The Life and Crimes of Alphonse Gangitano

Alphonse Gangitano was known as the Black Prince of Lygon Street and was the most lethal member of Melbourne’s notorious Carlton Crew in the 1980s and 1990s. Through a series of re-enactments of the most significant events in Gangitano’s life, relive the rise and fall of the Melbourne crime tsar.

One of the most notorious true crime stories in recent times involves not one particular crime but a wave of violence, bloodshed, murder and people flipping sides.

It became known as the Melbourne gangland war and it involved some of the most hardened criminals in organised crime ever seen in Melbourne.

The total of underworld murders would reach into the high twenties and include criminal figures including:
Alphonse Gangitano
Pasquale Barbaro
Carl Williams
Mick Gatto
Lewis Moran
Mario Condello
Greg Workman
and more….

It had a cast of wanna-be crime kingpins, drug dealers, standover men, bent lawyers and the bottom rung of the illicit drug trade in Melbourne, Australia.

If you owed money to, or ripped off, a top level drug baron, you were gunned down whether you were at the gym, at home with the kids or at the football.

There were no rules and nowhere to hide from a violent death if you crossed the Black Prince of Lygon Street, Alphonse Gangitano.

Gangitano Video Script

0:00

(dramatic drums)

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(distant sirens)

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– [Alphonse] You’ve been avoiding me, Gregory.

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– You amaze me Alphonse.

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You still alive?

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– That’s not very friendly.

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– Don’t take it personally, Alphonse.

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I just don’t like ya.

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– Yeah and why is that, mate?

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Nothin’ to do with the money you owe me?

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– Go and peddle your Sherlock bullshit somewhere else, mate.

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– Mate I’ve been called a lot of things in my life,

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shy is not one of ’em.

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I want my money.

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– I owe you fuckin’ nothing, greaseball.

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– You’ve been away a long time.

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Maybe you don’t know who you’re talkin’ to.

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– Oh loudmouth wog with a gun in his pocket.

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– Yeah mate, you got half of that right.

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Now let’s start again, shall we?

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You owe me money.

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– Gone from standover to stand up, I see.

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– In fact, I say you owe me 10 large

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and by Wednesday, it’s gonna be 15.

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– You were never any good at math, Alphonse.

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Let’s say I owe you nothing,

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and on Wednesday, it’ll still be nothing.

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– Don’t turn your back on me, you prick.

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I am Alphonse Gangitano,

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no one turns their back on Alphonse Gangitano.

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– You’re a plastic gangster with a big mouth

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and no brains.

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You always were, you always will be.

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(dramatic music)

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(gunshots)

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(dramatic music)

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– Still think I’m a plastic gangsta?

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(gunshot)

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I’m Alphonse Gangitano and I run this town.

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(gunshot)

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– Meet Alphonse Gangitano.

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The tough nut with a gangster fetish,

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who bashed and murdered his way to the top

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of the Melbourne crime scene in the 1990s.

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(dramatic music)

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Welcome to Tough Nuts,

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Australia’s hardest criminals.

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I’m Tara Moss.

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Tonight, we look at the life and crimes of the man

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who crowned himself the Black Prince of Lygon Street,

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Alphonse Gangitano.

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(gunshots in background)

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Through dramatized scenes, first hand accounts,

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and detailed analysis of Gangitano’s life,

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we will give a comprehensive portrait

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of the middle class private school boy

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turned multiple murderer, thug and standover man.

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(dramatic music)

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While other kids dreamt of being rockstars,

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Gangitano only ever wanted to be a gangster.

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What made him turn his back on his family,

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his middle class background,

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and his private school education

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to become a thug with a thirst for violence?

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Be it with a gun, a metal bar or with his fists.

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– Alphonse was weak as piss, I mean,

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he was a self created gangster.

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– Do you know who I am?

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– No.

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– Alphonse Gangitano.

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Now get out of the car.

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– He really wanted to become a godfather.

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– And the ultimate gangster’s a person who can take life,

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without feeling.

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(gunshots)

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– Gangitano just had this capacity for unlimited violence.

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(thuds and groans)

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– Really want to emphasize, if you scratch a bully,

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underneath, you’ll always find a coward.

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– I turn to Alphonse and I said,

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“You f-in so and say, you’ve set me up.”

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And he just lunged at me and he grabbed me

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by the lapels of my jacket.

