kept as a museum type place?
    All the best.

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  62. Former H.Division Prisoners will disagree with this, and I fully understand, H.Division Pentridge was once a hell hole and brutal place of mind games, torture, suicides, bashings by the screws, and even stories of murder!………But I Myself from a historical point of view, don’t think it should ever be demolished, for a modern development roadway and multi story town houses to be built on the site, As the Pentridge Property developers have announced on 28 May 2014. – The Old Pentridge H.Division may be on the most valuable sought after real estate part of Pentridge , that has not yet been developed, but it would be a crime and tragic historical loss for this last surviving relic and chapter of Victoria and Australia brutal penal history to be knocked down and lost forever because of Property developers losing their money investments over the non development of this historic prison site…………. It is a sacred site in Pentridge, even though is was, once a hell on earth brutal place of incarceration and a place of death, violence, torture and untold misery! …… It still must be protected from being demolished or built over!……Only a small part of The Old Melbourne Gaol, still survives, and its past was even more brutal than Pentridge Prisons. And more of it should have been preserved, only one of the main cell blocks and main gate remain and this part is now preserved for all time by The National Trust and Historic governance of Heritage Victoria, and must remain a museum for tourists to enjoy a brief experience of early draconian Victorian bluestone gaols!………..
    And the same heritage and historic protection should be in force, for the most famous division, cell blocks still remaining on the Pentridge site. ……. Build the town house some place else, not on H.Division.. It must remain a place where tourist can still visit the horrors of Cell Block H, or The Slot….. It must not be just remembered as a photograph!..The survival of the old H.Division block is as important as the Penal Colonies of Historic – Port Arthur in Tasmania, and the remains of The Fremantle, Maitland, Boggo Road, Parramatta, Long Bay , Castlemaine, Bendigo, Beechworth and Grafton Gaols, to name just a few, that are preserved for all time for the tourism of Australias Prison past!…………………….Its bad enough H.M.Pentridge was closed down in the first place, and already much of it has been knocked down and built over with flash housing constructions, and modern high rise buildings!……..So at least preserve the little bit of this heritage Prison site that still remains intact !………………………..So much history will be loss otherwise. Pentridge Prisons remains are as important as Ned Kelly, many of Australias worst criminals were locked up in H.Division Hard Labour Yards, many of its untold stories have been lost forever!…… It must be saved from modern development!……………………………………………………

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  63. Sorry Mark, I haven’t responded to your question, there are so many topics on Aussie Criminals to write about at the moment, with the Rodger Rodgerson case and all the others!…….Anyway Mark as you would already be aware that Craig Slim Minogue was locked up for a vey long time and is due out on Parole soon, an his co-offenders, his Brother Rodney who was later found in court, Not Guilty, and Stanley Brian Taylor, giving a life- never to be released prison sentence as the planner of the Terrorist bombing and Peter Reed also later found Not Guilty and for, I wont bother writing about all their involvements in The Russell Street Victoria Police Headquaters bombing and The murder of Police Constable Angela Taylor in 1986, as it can all be watched in great detail on Youtube……………..When I was in a Prison Officer in H.Division in 1989, Craig Minogue had just committed the jailhouse bashing murder of Mass Murderer Alex Tsasmarkis, it he had ambushed in the H.Division prisoners laundry, and smashsd his head in to a pulp with some weight lifting weights in a pillow case… Apparently Craig Minogue struck first and killed Alex Tsasmarkis before he killed Craig Minogue first. Craig Minogue was even back in 1988, a very big solid inmate, which is why he got the nickname Slim, and so the damage he inflicted on Alex Tsasmarkis was horrible. But in a place like H.Division was, where the worst of the worst were held separate from the mainstream of Pentridge. These horrible inmates were the end of the line, and killing their fellow rival prisoners in battles of anything and everything was common place. Alex Tsasmarkis was a very evil violent criminal, who once poured flammable glue over another Murderer Barry Quinn in High Security Unit Jika Jika,, so he was put back into H.Division. But it would of only been a matter of time before he could of killed another prisoner, because he was always a none stone cold killer of any one he had disagreement with!….Tsasmarkis was a suspect and a person of interest in other un-solved murders, before he went to jail, and so his next victim was to another notch to his list of killings and to target a high profile inmate like Craig Minogue and Juilian Knight. But Craig Minogue got word in the mail, and being forward is forearmed, that Alex Tsasmarkis was as out to kill him, and the rest is now history, he got another 28 years to be served concurrent., but he wasn’t going to take any shit from Alex Tsasmakis!.. So caved his head in good and proper, and the only way Alex Tsasmarkis was to ever leave H.Division Pentridge and the Laundromat, was very dead in blood soaked clothes!………….. But as bad s Craig Minogues Police murder bombing crime was, he did the world a very good service by murdering Alex Tsasmarkis, who was a natural born killer. and had once been a businessman who just murdered innocent people before he was sentenced to Pentridge……No Prisoners ever turned their back on him either, and rhat included Mark Chopper Read. Alex Tsasmakis was a very dangerous man, both in n out of jail!… And their are still Cold Case, unsolved murders with his name on them!……….. In H.Division Craig Minogue was well behaved and didn’t break any prison rules, and he was good cell mates in the H.Division exercise yards with the H.Division trusted billet Mark Chopper Read and Juilian Knight. They both provided protection for the then young Hoddle Street Clifton Hill massacre, crazy murder!…….But when Mark Chopper Read was released from H.Division Pentridge , Juilian Knight was moved to J.Division, long term prisoners mainstream unit division, and he was to become a target, with no one looking our for him, except the Faraday Kidnapper Ted Eastwood and serial murderer Paul Steven Haigh, and so without Mark Chopper Read and Craig Minogue as body guards looking after him…. Juilian Knight was a dead man walking in Pentridge, and even a pistol had been thrown over the bluestone walls for a prisoner to shoot him!………Juilian Knight was very quickly moved to H.M.Barwon Maximum Security Prison for his own protection, but he was in danger their also, and was moved to H.M.Port Phillp Maximum Security Prison A very interesting combination of inmates, if ever there could be in a maximum security prison. A notorious crazy standover man, a crazy massacre mass murderer and a Police Killer and intelligen Terrorist. come jail lawyer!….. Bu that’s the strange mix you can expect to find in a supermax prison!………………
    I never had any incidences or problems with Craig Minogues behaviour, he seemed to just do his time, and years later had got himself highly educated in jail, I think he has a Phd, and is a professor of some qualification, and he was always one of the jailhouse Lawyers…I didn’t like Craig Minogues Brother Rodney Minogue, he was a Armed Robber, and was later on found Not Guilty of the Police Killing and was released from Pentridge. Rodney was a real smart arse and a heavy crim towards me, and looked real mean, he was a muscly built and was high up in the gangs of Pentridge violent armed robbers. He used to mouth off at me when I worked in A.Division Pentridge.
    A far as Craig Minogue goes, I never had anymore to do with him, and he was ln the 1990,s moved to H.M.Barwon Maximum Security Prison. ……………….. But to me, no matter how much he has rehabilitated and educated himself in jail over his 28 year sentence, I still cant stand him, for his involvement as the driver of the bomb car in the Russell Street Police Bombing, that also resulted in the cold blooded murder of a innocent Police Officer Angela Taylor. I wouldn’t care if he was never let out of prison, the same as I believe Juilian Knight should never be released from prison….Both there crimes were so heinous, that no sentence can be to high, or harsh, and that they must continue to serve life in jail! ……..Craig Minogue will possibly be granted Parole because of his good behaviour in prison for the last 28 years, in the near future. His 28 years is nearly up!………. It would be a shame if the Government let this property developer knock down H.Division, It has a violent , notorious history, but so does The Old Melbourne Gaol and Port Arthur Convict Gaol… It is a surviving bluestone building of our last Victorian Prison Heratage, and should be protected and restored at all cost, and made into a museum of our savage prison past. To much of Pentridge Prison has been altered or lost by the modern developments. The last surviving buildings should be left alone!………………….Cheers, Mark- Hope this was of some interest to you. Regards Steve…………………………………..