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– He was hellbent on becoming a (mumbles) footpath.

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(clang echos)

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– Gangitano was a tough nut with a reputation

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for viciousness in the Melbourne Underworld.

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He started his life of crime as a King Hitter.

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And his idea of a fun night out was to attack and assault

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off duty police officers.

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His violent impulses led him to graduate

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to crimes of greater magnitude,

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eventually becoming the most dangerous man

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on Melbourne streets in the 1980s and 90s.

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Amazingly, all the while he kept a wife and family at home,

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who were unaware of his murderous nature.

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Gangitano saw himself as the Black Prince

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but behind his back, cops and crims called him

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a plastic gangster.

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A man more concerned with his image

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than building a real criminal empire.

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But that just made him all the more dangerous.

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As Greg Workman found out one evening in 1995

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in the Melbourne beachside suburb of St. Kilda.

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(clang echos)

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– Alphonse sought and to some extent gained

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a reputation as a man who could get whatever he wanted.

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It was something he worked hard on.

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A lot of his crimes were not motivated by money

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but by prestige or

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the building up of respect.

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– Couldn’t be told anything.

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“I’m Alphonso.

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“(speaks in foreign language) talk to me.”

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But it was just the way he was.

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He didn’t have that accent

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but the way he thought he should talk to people.

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And he’d just jump in and belt anybody at the drop of a hat.

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– He’s involved in illegal gambling,

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assault merchant,

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carried weapons,

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bit of a king hit merchant in that regard

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and tried to build up a reputation of being a

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pretty much a gangster as it were.

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But in his own mind, really.

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– He started wearing nothin’ but suits

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and nothin’ but slip on shoes

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and comb his hair backwards and wearing sunglasses

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at night time and drinkin’ (mumbles).

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Drinkin’ red wine and (mumbles) straight all day long.

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He really thought he was in the bloody mafia.

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– Well Gangitano could switch in a second.

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People talked of Alphonse one minute,

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all happy friendly,

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next minute he’s bashing someone with a bottle.

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He was that kind of character.

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There was apparently some business

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between he and Workman.

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Workman was a well credentialed villain.

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He’d been an armed robber.

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He’d been involved in the amphetamine trade.

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He was developing a reputation as a speed cook.

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He was a very valuable guy in the underworld.

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So there was apparently some money issues

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between he and Gangitano,

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Gangitano flipped and emptied the gun into him.

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(gunshots)

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The circumstances aren’t well known

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because the witnesses were paid off and flown overseas

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and never testified.

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– Well unfortunately, the case looked pretty good

6:06

at the start of it as I understand it.

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They had two females who I understand were sisters,

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who at that time made themselves down to the police,

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they made statements.

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And given the person the police were dealing with,

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were put into witness protection.

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As a result of a number of events that incurred

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at the time when they were in witness protection,

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they were approached by some criminal element.

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Which then led to them fleeing overseas,

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ended up being unable to give evidence,

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the prosecution case collapsed

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and he was never brought before trial.

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– So we’ll never know the exact circumstances

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of that murder but suffice it to say,

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Workman wouldn’t have taken a backward step either.

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But Gangitano just had this capacity for unlimited violence.

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So it may have taken him by surprise.

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– [Tara] The two witnesses fled overseas

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in fear of their lives.

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Forensic psychologist, Bob Montgomery,

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believes the murder of Workman as evidence Gangitano

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was a psychopath.

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– But understand what turning your back on someone meant.

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This is the absolute rejection.

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An expression of contempt, you’re not even worth talking to.

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That would infuriate the narcissistic, self centered

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flavor of a typical psycopath.

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– Don’t turn your back on me, you prick.

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I’m Alphonse Gangitano, no one turns their back

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on Alphonse Gangitano.

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– Really heightened sense of their personal value,

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grandiosity.

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Demanding special treatment which disgarded,

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often by producing a gun.

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And all of that’s wrapped in the sense of I’m important,

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I’m powerful.

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You turn your back on me,

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you’ve really done the wrong thing.

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– So in Gangitano’s case, the fact that he was actually

7:47

quick to anger and the fact that he seems to kill

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without a second thought,

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those behaviors suggest psychopathic personality traits.

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Wherein you don’t really think about what you’re doing,

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you get frustrated, you get angry,

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then you just act on it.

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– Gangitano, he’d shoot you in the back

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rather than the front, in my opinion.

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He wanted me to join his gang.

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I didn’t want to join his gang.

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That meant gettin’ yourself a suit and sittin’ around

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Johnny’s Green Room until three in the bloody morning,

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drinking coffee.

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Yeah, I didn’t want to wear suit and sit around

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Johnny’s Green Room ’til three in the morning

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pretending I was in the mafia.

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With a pair of slip on shoes on and a bloody suit.

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They used to watch the Godfather movie

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half a dozen times at night

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and go out and pretend they’re in the bloody mafia.

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(hums “Godfather Theme”)

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– Gangitano was a cold blooded killer.

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On the night he shot and killed Greg Workman,

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his motive for murder was pure ego.

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So what makes a man capable of killing so casually?

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When we return, we examine Gangitano’s childhood

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and see what turned a travel agent’s son into a killer.

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(light action music)

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– Where you goin?

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– [Young Alphonse] Pictures.

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– [Dominic] Who with?

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– Go to hell dad.

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(light action music)

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– What about lunch?

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– [Young Alphonse] I’ll get something there.

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(bang echos)

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(light action music)

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– Welcome back to Tough Nuts, Australia’s hardest criminals

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and the Black Prince of Lygon Street, Alphonse Gangitano.

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Alphonse Gangitano was born

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in Queen Victoria Hospital, Melbourne,

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on the 24th of March, 1957.

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His mother, Maria, and his father, Dominic,

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were delighted that their first child was a son.

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They doted on him.

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They had a daughter some years later

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but Alphonse was the apple of their eye.

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They quickly learned however that their son was different.

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He attended a Catholic primary school in Melbourne’s

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eastern suburbs and was always in trouble.

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Dominic and Maria were often called to the school

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to be told that their son was in trouble yet again,

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fighting in the playground, bullying other children,

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and playing truant.

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Their son was out of control.

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– His parents were respected and liked in the district

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where they worked in Carlton.

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And a great reputation there with their travel agents.

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Alphonse was the despair of their life

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as they tried to make amends for his bashings

10:14

and his insults and whatever else he got up to.

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– He was a private school boy,

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posh, Italian, sorta like

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wanna be gangster.

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He went to posh schools and his mum and dad had money.

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– Not every gangster, not every vile person

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comes from an impoverished background.

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There are people who come from

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very well to do backgrounds

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who simply feel that I want to do different.

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I want to be different.

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Hence we have this personal predisposition to be

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somewhat larger than life or somewhat different

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from the rest of the sheep.

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And being a gangster would’ve set him apart

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from his peer group.

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If his family background is safe and secure,

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then any kind of excitement,

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any kind of difference,

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any kind of thing that sets him apart from his peers,

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would’ve been something he would aspire to.

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(gun locks and loads)

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– [Tara] Alistair Parkin was a teacher at Marcellin College

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when Gangitano was a student

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and his reputation as a trouble maker

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was already firmly established.

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– I do recall the principal inviting him down

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to the office many, many times.

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That became sort of the standing theme

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at the end of the day.

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Everybody would be listening out for

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whether Alphonse was going to be invited down

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to the office again today.

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– They called him over the loudspeaker,

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“Alphonse Gangitano report to the headmaster’s office.”

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He’d driven the car to school and left it parked

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in one of the teacher’s parking spots.

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He was that kind of a bloke.

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He was pretty brazen, upfront,

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you know he had a fight, but was a real smartass.

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And as soon as you met him,

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as a bloke,

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you’d say I don’t like this prick.

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(clang echos)

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– The nature versus nurture argument seems to have

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no place in the story of Alphonse Gangitano.

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On the surface of things,

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his story is one of pure naked ambition.

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From a young age, Gangitano wanted to be a gangster.

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He had no criminal pedigree.

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He had no role model from the criminal world

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to act as his mentor.

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Ultimately,

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he became a gangster merely because he wanted to be one.

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(light rock music)

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– [Dominic] I don’t know what he’s doin’ up there.

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– [Maria] Just his homework I think.

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– If he was doing that much homework,

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you think his report would look the way it does?

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– He’s a teenage boy.

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Let him have some privacy.

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– Privacy.

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I’ll give him privacy.

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He needs to get outside, make some friends,

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and not sit down and watch movies all the time.