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  64. Steve,
    You’ve done a great service on this (very long) page. It is extraordinary to think of you having to keep that mob in line. For all that, H Div sounds lik a chilling place. I know there is a big housing development there now but I woudl never want to live there.
    All best and thanks for sharing your memories. Mark.

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  65. “MISERY PART OF HISTORY”……………….
    This is a letter written in The Sunday Herald Sun : 50/50…..On Sunday 9 June 2014 by Professor Michael Hamel- Green, from Victoria University………….Is..Asking the Government of Victoria and Heritage Victoria, to intervene, stop and save and protect the historic buildings of H.DIVISION PENTRIDGE from being lost forever to development by its owner a Property Developer who wants to demolish it for a roadway and high rise apartment blocks on and near the H.DIVISION Site in The last remains of the old H.M.Pentridge Gaol !……………….
    HERITAGE – listed PENTRIDGE H.DIVISION, the 160 – year – old punishment block that housed some of Victoria’s most notorious prisoners, including Ronald Ryan and “Chopper” Read, is to be demolished.
    The developer wants to build an access road for apartment blocks that will overshadow the western side of the old Pentridge Gaol in Coburg.
    It looks like getting the nod from Heritage Victoria and the State Government due to a loophole in the Heritage Act that allows heritage buildings to be pulled down if keeping them “causes undue financial hardship to the owner”.
    Some might ask: Why try to save H.DIVISION ?…..
    Because these bluestone walls are more than just stone. They have
    stories to tell, of bad and good. The astonishing skills of the stonemasons who first built the walls.
    The compassion of prison chaplains who reached out to even the worst offenders . Individuals who against the odds found forms of redemption .
    Stories of people like hardware shop owner Frank Penhalluriack who went to Pentridge for opening on a Sunday and paved the way for the Sunday trading we now enjoy.
    Just as Tasmania preserved Port Arthur , Victoria should do the same for Pentridge,
    rather than let its memories and meanings be buried in the rubble.
    Michael Hamel – Green was a H.M.Pentridge Prision Probation Officer in the 1960,s and is a long time resident of Coburg…………………………….

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  66. ”H.DIVISION SITE AT OLD H.M.PENTRIDGE GAOL SITE MUST BE PRESERVED FOR HISTORY REASONS”!…..As Important is The last Remains of The old Bluestone H.M. Melbourne Gaol , is the last historic remaining part of H.M.Pentridge Prison – The H.DIVISION Punishment Block – To be Demolished should not be an option, and should not be allowed by Heritage Victoria and the Victorian State Government who should intervene and protect the last surviving historic buildings of the once H.M.Pentridge Gaol. H.DIVISION must never be knocked down and preserved at any cost for future tourism and the benefit of interested people that would like to tour the remains of this once Heritage Listed place of notorious criminal punishment and of hard labour whereby
    H.DIVISION was used for Solitary Confinement with the Breaking of Rocks and a brutal regime of Corporal Punishment by the Cat O Nine Tails and Batons, using the most harsh of prisoner punishment possible by hardened brutal Warders of the strictest enforced discipline and torture on incorrigible inmates from The Pentridge Separation yards with Punishment Division attached to A.DIVISION, from 1854 to 1958 and from the then fortified to Maximum High Security extended and modified part of H.M.Pentridge and newly named H.Division Punishment Block in 1958 to 1975 and H.Division High Security Unit from 1975 to 1997 when it closed down!……. The last place of brutal Penal Punishment and Solitary Confinement for prisoner management in a old Bluestone and brick Victorian Historic Prison dating back to the last of the convict days in Victorian History !………………………..Save ……H.DIVISION…………………………………

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    • If u took a poll from the ex cons who were there they’d say Blow the fuken joint up, with the sadistic screws who murdered people there,

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  67. Yes, Bill, I fully understand yours and other former Pentridge and former H.Division Prisoners wanting the place blown up. The place has a very brutal and corrupt past, and I would be the first to agree with that. But it is also a last surviving piece of colonial Victorian penal bluestone building history, even if it was once hated by the inmates and screws who lived and breathed Pentridge…… And like any and all institutions of hard habour and human punishment, like the United States brutal harsh Alcatraz Island and Federal Penitentiary and all the many other well known horrors of Australias Convict past, places like H.M.Pentridge Gaol, including it worst place of brutal torture and in human place of punishment and human sufferings by sadistic Prison Officers, such as the H.Division Punishment cells and ys once feared as theyonce were by the inmates. But these prison brutalities and mass beatings of Corporal Punishment on a large scale took place also took place in The Old H.M.Melbourne Gaol, as well as Hangings, like in 1880 where Ned Kelly brutalised and later hung and his remains buried in D.Division Pentridge. It was all very brutal times but is also important history. As important as a preservation of the D.Division Gallows, and Ned Kelly’s Armour. Pentridge H.Division is a surviving remainder of Victoria’as long past regime of tough Prison reform or inhuman convict conditions of crime and punishment from the last century. And there is the other brutal places noe protected in Victoria, the brutal H.M.Castlemaine, Geelong and Beechworth, Bendigo, Ararat J.Ward Criminal Lunatic Asylum , and the remains of Ballarat Gaol, Broadmeadows bluestone lock-up, Castlemaine granite lockup- Bendigo sandstone and granite Police lock-up , these were as well places used on prisoners for the purpose of Solitary Confinement, hardships, starvations, floggings- bashings and hard labour and un-told violence. And the remains of all these H.M.Prisons buildings will remain to be Heritage Protected, for tourism for interest historians and people that like to tour and visit these gloomy places of old days imprisonment……..And more so now as the comfortable modern prisons are totally disconnected to the likes of H.M.Pentridge Gaol and its H.Division Punishment Block.
    One of the most eerie places in Australia to visit Bill, The original Convict settlements of Port Arthur and Sarah Island Macquirie Harbour- Hells Gates, Tasmainia, many thousands of tourists visit every year to these convict sites. Then there is, The Old Russell Street – H.M. Melbourne Gaol,built in 1830- which was used in conjunction with and before H.M.Pentridge Prison was built in 1854, up until 1994, and with the Old Melbourne Gaol was the draconian harsh Russell Street City Watch House Police Cells, which were also a Hell Hole, and these have been looked after and preserved as places of Victorian Heritage and today even have make believe pubic court cases and public tourist lock-ups for the tourists to experience old methods of incarceration and being locked in a city lock up cell for a short time. Tourists and students flock to this old Gaol in large number to get a very brief experience of the Penal past, there is even a fake crew of Police and Prison Officers, that treat the tourists in a mildly speaking, harsh way, to make the short lock- up seem real. The same is done at Tasmanias Port Arthur Convict Gaol……………….So this is the only reason, what is left of H.Division Rock breaking Punishment yards and the High Security cell blocks, need to be historically protected from being demolished and a modern development of penthouses being built on this brutal past of a site. So it remains as a reminder to all present and future visitors to the Old H.M.Pentridge Site, that this was a place of Hard Labour and very hard brutal punishment and imprisonment………….I have even heard that some former Pentridge Prisoners and Screws have volunteered to give realistic tours of the notorious H.Division, and every now and then, there is a theatre company, that does a acted play of Former H.Division Prisoner Ray Mooneys experiences of H.Division in 1968. The Play is called Everynight- Evernight,- , of which their is also a movie starring the late Australian legend actor Bill Hunter, which he very well shows the part of a Old H.Division Basher Screw, when the H.Division Bash was still in vogue. ……….Ex Pentridge Prisons may loathe or hate this, but it is remembering the true life story or events of what brutal harsh Her Majesties : H.Division Pentridge was really like in the the 1960,s and 1970,s……………….Many Former inmates will hate every bit of Pentridge, and will never want to set foot in it ever again, but many also would like it to be persevered for all time, myself being one of them. for all future Australians to visit- witness and be in awe of its draconian harsh past…….. It must still must be saved, not destroyed by rich Property Developers to build ugly rich high rise apartments all over the site. The Property Developers have removed so much of H.M.Pentridge already, the little bit that is left has to be protected from more development!………..

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    • yea Steve I know where u’r coming from. i went into the met D about 2009 had a look it gave me the creeps used as wine storage then, the bloke that worked there took me in so much he didn’t know about the place. the gallows were gone but I showed him where it was was. I couldn’t get out of the place quick enough sent shivers thru me just being there. u know some times the past is better left. it just makes me sick they got away with what they did. take this on board a lot of the crims went in as ordinary people came out as violent because of how they were treated. its the animal instinct in us all. they created the monsters in a lot of ways. no system is perfect but that was down right wrong. u treat people like an animal and they’ll react like one .i seen a bloke hit a screw in a epileptic fit they sent him down the slot for a month like u got to be kidding 1968 J yogs. back then bank robbery was 12 to 15 yrs. murder life average over 20 now half that, looks like they going backwards.

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  68. “GOODBYE HISTORY”
    This a letter written in The Herald Sun newspaper 50/50- Your Say page- on Tuesday june 10 2014, by Mr C.Strachan, Oakleigh South.
    I AM so very disappointed but not surprised that Pentridge H-Division is to be demolished.
    Why is it developers have priority on decisions made over our fast – disappearing historical
    buildings? Another piece of history is to make way for an access road.
    Beautiful Art Deco Lonsdale House in the CBD went for the same reason.
    Cities like New York once went down this path , realised their mistakes and now cherish their historical buildings .
    Once gone, they can never be replaced.
    Thankyou Mr C.Strachan and Professor Michael Hamel- Green for your concerns to try and stop this outrageous property developer in his and his companies now valuable sort after property portfolio of the last remaining parts of the original Her Majesties – H.M. Pentridge Gaols Historic last surviving buildings and this out of touch with history – Property Developers attempt at fast tracking Heritage Victorias loopholes to allowing H.Division to be quickly demolished on the grounds of developers” Hard ship” just like they rushed and very quickly did with all of the J.Division prison wing, now all gone!….Which once cost the Victorian Liberal Government Tax-Payers Millions of dollars to construct and build in the 1960,s and 1970,s, and now quickly knocked down by Whelan The Wrecker – without any regard to the community here say and no objections from the Conservatives – Dennis Napthine /Peter Ryan – run State Liberal/National Coalition Government – no intervention. and quickly fast tracked before a State Election in 2014!……..”.J.DIVISION ” knocked down on YOUTUBE. Its just a crime what Heritage Victoria and the Napthine State Liberal/National Government are allowing to be done to the last surviving remains of the impressive stonemason, craftsman Victorian Era Bluestone and brick fortified last bastions of the 1950,s & 1960,s hard labour yards of -H.M.Pentridge , simply to build a easy access road to the developer upmarket high rise apartment penthouses……. No to any more Pentridge being destroyed by developers and built over its historic remains!…………..Heritage Victoria’s job to the people of the public is to preserve and protect our most important historic buildings for all time , not to do a money deal with Property Developers hardships that are stopping them from building high rise modern buildings which destroy places of public history for ever!…….
    This should have been pointed out in the first instance by “Heritage Victoria” to the cashed up- incoming ” Property Developers “as a caveat for the permanent protection of all Public Historic Gaol Buildings, to be untouched or for restored only- as part of the conditions of sale of these valuable public lands sold of by the make a fast buck conservatives of the Liberal/National Coalition State Government before they were sold the valuable H.M.Pentridge Prison Site!
    The same was once done to San Francisco,s Alcatraz Island Federal Penitentiary , nearly lost forever, but luckly most of it was saved and is now a popular historic Tourist Attraction, famous all over the World by Holiday makers!………………………H. Division and H.M.Pentridge Gaol last remains are Australias ” Alcatraz ” with just as brutal and notorious a reputation of is very long penal history and untold stories of prison murder, violence, beatings and solitary depraved conditions to its many inmates since 1854 up to 1997 !……..Former Pentridge H-Division Prison Officer Steve Dennis, one of the last H-Division Prison Officers serving in H.M.Pentridge Prison……

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  69. Year Bill , Pentridge would have been a tough hell hole in your time in the 1960,s and 1970,s, and I respect you, for hating every memory of the place. I don’t know if you ever saw the ABC Doco on Four Corners made in 1973, called Doing Time in Pentridge. It showed interviews with a young Chris Flannery, Joey Hamilton, Paul Brennan, Peter Walker, Stanley Brian Taylor, Ken Ashman, Harold Peckman who was doing a 50 year sentence and Bill O,Mearly the last man in Pentridge legally sentenced to a flogging with the Cat O nine tails and years in the then new 1958 H.Division Labour yards. And some of these now notorious prisoners after H.Division went on to commit the worst crimes from Police murder to rent A Kill hitman, started out as thieves and armed robbers and ended up committing some of the worst murders. This film also showed interviews on the early
    J.Division Young Offenders Dorms, . With Pentridge Governor George Crim . I lost a copy of this film, unfortunately on the old video tape, erased by accident. And haven’t been able to locate a copy of it since, as the 1970,s ABC, also copied over and reused their master tape back then. Also in 1988, The ABC Four Corners did a excellent four part Doco on Australian Prisons including Pentridge and H.Division, – called Out Of Sight And Out Of Mind, with serving prisoners and D.Division Governor Dick Donovan, talking about H.Division and Grafton Gaol and Katingal at Long Bay talking about the brutality and the systematic bashing by the screws. where they treated prisoners as less than human. And often the inmates used to slice of their ears off and swallow crosses of metal wrapped in a rubber band, that opened up in their guts,in desperation and got them and got transferred to a hospital, just the same as H.Division prisoner Mark Chopper Read, was only a young offender in his time in the slot, this was the only way they could protest at the brutal screws, by self mutilations. This film I have not been able to get hold of a copy either, as it was only on video tape also. If I could I would put it on Aussie Criminals or Youtube………………… Anyway this one of the reasons , apart from being a former screw, that I personally have a great interest in the nearly lost Australian and Victorian Pentridge Gaol History. And one only has to go into the city of Melbourne on any day, and see how many young and old people are fascinated by the real life experience of the Old Melbourne Gaol, and the same with Port Arthur it is a tourist mecca. And H.M.Pentridge had so much in common with these old prison hell holes.
    And I think it would be a great loss for people that have never been in a jail to never get the chance to experience the darkest place of imprisonment that H.M.Pentridge – H.Division Punishment Unit once was!……. Cheers Bill, thanks for sharing your time and thoughts of the Pen !………………………………….

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    • Correction! when Bill O’meally was flogged he wasn’t the last ,Jack Taylor was also flogged they escaped together. Jack went in doing 5yrs finished up with 15yrs Jack was a top bloke. a very likeable fellow,I knew him on the outside had many a beer with him, he died of a heart attack years ago. Jack never went back inside, A lot of the old school, school of hard knocks were good blokes.their was a saying ‘ask no questions u’ll be told no lies’

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    • I was in Fremantle a few years ago walked past the old Freo goal they were having tours I couldn.t get myself to go in and look. those places depress me knowing the misery and torture that people suffered. that’s just me everybody to their own Don’t get me wrong some deserve to be locked up forever. For me it’s bad luck to volunteer to walk into a prison let alone pay for the priviledge I think u’d know where I’m coming from. did it once at the Met that was enough.