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Alphonse!

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Come for lunch.

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Mum’s made (mumbles).

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– It’s too spicy!

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– No not today.

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No chili.

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– [Young Alphonse] No chili?

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– Alright just a little chili for taste.

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– I hate chili, not even a tiny bit!

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Burns my mouth.

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When are you gonna learn that I don’t wanna eat that shit!

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– Alphonse you drink a little milk and the heat goes away.

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– Make me a salad and I’ll be down in a minute.

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(light rock music)

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(speaks in foreign language)

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– Where you goin’?

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– [Young Alphonse] Pictures.

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– [Dominic] Who with?

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– Go to hell dad.

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– What about lunch?

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– [Young Alphonse] I’ll get something there.

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(sighs)

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– From a very early age, he’s identifying with criminals.

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Actually, the fictitious account of criminals.

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The movie style version of criminals.

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But somewhere in there, right early in the piece,

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he’s saying this is what I want to be.

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This is how I ought to be.

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So there’s something already going off the rails

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about his identification,

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which would imply some hassle in the family.

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– He…

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Wanted to be a criminal.

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And there was no convincing him otherwise.

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His parents were lovely people.

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And they had a very nice family.

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But he was hellbent on becoming a (mumbles) footpath.

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– The people make a decision.

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I wanna be, make something of my life.

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I wanna be an accountant or a doctor,

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whatever the case may be.

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And I think he just grew up manifested by the fact

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of these gangster lifestyles.

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His house had the Al Capone books,

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the gangster books.

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The Scarface, the Al Pacino posters in his study.

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That type of thing.

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That’s what he enveloped himself upon

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and in his own small brain of manifestation saying,

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“Well that’s what I wanna be.”

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And he paid the ultimate price.

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– His childish gangster fetish or preoccupation,

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would’ve been driven by the stories of other gangsters.

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It may well be that in his readings of Al Capone

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and people like that, the Godfather movies for example,

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they all portrayed the Italians as being nice family people

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who were very very dangerous.

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And maybe Gangitano fancied himself as being someone

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who could, had the potential to be dangerous.

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Or to portray himself as being someone

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who could be dangerous and be different.

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– I think Gangitano is a model sociopath.

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Insofar as his anti-social personality.

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His amoral thinking,

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very early on,

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saw a way, a model if you like,

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of the Godfather model,

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that inspired him to follow that future.

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– The difference between a gangster and a vile criminal

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is one of process, not outcome.

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The importance is the gangster is a romantic figure,

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a tragic hero.

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Whereas a vile criminal can be simply someone

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who’s a common person who just uses violence

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for his particular means or particular outcome

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or particular goal.

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(gun locks and loads)

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– [Tara] The man who helped Alphonse take that first step

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from fantasy to reality,

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was the notorious, Mark Chopper Read.

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– He wanted to be a gangster you know

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and I was the first bloke to give him a sawed off shotgun.

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‘Cause when I was 19, he was 16.

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16 and a half when I was 19

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and I gave him a sawed off shotgun.

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It was beautiful sawed off shotgun,

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my old man gave it to me.

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And I gave it to Alphonse when I got a handgun.

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And Alphonse thought it was great, you know?

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First sawed shotgun he ever had.

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– After the break,

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the wanna be gangster, Alphonse Gangitano,

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achieves the one goal he had in life,

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to become violent criminal.

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He did this at just 22 years of age

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and he did it by cold blooded murder.

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– They reckon the first one’s the hardest,

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but it was easy.

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(light rock music)

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I loved it.

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(clang echos)

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– This is Tough Nuts, Australia’s hardest criminals

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and the story of Alphonse Gangitano,

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the Black Prince of Lygon Street.

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Armed with his first gun from Chopper Read,

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Alphonse Gangitano became a street hood.

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He ran with a group of thugs

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who were happy to set upon members of the general public.

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Those who simply got in the way or at the wrong end

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of Gangitano’s violent temper.

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And he could fight.

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At a young age, he had already developed

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a pathological hatred for police.

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Gangitano’s routine was to prowl Melbourne’s nightclubs

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looking for off duty police officers.

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He had a particularly sharp memory for faces

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and he would always remember police he had chanced across.

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(clang echos)

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– Look he had a hatred for the police, absolute hatred,

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and I think it was likewise.