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  70. Cheer Bill , it is to great to hear first hand accounts from you bill, much appreciated on your recollections of the old school blokes that did hard time will Bill O,Mearly.in H.Division. It must be very hard for you to talk about What the basher screws did and got away with to Bill and Jack Taylor in those times, is just as shocking to me as a Pentridge Prison Officer. Not all of us screws were like these brutal basher killers. No wonder you don’t like going near a prison anymore. I saw brutality from what prisoners inflicted on other prisoners and knew of a few Officers that did still did hand out the bash, covertly and unofficially out of sight from other Prison Officers that they did not trust. A few post 1970,s Screws still kept their jobs, working in non prisoner contact, in towers and security squads and so on! But the H.Division bash was still in vogue and alive out of sight and out of mind by a few in the Slot, but it was a very secret club of a few hand picked well tempered- hardened solid built hard screws, and was never made public amongst General duties Officers. Im talking about H.Division in the post Jenkinson Pentridge inquiries, that had had drove the bash way underground in a code of secrecy within H.Division Officers in a code of silence during the 1980,S and 1990,s. I know who they all were, but Im not going to name them here, it wouldnt be a good thing for me to do here, if you no what Im saying. I never liked them back when I was a screw and to think they became two faced and now are nice to modern prisoner says a lot about these kind of men!………, As some of them now hold the most senior Officer Governor ranks in Corrections Victoria, and in fact have removed their spots and became do-gooders instead of Dogs!…. Would you believe that Bill. But going back to the real old dark ages of H.Division post 1958, and I know I would of never lasted a week in Pentridge Gaol, back then when The Black Prince and his goon squad of seniors and P.O. ruled the H. Torture Chamber and Bash House of Murder and Prisoner Suicides and mind games Breaking the Prisoners……. From 1950,s up to the 1970,s. Many of those Screws from that time were sadist bastards with out a doubt. Much like the Nazis in the Gestapo Germany. They even wore the Black button up tunics and all black uniforms back then, with the small silver Penal Department badge on the dark black-blue peak cap. It is from these dark ages, that I can understand why ex Pentridge prisoners were changed for the worst on their release from jail. I can remember old people saying that you can always tell a man had done time in Pentridge Gaol.
    Poor old Ronald Ryan was one of these men, and he was very well respected by Pentridge Prisons most senior Governor, who became close friend with Ronnie Ryan when he was in H.Division before he was to later hang. Prisoners of todays breed of violence are nothing like the old school crims, And as you say bill, some never even considered reoffending, their jail time changed them and really did reform these old time men, that didn’t have their minds destroyed by the once brutal regime of before 1975 Pentridge H.Division. Correct me if I wrong , but Bill O,mealLy was put in H.Division for the term of his natural life after he was convicted with the murder of a Copper., while he was on the run. I once had a book written by Bill O,Meally that he wrote himself in Pentridge, called The Man They Couldn’t Break…… But I gave to another Prison Officer and never got it back…… Anyway Cheers Bill, take care, thanks for the piece on Jack Taylor. I had a Uncle Jack Taylor who lived in Marbinong Melbourne in the 1950,s and 1960,s, he was a nice bloke, but had a hidden past and there was something about him that had gone on in his life that had made him very hard, and he didn’t tlk about it. He died of a heart attack in about 1977, from memory. I reckoned he had done time in the old days Pentridge.

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    • no Bill O’meally wasn’t pinched for shooting the cop on the run. they escaped from B div after he was convicted of the cop killing. he was loaded on that he all ways protested his innocence for the cop. look on the net about Bill u’ll see an extract from a couple of books I read them an I’m convinced he was innocent after reading some of the bullshit evidence they used and got away with. the homicide squad back then was full of fat, drunken, lazy, useless, slobs. Bill’s wife swore he was home at bon beach when the cop was shot. the cop lived in the same area as him but never named him as the shooter before he died. I think one of the homicide cops involved was Bluey Adams convicted with jack Ford an Jacobson in 1971 over extorting money from illegal back yard abortionists.[abortion inquiry] they got 5yrs jail. a lot of things haven’t changed either. good talking to u steve.

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  71. Thanks Bill- so much for your interesting factual account of how Bill O’Meally was loaded up by those old days Corrupt Victorian Coppers. I think I agree fully with you, these bent old Coppers were good at framing Criminals that they had it in for, and the old H.Division Basher screws were even worse. I always suspected that Bill O,meally was innocent of Police Murder. After all those horrible H.Division Torturer Screws had done to try and break poor Bill over his horrendous years in the slot, in his 1973 interview he woud have so much hatred in him from the H.Division labour yards brutality, by his talked like a real gentleman. When I first saw this Four Corners interview long before I was to become a Prison Officer, I always felt sorry for him, he did not seem bad like some of the bad crims were. For Example take Derek Percy and I cant remember his name, another crim, you would know him Bill, – he was a sadist child killer that was spared the Death Penalty while Ronald Ryan was later hanged, Premier Henry Bolte…………
    Any way Bill, The Rodger Rodgerson case just shows the system is rotten to the bloody core, and always has been in one form or another!
    Cheers Bill. I know its probably hard for you mate, to many bad memories, and injustices by some of the brute screws. But you should write about your memories of your time in Pentridge and French Island – include the names of the Officers, if you don’t mind, most of them would be dead now anyway. Did you know Doug Robinson in 1968, he has wrote a book like former H.Division -Hell Division, and how the corrupt Victorian Prison system punished him. After all of Chopper Reads Books of truth and bullshit he wrote , some maybe true, mostly probably fiction, but all the bloody same a interesting read of more than 12 books. At least your accounts of prison experience is the way it really was, warts and all, and very little is written on the subject, from your time Bill .. I think many of the Aussie Criminal Community would be honoured to read your times of Pentridge Gaol, in your day. I don’t know of any surviving inmate or Prison Officers from Pentridge in 1968, that can still tell what pentridge was like in the late 1960,s to the mid 1970,s……….But Doug Robinsons book is a bloody eye opener, as was Bill O,Meally book., back in the times of “On The Cross”…… Better than any best seller!……………..Cheers!…………………….

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    • the 1 who beat the noose before Ron was the Hawthorn Vicerage murderer [TAIT] was his name after that there was I think his name was Ryler or some thing similar. bloody long time ago mate .he murdered and raped a little girl at Burnley they found her body beside the Yarra .he also murdered and raped a young woman or teenager walking home from work near Rrippenlea rail station .cant put my finger on her name at the moment .Robbo may have a better idea how to excess it being familiar with the press. also I’m not in Australia i’m living in the Philippines at the moment won’t be back in oz till early next year.so the nets my only news iv got access to. Doug R it rings a bell but a very common name .their was a couple of Robinson or Robertsons on the island both were older than me I was about 22-24 so they’d be pretty old now if still alive. The screws ‘ Mckay’ a nice bloke I ran into him when I got out I shook his hand.’ Frenchy’ a gentleman. ‘Jackson’ a senior OK ‘Doceray’ OK. the rest of them very ordinary [ Knowles] fat useless prick ‘Strang’ an arsehole when he wanted to be was pinch happy like [insulan what a load up that crap was .a few others cant put a name to them 40 odd years ago now. if u google pentridge escapes u’ll see a list but not all there .like I do agree with u not all screws were bad but the good one’s were few and far between. I was long gone by the time u joined did the last 9mnths at wron-wron 1975 did 3yrs 9 mnths realised they can stick that up their arse no more.i did that over somebody elses stupidity wrong place wrong person at the wrong time, but not making excusses for myself, young and stupid with miss judged loyalty .that’s life, cant say it was fun tho;.not too many know about my past, leave it there! where it belongs.when u’v been in boys homes from 13 it’s a recepee for disaster till u wake up unfortuneatly some don’t. cheers Steve

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      • Keith George Ryrie was sentenced to hang for raping & murdering 6 year old Rhonda Margaret Irwin. The sentence was commuted to 50 years with a 26 year minimum. He was released in 1993.

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        • thanks Serendipity! That’s it, the dogs name, I was close, they should have strung that bastard up. what a lot of people forget is the victims got life in a grave.no parole for them. The whole family got life because of that Mongrel. I’ll never forget that crime. I was about 16-17 when that happened. Lets just hope he’s got a miserable existence like DEAD.

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  72. Thanks again Bill, for recalling this, I don’t mean to bring it all back to you. I like your honesty. Can you tell me if that senior screw was a Lindsay Jackson , if this is the same screw he was in D,Division during the Ronnie Ryan hanging, he like Ryan he told me, and used to chat with him, he knew him before he escaped, and was once in H.M.Bendigo and he reckoned he was innocent, but Bolte wanted him to hang. , before Screw Jackson retired, if this is the same bloke, he was a medic in the navy, before he was a screw at Pentridge., and later was a screw at Old Castlemaine Gaol, he was a hospital cleaner just before he died in the early 1990,s, as a joke he used to have H.Division Billet written above his little room and on his floor polishing machine and mop, bucket and broom, he told me he had once worked in H.Division for a while, when Ronald Ryan was in there with Peter Walker, He and Chaplin Bronson used to spend a lot of time with Ronnie Ryan to make sure the screws didn’t mistreat him in his cell but they probably still got to him, although The Pentridge Governor, also liked Ryan, so the basher screws probably were not game to touch him. This screw Jackson told me, he was with him when they later moved him to the Met, D.Division on Death Row, but I don’t know if he was one of them bashers, though he was a pretty hard tough sort of bloke, but who wouldn’t be working in Pentridge in the 60,s. I knew him when I worked with him at a Hospital years ago. He was one of the reasons I became a screw, he told me it was a good secure paying job. So that’s how I come to end up in Pentridge. Properly wasn’t the best job , I ever did, but it was a hell of a eye opener and shock to me anyway, but nothing to in your day, bill…Thanks for the info on TAIT and Rylar and the list of Screws. Its good that this history can be not lost or forgotten. Cheers Again- Steve.

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    • no I doubt if it was the same Jackson, he wasn’t that bog I think he was a 2 pip senior. not a lot of work contact with the crims,.but he was a decent bloke mostly in the office, doing muster ect , he just disappeared never seen him again they wouldn’t tell us nothing. allways wondered why hush hush. 3 died when I was there [drowned] trying to escape to the mainland, poor buggers 2 got drunk on home brew tried to swim found one dody 2 weeks later washed up ID’d him by tattoos on his arm, a crime found him it shook the hell out of him. the other 1 a part skeleton was found washed up on Philip Island years later must have been the other one.,Another hung himself or was hung who know’s Depression can make some people do desperate things. blokes getting dear johns. I got one locked myself in my cell for a week didn’t eat hated the world the chief called me to the office told me I was emotionally disturbed I wouldn.t talk to him about it just nodded .i bottled it up and dealt with it my own way. u see a lot that went down the slot were having pressure from out side girlfriends, wives, kids, some just went off their head, snap.,I came close to escaping but didn’t, i came to my senses.but some don’t. A broken heart is bad enough on the outside, but inside it’s 10 times worse cause everythings out of ur control. I couldn.t blame anybody for my prediciment but myself but u’r not seeing the big picture then. I had a screw asked me if I would talk to a bloke he just got 2 yrs slashed his wrist the same nite. she told him before he went to court if he got jail they were finished she’ll find somebody else.his lawyer told him he’d get a bond. I talked sense to him and he was ok I asked the screw why cant u talk to him he said were not allowed to I said that’s bullshit ,he agreed thanked me later for doing it, nice bloke not often u see them with a bit of compassion. I asked him why me, he said ur level headed, not an idiot like most of them. that was the old Adelaide jail ,i was cutting out traffic fines, ,parking tickets. .Fuken arse holes put a bloke in jail cause he’s doing it a bit tough. Any way I used to have the 6am hot water run 1 morning I slept in this screw seen me standing outside the office in the lane asked me why big tough hard screw but he reckoned I shouldn’t be there he went in the office spoke to the chief came out winked at me he saved me losing 3 days remission.thanked him later of course said be carefull mate, u’v only got a week to go. sorry for rambling off the track a bit there.

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  73. That’s so shocking isn’t it Serendipity that this evil creep – Keith George Ryrie had his death sentence, downgraded to 50 years and further reduced to 26 years, and out in 1993. While Ronald Ryan was quickly hung by Premier Henry Bolte , made an example of Ryan an Hung, and he may have even been innocent, not of escape- but definitely murder. But spared these other creatures from the noose. Even evil Derek Percy was spared the death penalty on the reasons of insanity. He wasn’t insane, he was just evil and bad and very cunning, but at least was still put away for 44 years, before he died in jail. And in the Victorian and the rest of the Australian Prison system now is still full of evil men and child killers, that don’t deserve mercy. The evil Robert Selby Lowe, John Myles Sharpe, Arthur Freeman . Brett Cowen, Harley Hicks, Paul Aiton, Robert Farqurson, Paul Denyer, Peter Dupas. Adrian Bayley, Steven Hunter, Paul Haigh, and so many more. Who could really feel sorry for any of these scumbags. It is these evil men that the death sentence should have,- and still should be be- re-introduced, for, and more than a dozen or so more!. That I can think off from recent times. …The cost of keeping these child killers safe would be a enormous and a bloody fortune. ……..More than enough money in this arse current governments tough budget, razor cuts to better look after our battling low income, homeless, welfare, disability , pensioners, Hospitals and Victims of Crime….. Use the jails for the dangerous criminals to society , like armed robbers, drug dealers, domestic violence, assaults etc, but the real evil crims that can never or don’t deserve to be rehabilitated, just give them all a lethal injection.!………….

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  74. No that’s ok bill, you been through so much shit in stir, I tried not to ever get close or involved with the crims in pentridge, because they could easy manipulated you, into doing then favours, like asking me to bring them in drugs, offering me money, and they would say we can find out where you live, if you don’t help us, and all that kind of standover type attitudes, as these blokes had nothing to lose, it was no skin off there nose if I was caught, or they offended me, they tried this on myself as a younger junior, un- experienced screw, and there were also the cat prisoners that tried to sexually advance on me, that was bloody scary. I used to see these cats raping other younger crims in the cells,, and while patrolling the tiers, they would often , say to me , come in and join us you fucking dog. THIS WAS IN B.Division and A.Division, I new these cats were in for violent rapes, and this is where I really started to be suspicious and un trusting of all the crims, and I really started to hate, them and go out of my way to keep a distance from them, and preferred postings in pentridge of non prisoner contact, with a rifle in the tower, or working on the main gate and security duties. this is why the chiefs, sent me to H.Division, not because, I was a candidate as a good basher, but, they knew I could be trusted to not talk to them or pass drugs, or be nice to the dangerous crims in the slot, and would just watch them with dislike.
    So if you had been in Pentridge, Bill when I was there, I wouldn’t of give you the time of day, and just turned my back on you. That was how a insecure screw kept control of his situation in a dangerous place, with crims that would like to eat me alive. being locked in the tiers with the likes of Keithy George Faure, Christopher Badness Binse, Dane” neo nazi “Sweetman, Steven Hunter, Paul Haigh, Juilian Knight, Greg Brazel, Terry Flannery, Shane Fellows, Ray Kane these were hard men and they hated me as much as I hated them over time, they started to make me a very hard person, and a keep to myself type of hardened screw, I went into Pentridge, young and dumb, friendly and by the end of my tour of duty, I was full of hatred, and very frightened, my personally was starting to change, for the worse, I would and still do have anger management issues, paranoid, insomnia, I started to gamble on the horses as an outlet, but thank goodness like many of the screw, I didn’t turn into a alcoholic or chain smoker and get drunk on duty. But the horrors of Pentridge prisoners violence and sexual behaviours, was burning me out, I tried to just turn off and ignore it, but I couldn’t anymore. I still have horrible nightmares 25 years on about Pentridge. one of my good mates was murdered when he knocked of after his shift and another screw mate, went and drove his car off the bridge near the Coburg 5 post tower. The reason a heavy crim sucked him into bring in drugs and then tried to blackmail him and threaten to have him killed by his contacts outside. Many Pentridge screws, lost the plot, and just cracked up, went crazy, and my family reckon that the place made me go some what crazy. I look back now and I did go crazy, and will stay that way for life, I am on heavy medication now to calm me down, as I can lose my temper, over nothing. Im also ways saying, fucking dog, I have no idea where, I would hve pick that up from. Yeah Fucking Pentridge.
    And from what you tell me Bill, it would be even more hell for a prisoner to deal with, like the dear john letters and stuff, and suicides, slashing up, self hanging, and bashings, stabbings and murders which used to also happen a lot in B.Division, A.Division, H.Division .and the gang rapes in the E.Division Dorms. Any way Pentridge fucked me up, even as a screw, so writing about it is the only way I can deal with the constant flash backs. My shrink and doctor have said I have a serious bad case of Post traumatic Stress Syndrome and Depression, which is why I am on anti suicide drugs and some form of anger management drug and anti depressants. So Im really pretty fucked up, and a fucking nut case, nut job- if I wasn’t on medication. Typing on this Aussie Criminals site is all that is keeping me sane, but I wont take shit from anyone anymore, and I do lash out sometimes, I do get a bit out of order, as I have, writing to some on about Neddy Smith, and Rodgerson but that’s just my old Pentridge survival instinct and hatred, clicking in, its never to far from my mind………………………………… anything that you want to communicate off this site, my em is- [email protected]. but I am only still learning to understand this email thing, so I cannot guarantee a reply will be sent. IM only a beginner to this, blogging or social media thing that’s how I found aussie criminals, just by accident, surfing for Crims names.