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The fact that he would to take on the police

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every opportunity that he had,

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he would take them on verbally and certainly physically.

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– Alphonse used to go around nightclubs

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and I’d pick on a few off duty policemen

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and the off duty policemen would come out there

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and flash their badge

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and tell Alphonse to pull his head in.

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He’d know they’re off duty

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because they’d been drinking alcohol.

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And he said,

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“Are you on duty or off duty?”

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They’d say, “We’re off duty.”

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(mumbles)

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So he’d take ’em under the stairs and bash ’em.

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(gun locks and loads)

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– The assaults on police were pretty much about brand.

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They weren’t about making money.

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It was just about letting everyone know

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that he was the toughest guy on the block.

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And he would just find off duty police

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and hole off on them, you know.

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Come step on their foot, they’d say, “Excuse me.”

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Then he’d belt ’em.

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– He saw us as the enemy and as such we saw him as an enemy

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and a public enemy at that.

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And needed to be taken care of.

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(clang echos)

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– But violent assaults on police officers

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were strictly for Gangitano’s amusement.

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He wanted to play with the big boys.

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He started hanging around a nightclub

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with a nasty reputation.

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Mickey’s Disco in St. Kilda was known as a hotspot

18:59

for the Melbourne underworld.

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One of Mickey’s Disco’s owner was none other than

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Chris Rent-to-Kill Flannery.

19:05

Flannery had a problem.

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He was facing a murder charge and prostitute,

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Deborah Boundy, could put him away.

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Her testimony in court would finger Flannery

19:14

for the murder of business man, Roger Wilson.

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Criminals like Flannery viewed Gangitano as a kid.

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But a kid that could be useful.

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Gangitano could get Flannery off the murder charge.

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But he would have to kill Deborah Boundy to do it.

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If he could kill her,

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he would be a Tough Nut just like them.

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(clang echos)

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– It was easy man.

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Easy.

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(suspenseful music)

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They reckon the first one is the hardest,

19:41

but it was easy.

19:43

Yeah I loved it.

19:45

(suspenseful music)

19:46

Yeah man, she fell for it straight away.

19:49

Rathdowne Street.

19:50

I picked her up on Rathdowne Street.

19:52

Coffee. (suspenseful music)

19:53

Then back to her place.

19:58

Once she saw the powder, mate,

19:59

she couldn’t get it into her arm quick enough.

20:01

(suspenseful music)

20:07

Hey I know why they call ’em hotshots.

20:09

You shoulda seen the sweat comin’ off her.

20:12

(inhales sharply)

20:16

I’m lookin’ forward to my next one, alright?

20:18

(suspenseful music)

20:19

– He liked to sit sheilas down with a bag of pure.

20:24

She was at half a dose

20:26

but then he (mumbles) lethal battery acid injection.

20:30

Or acid out of the fire extinguisher

20:32

or acid out of a battery.

20:34

She would have overdosed with pure Chinese white.

20:37

I mean Mad Charlie would like to do it too.

20:39

He’d sit people down with a bag of pure.

20:42

And he’d watch them put it into their arm

20:46

and the first one would fall down head first

20:49

into the coffee table.

20:51

And the second one would pick up the bag of pure

20:53

and he’d say,

20:54

“You better not use this much, I think that’s a bit strong.”

20:57

And they’d use half of what the other fella used

20:59

and they’d fall down too.

21:02

And the third one, having watched the first two drop,

21:06

pick up the same bag and use half again.

21:10

And he’d drop.

21:12

Three overdoses and Charlie’d get up

21:14

and walk outta the room.

21:18

Yeah, Al come from the same school which I did.

21:22

In fact Al taught Charlie the tricks.

21:24

I think it was quite easy for Al to overdose someone.

21:27

Yeah because she wasn’t overdosed

21:28

with any poison or anything.

21:30

She was overdosed with pure.

21:32

– Alphonse Gangitano admired Flannery,

21:36

who to him is a street fighting man,

21:38

would’ve been an A-lister when he was an up and comer.

21:41

It’s often speculated that Alphonse Gangitano

21:43

may have been the person who killed Deborah as a favor

21:47

to a man he looked up to.

21:49

– He was showing to Flannery

21:50

that he had the dash.

21:51

He was showing that he could do what had to be done.

21:54

And he certainly developed that reputation.