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    • Warder Fred, the jailhouse screw, Stormed through the office door, He demands to see the governor, “Straight away, whats more.. The head man called to enter, Fred was frothin’ at the gob, He slammed his fist down on the desk, Then yelled.”I snatch this fucking job”. “Now what the hell is eating you”, The governor bloke he wondered,” they’re callin’ me, Big ‘ead again” was what this turnkey thundered.. ” The prisoners and the warders, too, all call me Big ‘ead Fred, I tell ya boss, I’ve had enough, make up me pay” he said.. “Now don’t be foolish officer”, the prison boss replies, I’ve told you more than fifty times, That your heads a normal size.. You shouldn’t let them tumble you, Why, your just like any man, The boys like to have their joke, With who ever when they can.. Don’t take any notice of their silly shots, Just cop it on the chin, It’s why the lads all joke with you,”cos they know you have thin skin.. Let’s hear no more about snatchin’ it, the Governor says to Fred, you’ll have to shake this complex, That you have about your head.. Fred. now while your near the cookhouse, whle goin’ about your rounds, Will you get me some potatos, Better make it fifty pounds.. “Why certainly”, our man replied, Want new ones or old skin, Yeah. and you better give me somethin’, To put them taters in.. Now, the governor looked at Warder Fred, From the desk at which he sat, Strike me blue man, use your head, Go bung ’em in ya hat….. you’ll be back.. ever say that to a crim Fred? you know why most crims return to jail? Have you ever won the lottery, its the same as going home.. back in the 70’s, I used to have a house brick I took my frustrations and anxiety out on. when I was stressed I would hit and kick and slap this brick around, a fair bit too, I might add. any way, no matter how much abuse I dealt out to the brick, it never broke. I called that brick “Bill O’meally”.. after all the punishment I inflicted on Bill, one day I had guilt trip and put Bill with some other bricks, and built a bbq.. Bill is still there to this day. when ever I look at Bill, it reminds me of what an awful cunt I was to Bill. when I told that to Bill Omeally when he was released from Pentridge. he broke down and cried, through teary eyes he said that he was glad I didn’t break the brick. and that he would die happy knowing that.. Muster up! more later Fred..

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    • Sorry to hear that I never realised it affected u blokes the way it did. When I first went in [D] I knew a lot of the blokes there I came from Fitzroy so I was lucky in a sense I didn’t get heavied.one tried I stood my ground and told him to get fucked, then he got warned to drop off or else. the arse-hole didn’t know how much backing I had. haha. The place gave us all issues in a sense, one way or another. i’m over it i have dreams now and again I’m in jail, but that’s the past haunting me. You’ve just got to get over it, an put it out of u’r mind, don’t give it a victory.

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  75. Julian Knight.. what waste of fresh air. in the late part of the1980’s the Victorian police were on a shooting spree putting bad guys off tap willy-nilly, but when this snivelling dogs arrested he pleads “Don’t shoot” So what happens? this weak as piss unstablecunt from Fitzroy doesn’t shoot him. what the fuck! he could have been a hero, saved a lot of misery for his victims and tax payers money that’s been spent on keeping the piece of shit. where is the justice in that. now almost 27 years later there is all this talk of giving him parole. not once have I ever heard anything from him that sounds like hes remorseful for his actions, or has any compunction for his untold number of victims. and as for chopper being his protective guardian, well, that says it all for chopper. the Glamorous Chopper, a drug addict and bum fucker, and a stooge that was used by evil screws to do their dirty work in punishing prisoners for all the wrong reasons.. if more of the truth were told about poor ol’ chop chop, he wouldn’t appear so glamorous. he was a snotty nose teenager sharpy mug. got in it over his head when he held a gun to a judges head and got 16 years for his trouble.. never had the brains to be involved with the dockies early doors. Bill Longley gave him his shot at glory. armed up with Bills war stories, he rewrote himself into history as some sort of super crook, doing society a favour along the way. he died of hepatitis related liver cancer from injecting drugs with dirty needles and licking screws arseholes every day for more than 20 years. gone but not forgotten.. Bill Longley, what a sore loser that cunt is. murdered a bloke, got his right whack and went to jail, then bleated and bleated that every body else should be in jail with him. cunt!.. along comes chopper the guardian to protect poor ol’ Bill ‘cos he’s informing on the dockies and needs a back stop.. Tada! he’s chopper the spectacular.. he gets out of jail, in between jobs of police informing and drug dealer ripper offer, he shoots a bloke who once gave evidence against a copper who got 2 years for his involvement with running massage parlours back in the day. pay back murder for the police.. he didn’t have the intelligence to strategise the self defence defence.. the investigating police left that open.. and he got lucky with a kind hearted jury. even chopper him self was surprised at the out come.. Fred, chopper was a scum criminal like the rest. so why do hold him such high revere. when he was doing the dirty work for the screws that you say are so much against for their brutality.. some where I smell hypocrisity, Fred. a screw pet and police informer, lowest of the low. but you hold him up there high as mighty.. you sure your not one of the basher screws, having guilt trips. trying to justify yourself through denial.. Yeah! we’re all innocent Fred!.. muster up! back later..