21:57

– The ultimate gangster is a person who can take life

21:59

without feeling anything.

22:02

And I suspect at 22, he probably had the constellation

22:04

of skills and background and knowledge

22:08

and access to the criminal world,

22:10

that would’ve made him killing someone

22:12

far more possible than being a 13 or 14 year old.

22:16

I mean when you have a reputation for killing people,

22:18

you observe other people to treat you with more deference,

22:22

more respect.

22:23

To a child, it’s not as meaningful.

22:25

To a young man at 22, that kinda deference and respect

22:28

would’ve been reinforcing.

22:31

So it doesn’t surprise me at that he at 22,

22:34

he graduated to becoming the gangster he always aspired to.

22:38

(clang echos)

22:40

– Alphonse Gangitano killed Deborah Boundy.

22:43

And in doing so he made his bones,

22:45

as they say in the criminal world.

22:47

He now had reputation as a killer

22:49

and was a man to be feared.

22:52

He believed he was bullet-proof but one man,

22:54

a criminal with a real reputation,

22:56

would frighten the life out of him.

22:58

– He hated me ’cause he was frightened of me.

22:59

He bashed me in the Dover Hotel.

23:02

He knew that one day that would come back

23:04

and bite him on the ass.

23:17

– Welcome back to Tough Nuts, Australia’s hardest criminals

23:21

and Alphonse Gangitano, the Black Prince of Lygon Street.

23:24

After murdering Deborah Boundy,

23:26

Alphonse Gangitano stepped up.

23:29

He mingled with Melbourne’s criminal networks.

23:31

He established a loose confederation of criminals and others

23:34

called the Carlton Crew.

23:36

They included Jason and Mark Moran,

23:38

their father, Lewis,

23:39

Graham Kinniburgh and Domenic Mick Gatto.

23:42

With well known names like this behind him,

23:44

Gangitano moved into the illegal casino trade.

23:47

And stood over businesses in the Carlton area,

23:50

demanding protection money.

23:52

If it was not forthcoming,

23:53

he would unleash his violence on those who could not

23:56

or would not pay.

23:58

But one criminal decided

24:00

that Gangitano was more bark than bite.

24:02

Notorious standover man, Mark Brandon “Chopper” Read,

24:06

had been a friend of Gangitano’s

24:08

but two men had fallen out

24:09

after Chopper had unknowingly assaulted a man,

24:12

who was a key ally of Alphonse Gangitano’s.

24:15

Gangitano and his thugs retaliated

24:17

by setting upon Chopper Read in a bar toilet.

24:22

– I got out of jail in 1976.

24:25

I met him in the Dover Hotel.

24:27

And I was talking to him about people

24:29

and I mentioned saying a Shane Gra-fello’s name.

24:32

I said, “When I say that Gra-fello,

24:33

“I wanna belt him, you know?”

24:35

I didn’t know that Alphonse thought of Shane Gra-fello

24:38

was a hero.

24:40

Was a great streetfighter, legendary streetfighter,

24:43

and a good friend of Alphonse’s.

24:45

I’m in the shitter, I was havin’ a poo,

24:47

and next thing I know, the door is smashed open.

24:49

And Alphonse is there with his boys

24:51

and they’re kickin’ me, just kickin’ me in the face.

24:53

And I’ve gotta wipe me bum and I got up

24:55

and I’m throwin’ punches (mumbles) my eyes closed.

24:58

And when I’ve opened me eyes,

25:00

I found I punched the bouncers.

25:01

Alphonse has disappeared.

25:03

He knew that one day, that would come back

25:05

and bite him on the ass.

25:07

You can’t bent someone like me.

25:08

See if I want to get revenge on someone,

25:09

I will watch and I will wait.

25:12

Revenge is a dish best eaten cold.

25:14

I’ll eat it freezing cold.

25:16

I got ahold of some (mumbles) 9 handguns

25:19

and I started shootin’ up a few places

25:22

that Alphonse was involved with.

25:24

I went around the Gah-mon Club with the Ja-lek 9

25:27

and he pushed his way out the toilet window

25:29

and landed on the roof of Mercedes and hurt his back.

25:34

Then went up to Mick Gatto and says,

25:36

“Chopper Read’s lookin’ for me with his Ja-lek 9

25:39

“and wants to blow me head off.

25:41

“I’m not afraid of Chopper Read but I’m worried

25:42

“about me family.”

25:44

– [Tara] Gangitano had always been able to separate

25:46

his family and criminal lives.

25:49

But when the threat of Chopper Read loomed,

25:51

the two were in danger of merging.

25:53

– Virginia was a very nice lady

25:55

who found herself, as a lot of other women have,

25:58

being married to criminal identities.

26:02

She remained within that marriage,

26:04

I think was two children they had.

26:06

Gina was a type of person when (mumbles)

26:08

“Look, I don’t get involved in what Alphonse does.

26:12

“I don’t wanna know.

26:13

“My job is to run the household,

26:15

“take the children to school.”

26:17

She knew what she was dealing with,

26:18

in relation to the unpredictably of Alphonse.

26:21

At the end of the day,

26:23

family was all driven by Virginia.

26:27

– [Tara] Retired detective, Brian Murphy,

26:29

was at Mickey’s Disco the night Alphonse and Virginia

26:31

first met.

26:33

– I told her on that night, I said,

26:35

“Give him away because he’s gonna leave you one day

26:39

“with a belly full of arms and legs,

26:41

“with no money.”

26:43

And that’s exactly what happened.

26:46

– Chopper was a man who believed that revenge was a dish

26:49

best served cold.

26:52

The word was out that Chopper wanted a piece of him.

26:54

The gangster swagger gone, Gangitano left the country.

26:57

Taking his wife, Virginia, and two children with him.

27:00

He hid in Italy until news came

27:03

that Chopper had been jailed in Tasmania

27:05

for attempted murder.

27:06

With Chopper out of the way,

27:08

Gangitano returned to Melbourne

27:09

and once again, the cafes and restaurants of Lygon Street

27:13

had to pay him off.

27:14

With his arch nemesis behind bars,

27:16

Gangitano was even more unpredictable and violent.

27:20

He developed a bloated sense of entitlement.

27:22

Cars, money, even women.

27:26

When Gangitano saw something he liked,

27:28

he simply took it.

27:30

(clang echos)

27:31

(light rock music)

27:42

– Excuse me ma’am?

27:44

– Yes.

27:45

– This is a lovely car you’re driving.

27:46

– Thank you.

27:47

– This is the V12 model, yeah?

27:49

– That’s right, it’s very comfortable.

27:55

– Can I ask you just one more question?

27:57

I won’t keep ya.

27:58

– That’s alright.

28:00

– Let me introduce myself, I’m Alphonse Gangitano.

28:03

How d’ya do?

28:04

– Hello.

28:05

– [Alphonse] And you are?

28:07

– I’m Yvonne.

28:08

– Ah pleased to meet you, Yvonne.

28:12

Now as I was saying,

28:15

I don’t wanna keep you but the interior,

28:18

that’s leather yeah?

28:19

– Of course it’s leather.

28:21

– Look I know it must seem silly of me

28:23

but my question is,

28:25

did you choose the color of the seats

28:26

or is that standard color with that color you got?

28:29

– No I didn’t choose it but–

28:31

– No no no, it’s perfect.

28:33

Why would anybody want any other color?

28:36

It’s very cool.

28:37

– Thank you, now if you’ll excuse me.

28:39

– Actually no.

28:41

I love this car.

28:43

Gimme the keys.

28:44

– Pardon me?

28:45

– No no no, it’s cool.

28:47

I just want your car.

28:48

Gimme the keys please.

28:51

– No, why should I give you my keys?

28:53

– I love this car.

28:54

I wanna drive it.

28:55

Give me the fuckin’ keys.

28:57

– No, now if you’ll excuse me.

28:59

– Listen you stuck up bitch.

29:01

You either give me the keys or I’ll fuckin’ take ’em.

29:03

You know who I am?

29:05

– No.

29:06

– Alphonse Gangitano.

29:07

Now get outta the car.

29:09

Please.

29:10

(suspenseful music)

29:21

(door slams)

29:26

Thank you Yvonne.

29:28

(car engine starts)

29:35

– He was an egomaniac.

29:36

He built a reputation.

29:38

He built enough hoons and thugs around him

29:42

to get away with almost anything

29:44

and certainly around the Carlton area.

29:46

He could just march up to people and say,

29:47

“Give me your car.

29:49

“Give me the keys now.

29:50

“I’m Alphonse Gangitano, what are ya gonna do?”