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  76. Very Interesting, jb, you wouldn’t be Jimmy Bazley would you, from J.Division, the Painter and Docker Hitman, if you are, then you you wont say here. Anyway you would have known Bill O,Meally better than anyone in Pentridge in the 1970,s. If you are someone else, it doesn’t matter, you wish to remain anonymous. Anyway you were no doubt one of the old lags, to talk about, what you have here. Tell me did you side with Keithy George Faure or Ray Kane!…………..
    This is good, for the sake of the Aussie Criminals Community here, they as well as me need to here the truth from a long serving Pentridge inmate, on how fucked up and corrupt Pentridge was. Apart from myself, no other Pentridge Screw Dogs, have wrote about the place, don’t know why, but they would fucking hate me here, speaking the truth about the old shit hole it was. But that’s what the outside world needs to hear, not just what Chopper read, wrote about in his books and on speaking . …….Just take note though j.b…..If you did know me or my reputation in Pentridge in 1989, as a Pentridge Screw,…..Yes I was a fucking Dog, and did become a informer to the jacks, that was my fucking job, that what was expected of me, if I was to survive and be accepted with my fellow screws. I was a security Prison Officer, not a social worker, that was into the welfare of the crims………I had to act and appear hard, and distance my self from the crims, or they would have all eating me fuckin alive. Just like for you crims, it was survival of the fittest. As a new screw at the time in Pentridge In 1988, many of the prisoners and the Pentridge Prison Officers treated me like fuckin shit, I was only new to jail, and like a first time crim, I was given no respect, and was every cunts, young bitch. I wore a blue uniform, so the crims hated me just like the jacks.
    And this was in the time of , as you say many armed robbers were being miss treated and like Graeme Jenson, Frank Valastro, Mark Militano, Jedd Houghton, Gary Abdullah, being whacked by the major crime jacks. And shaking all you crims down, before and after the Walsh Street Police murder……..I used to be on the tiers in A.Division and B.Division and all I would get from the crims is abuse, calling me a fuckin dog, get a real job you cunt, and they would say go die in walsh street, call me super screw, .the SOG, Sniffer Dog, even worse, cum stain and fuckin goose and so on. I was only trying to do my job, I had to search or ramp te crims cells and look for drugs, jail weapons-shivs, and breakout or escape attempt in the cells, windows and bars and anywhere in the divisional wing tiers. I did not respect or socialize with any of the crims, as that was letting my guard down, and then I would have been a target by some of the crims to manipulation, and doing favours, trafficking drugs, contraband, some of the screws where doing, to make a bit of cash on the side, and causing the corruption in Pentridge………………..As far as me liking Mark Chopper Read, in H.Division, I didn’t like him , I didn’t like any crim or screws in the slot, they were mostly hard bastards, but they had to be, they were the only screws that could deal with the violent rubbish that was in the Victorian Prison System, this maybe wrong and inhumane, but their were evil men in H.Division, and Pentridge needed these tough screws to keep them in line. I was just a piece of the fucking jigsaw in a world of sharks and blood. gang rape and violence and drugs, and bent screws. What else could I do, what else can I say here, That’s why being a screw, after time fucked me up, mentally. it corrupted me, in one way or a fucking other, I got deeply in horse racing gambling, as a outlet, and got into debt. If I wasn’t removed from the prison service, would have ended u like some of the screws that went to jail for doing armed robs to support their gambling addictions. I couldn’t adapt to the brutality of the place, and I couldn’t join in on it with the hardened screws, I became a outsider within my own ranks of Prison Officers and the crims all hated me big time, and took advantage of my un- popular reputation inside Pentridge. I was branded a fuckin Dog Police informer, and just like a crim that is branded a fuckin Dog, there fucked inside jail. And you would have also hated me. the fact that I later give crown evidence against Ray Kane, Terry Flannery, Keithy George Faure, and Shane Fellows , Glen Dillion, and Nick Apostiledis, was my death warrant, I had to be moved out of Pentridge as a screw. after I witnessed Terry Flannery and Ray Kane stab Shane Fellows. I was to stupid to have turned the other way, and see nothing. The Screws hated me for this , the crims hated me even more , and the bent Victoria Police corruption, especially within the Drug Squad, was in Mark and Jason Morans pockets, with Alphonse Gangitano and the Lygon Street Mafia of the Carlton crew controlling the drug flow on the streets , and in all the rotten corrupt Victorian jails. I had to become scarce and fuck off from the Victorian Prisons, forever. I was told that I would be knocked, by Keithy George Faure and Ray Kane, for opening my mouth to the jacks….. I was a dickhead when I look back, sticking my neck out, rocking the boat, but I was way out of my depth not then understanding the way things are in the Underworld, back then in melbourne. …. But stupid maybe, but I was never hat low a cunt, that I took part in the mind games, torture and the systematic bashings in H.Division. I was firm as a screw, but I was also fair, and not corrupt. and for this reason, I was not to survive long as a screw, after I was transferred out of Pentridge……………..It is interesting on what you say j.b. on the real Mark Chopper Read, he really was a fucking Dog, if he was kissing the arse of the H.Division screws, and using drugs and fucking crims up the arse. I only knew him from my time in the slot, and when he was later outside. His younger years, he was a double dealer with the coppers and H.Division scews, to keep in favour with them I guess. Only you crims know the real Mark Chopper Read, and I did know that lots of crims did hate him and call him a Dog. I never saw this side of him, he always was polite to me as the H.Division Billet, but I think he and Juilian Knight and Craig Minogue, might have also been taken it up the arse in H.Division, because chopper was treated like a king in the SLOT…., But this why I guess, had I been a new crim in Pentridge he would of been, standing over me too and fucking me up the arse, sucking his dick and treating me as just another bare bum bitch in the shower block………..write more on here j.b.. The real life in H.M.Pentridge, needs to come out, Ive got nothing to lose, so I will keep telling my experiences of my time as a screw in one of Australias Toughest and worse Prison. Former and serving Prison Officers, will hate my gut, but I don’t give a fuck anymore. They all fucked me over, so now I will have my say. I might be a dead man walking, but I will be taking no secrets to my grave.
    Muster up – Fall in on the line, cover up and cigarettes out!……. Break off …Muster up hands on traps!……Get into your fucking cell !…….None of that shit as a free man!………I was not one of the Bashers and I not in denial, I was just trying to stay focused, sharp and firm and in i charge in a tough hard environment that the Slot and Pentridge jail was then! I just wasn’t cut out to be a Prison Officer anymore, these days being a screw is shit easy in the modern jails, all you need is a good education on a piece of paper and be lackys to the crims – there just do.gooders, welfare workers protecting the crims from each other in protection Dogs yards called prisons! … Cheers j.b.

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  77. Cheer Bill, It my own fault, I was never cut out to be a screw, in the first place, sometimes I think I would have been better to be and armed robber, but seriously a couple of screws, that I know of, did actually change sides and pulled of a armed rob, they were caught and then later sent to jail as crims. Its the same with the bent Drug Squad coppers, they get away with it , then they finally get caught out, there greed, takes over, and off to jail they go. There is a special jail, just for the bent Screws and Coppers. It used to be H.M.Sale Prison that all the bent ones got sent to. Anyway, back to being heavied by the dickhead tough crims, the crim that tried to heavy me was a Neo Nazi, Skinhead crim named Dane Sweetman in B.Division, he was in for putting a axe through a another Nazi head. He was a scary bastard, and once bailed me up , when he was on parole, while I was off duty and out on a night out the town, in the Swanston Street Melbourne. This Dane Sweetman arsehole, bailed me up with a gang of his neo nazi mates, and held me down, spit in my mouth, and said they were going to fuck me up, because I was a screw he hated in B.division.
    Luck was on my side, and I broke free from them, and ran like fuckin hell ,up Swanston, Street to the old Russell Street Cop Shop. I was very bloody, lucky, because on the news the next day, this Dane Sweetman, had gate crashed some party in Melbourne, and put a axe through some blokes head. That could have been me, if I hadn’t escaped from him and his gang. This Dane Sweetman was later arrested, and sent down to H.Division. The H.Division screws told me they had dealt with him for giving me a hard time when I was off duty. I don’t know what the slot screws did to him, but he never said a thing to me again, when he was sent back to B.Division.
    After he was found guilty of murder, he was giving a long sentence, but a few years ago, was givin early parole and is now back on the streets, that I last heard. He really scared me this violent neo nazi crim. I would like to see his record and photo on Aussie Criminals, he didn’t served enough of his murder sentence and got parole. He was very much like the character Russell Crowe, played in the movie Romper Stomper, only worse, he had the inside of his lips tattooed. He and another neo nazi used to rape weaker prisoners in B.Division, they used to hold a prisoner down on his cell bunk and take turn, fucking him up the bum, while they had a open x-rated stick book across the victim crims back. This is what Gerald Baden Clay needs in jail. B.division, and the E.Division Dorms,I reckon were in a way far worse than what was going on in H.Division, because the crims were not all roaming around, in and out other prisoners cells, like they hd a free run in B.Division. The worst violent prison murder that happen in my time at Pentridge, was the murder of a serial rapist Paul Captain Cremmin, in A.Division. By the time his enemies had finished with him, he had had his throat cut from ear to ear, his head smashed in, had been stabbed in the chest, more than 20 times, and rammed under the bed bunk in a empty cell. Bloody gruesome, what these crims would do to each other. That’s why it was always scary to me patrolling the long tiers in A.Division and B.Division, be there was often only two officers in the division, a couple of officers in the circle, and more than 100 crims wandering in and out of their cells and mulling about on the tiers as cockatoos, us screws watching them, and them watching us back. We were so out numbered, if the crims wanted to take the place or grab one of us. In A.Division a female Screw was once dragged in to a cell and gang raped by a couple of crims, and another male screw was just patrolling the tier, when a crazy crim just lunged at him and stabbed him with a jail made shiv, he nearly killed him. B.Division and A.Division were ticking time bombs on some days, and often a riot broke out, and we had to run to the circle gates and lock them behind us and get in the riot security squad. Once the crims had let of their anger and steam, the Pentridge Dog Squad, dogs were let off their leases and attacked the crims, who all ran back to their cells, but had caused a lot of damage to the division, smashing things and setting fires, and flooding the tiers. it was so bloody crazy in B.Division. Too many bored, un-employed , druged up and violent crims, that were always trying to escape and break out of B.Division. This is wear Christopher Dean Badness Binse was first locked up, no wonder he went on to be one of Australia most dangerous criminals. Chris Binse was in B.Division in 1989. Now he is back in Supermax Jail, for 18 more years. Imagine sharing a cell with him now. same with Matthew Johnson, one scary crim!………………

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    • I didn’t know most of those ur refering too I was long gone before they came of age to go to jail.i never went back after 1974.even chopper was too young then. I agree with jb they should have put a hole in that cunt knight’s fuckin head. Mongrel Bastard, lets hope he never see’s day light again. the cops were going around knocking arm robbers but let that piece of shit breath. back in the old days that shit wasn’t acceptable killing perfect strangers for no reason how twisted and fucked up is that .i’m in the Philippines knight would never have got to prison he would have been shot dead in the local lock up. .’he trid to take my gun and we had to shoot him’ no inquiry end of story .standing room only in the cells, stuff that, it makes Pentridge look like a holiday camp by comparision. Look up man tortured by cops in Tondo, Manila, Philippines .all the cops involved r in jail. a lot of charges over here r called ‘non bailable’ drug trafficking, rape ,homicide, plunder, human trafficking, offences involving kids, ect. U’v got to have ur wits about u, Poverty breeds crime..If u get sick here, no money u die, As for the woman raped in a cell, to have woman working in a male prison that’s just plain crazy.that’s looking for trouble, but then again government’s have never been known to be too smart.

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  78. Spot on Bill, all the Asian, South American, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Russian Prisons, are hell holes, where corruption runs them. They make the modern day Aussie jails, especially the current do-gooder jails look like a child care centre, with not even razor ribbon on them now . The problem in Australia at the moment, the jails now have no, fear or deterrence on these younger crim gangsters now. The Asian justice system, has the death penalty for Drug Trafficking, or 20 years, like the Bali nine got, and even Sharpelle Corby , very lucky she was released with 10 years out of 20, whether they were all was guilty or innocent didn’t matter, the Balinese , use there long prison sentences as a deterrence , even if they are corrupt, its no holiday there. Our prisons were once tough places to be, also.
    But in Australia, we are now piss weak, with Drug Traffickers. And this why Aussie places like the Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne are the major drug distribution points, for the movement of party pills, heroin, cocaine and ice and dope. With the Outlaw Bikers and The Italian Mafia and Middle Eastern Gangs, controlling all the drug money and movers and shakers that run the drug trade in Aussie, our Aussie crime rate is growing every day. with more and more drug related violence, And the cops are struggling to keep up with arrests. And the prisons are overflowing and letting them out as quick as they go in through the revolving door. Prison is not scary any more in Aussie, its just a short term holiday camp, where the crims are provided with round the clock, 24 hour protection, and well feed, look at them , they go in skinny and come out fat as humpty dumpty. To once stand at the main gate of the old Pentridge, would put fear in most people, at least first timers, But to stand at the main gate of these new Aussie jails, it could be confused as being a old peoples retirement village and golf course only the high concrete wall with a large metal pipe on top and the cameras, let on that these are indeed jails. I know of young crims in my area, that have been in jail, get out, and commit a crime again to go back in, to a cell with a shower in it, heating, air conditioning, three good meals a day, with a choice of menu, and they can survive, better than on the streets. Jail is still jail, and crims still lose there freedom, but they deserve to they are now doing the worst of crimes, and sicking crimes, just look at that piece of shit, sentenced today for life with a 32 year minimum parole.
    Harley Hicks and what he did to that poor innocent baby. Yu look back to poor old Ronnie Ryan and Bill O, Meally and think, how harsh , Pentridge was to them. Just wouldn’t it be good, to give this pathetic arse wipe Harley Hicks a good long stay in the old 1960,s era H.Division, teach him some manners and respect, like the screws used to do to Bill O,Meally. Aussie jails are now fucked up, way to soft and cozy on these type of scumbags, they don’t deserve high protection in jail..

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    • What sort of evil could do that to a baby he’ll be in his early 50’s when he’s due for parole not long enough! also look at Ryrie got 50 but change of government changed it.so who knows how long he’ll do. I didn’t think Ryrie would ever get out, if that was my kid I’d hunt the mother fuker down an blow the mongrel’s head clean off. I heard years ago in B div he was protected by so called top crims true or false? if true that says a lot about them ah! low-life mongrel maggot . makes me blood boil to think he’s walking the streets u can’t rehabilitate animals like that .i hope ur reading this Ryrie u scumbag.

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  79. Yes bill, in 1989, he was in B.DIVISION . S.P.U. – Special Purpose Unit.or B.Division Annexe. With all the Pentridge, high protection Rock Spiders. It was part of the main B.Division wing , but was kept separate by a locked gate, from mainstream B.Division. The worst possible Maximum Security rated scum bag kiddie fuckers and evil rapist, that were in Victorian Jails in the 1980,s and 1990,s were held in there. Keith Ryrie was let out of B.Division Annexe in 1993. This was the most creepy part of Pentridge in 1989. Every scum bag Pedo crim had to be closely watched on observation in suicide cells or wet observation cells, and buddy cells. When these crims left the entrance of B.Division a Security Prison Officer had to walk with them at all times, moving them from a to be, to make sure they didn’t get attacked by the main stream inmates of B.Division and E.Division. It was very degrading as a screw to have to escort these pieces of shit, in safety every where around Pentridge. We had to escort them to contact and box visits, escort them to the Pentridge Hospital, and escort them to a separate excercise yard, called the Dogs yard. Even blody escort them under protection to H.Division, if they were not safe from other protection scum bag crims. We used to security escort these filth, past the mainstream B.Division exercise yard, which was called the chook pen, which was on the site of the old C.Division.
    As we walked these killers and rock spider past the B.Division exercise yard, which had a wire fence separating them, so the mainstream crims could not get to them, they would get verbal abuse hailed at them and spat at. We often felt like just throwing them to the lions, but had to make sure they got from one place to another with out any harm to them. I felt like a dog, just having to walk with them, these low-life fuckin maggots…… But we had a duty of care for them unfortunately . Look up Mark Anthony Jewell. Marcus James, Woolley Brothers, Gary David or Gary Webb, just some of the Sex Offender that were locked up in the B.Division Annexe Special Purpose Unit. And the smell in this Division was dreadfull. Some of the crims in this protection wing, had puss running out their arsehole, they would blow job, one another, cum in there mouths, anal sex, wanking each other, kissing, self mutilating themselves, slashing up, the smell of piss and shit, they were all totally sick fucked up maggots, it was a cess pit of deviate happenings. I can never forget this sick division in Pentridge. It is suppected Mr Cruel was in this division, before he was paroled. And many more of these beasts were paroled from here, including that rotten turd Keith Ryrie. I could not wait to have a shower after going off duty in this place it was so bad. We used to call it dicks and bums, because that’s all you ever saw in there!……..There was a old Pedo Priest, forgot his mame, but he was the oldest pedo in Pentridge, about 75 years old, he was in Pentridge for murdering and raping a child. Did the mainstream hate this piece of shit and like to have got to him. The screws had to watch over him like a hawk, when ever he was on a visit, and shield him away from any prisoners nearby him. They had a separate visit section for him. when ever he was strip searched before a contact visit, he had a puss , blood and shit running from his arse, fuck knows what he used to do in the protection cells with the other rock spiders!….I always wore rubber gloves when strip searching him………..

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  80. I just stumbled on this .did u know Keith Ryrie’s brother Collin Ryrie is a sicko too. he was convicted of raping his own son and daughter. bashing them but I couldn’t find the year or lenth of sentence .doe’s anybody know? Ryrie is supposed to be living in QLD now he must have found a log to slither under. die u bastard. I spose he ran to the church like all kiddy fukers do. but what would u expect the churches r breeding grounds for child molesters. i’v seen it, all sex offenders run to the churches, because nobody else wants to know the maggots,

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  81. hey love you man for standing up and speaking the truth straight out really enjoy your storys but listen stay safe and be careful there must be people who want to keep this shit covered up all the power to you brother i wish you the best

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