29:52

– It’s a bit hard to turn around and say

29:54

what value the car was to him.

29:57

It may well have been instrumental

29:59

in developing his reputation

30:01

and it may well have been simple curiosity.

30:03

“I wanna drive this car, gimme the car keys.

30:05

“I’m takin’ around the block.

30:06

“I’ll dump it wherever I want to dump it.”

30:08

But it certainly fits within that profile

30:10

of the psycopath,

30:12

the sense of entitlement,

30:13

the sense of I can take it because it’s the person

30:16

that I am.

30:17

– I suppose in Gangitano’s case,

30:19

there is that sense of entitlement

30:21

which is not uncommon for someone who is a psycopath.

30:25

They’ve got an inflated sense of self, right?

30:27

So they’re very grandiose

30:29

and also I guess, lack of remorse, lack of guilt,

30:32

in terms of what they do.

30:34

So they don’t care if they take something

30:36

and how it would impact other people.

30:38

– Listen, you stuck up bitch,

30:39

you either give me the keys or I’ll fuckin’ take ’em.

30:41

Do you know who I am?

30:42

– No.

30:43

– Alphonse Gangitano.

30:45

Now get outta the car.

30:46

– So people did hand their keys over

30:48

and certainly there was one story

30:51

that he used to carry around a pink slip

30:53

in his glovebox.

30:54

He can just get them to sign over the car,

30:56

right then and there.

30:57

It was wild west territory up on Lygon Street,

30:59

back in those days.

31:00

And he was the baddest hombre of the lot, at that time.

31:04

– Funnily enough, no one who had a car taken

31:07

by Gangitano, ever reported it missing.

31:09

Even though he would often drive around in it for months.

31:13

When we return, we look at one of Gangitano’s

31:15

most infamous crimes.

31:17

The attack on boxer, Barry Michael,

31:19

a reigning world champion.

31:22

– Come on, just one minute.

31:23

(loud background chatter)

31:25

– [Barry] Alright one minute.

31:26

– Outta here fellas.

31:27

Champ and I need to talk about a rematch.

31:30

(light rock music)

31:40

– Welcome back to Tough Nuts, Australia’s hardest criminals

31:43

and the Black Prince of Lygon Street, Alphonse Gangitano.

31:48

For all his preening and expensive Italian suits,

31:50

Gangitano never quite made a go of his businesses.

31:53

His main skill was extortion

31:56

and only so much money could be made from that enterprise.

31:58

He was also a degenerate gambler.

32:01

Always borrowing money that he never intended

32:03

to pay back.

32:04

And he owned slow racehorses

32:06

and that didn’t help his financial situation.

32:09

Thinking he could turn a dollar from the boxing world,

32:11

Gangitano started a company called Superstar Promotions

32:14

and signed up as many boxers as he could,

32:16

including an up and comer.

32:18

A super lightweight by the name of Lester Ellis.

32:21

But Gangitano could never make enough money

32:24

from his boxers to pay for his expensive lifestyle.

32:27

His mate Jason Moran was making a killing

32:29

selling amphetamines and tablets to the nightclub crowds

32:32

in Melbourne.

32:33

But with drugs, especially cocaine,

32:35

Gangitano became more of a consumer,

32:38

than a supplier.

32:40

(clang echos)

32:41

– It was no longer about business.

32:43

It was no longer about enriching the grape.

32:44

It was all about Alphonse’s reputation.

32:46

And it was said he was doing far too much cocaine.

32:50

He was paranoid.

32:51

He was making threats against his friends as well.

32:54

It wasn’t just his enemies.

32:55

– I suppose given his long term,

32:58

well his proneness to violence,

33:00

and the fact that he is a long term abuser

33:03

of amphetamine and cocaine,

33:04

then he would be even quicker to anger and violence.

33:07

The drug addiction would just exacerbate

33:09

the violence and aggression.

33:11

– Still think I’m a plastic gangsta?

33:12

(gunshot)

33:14

– He borrowed money off of a lot of Calabrian families

33:17

and he didn’t pay it back.

33:19

And you can’t do this in Italian community.

33:22

You can’t just borrow money, 10, 20 grand off people

33:25

and not pay it back.

33:27

And then go like that.

33:29

(whistles)

33:30

And then bash members of their family,

33:33

if they come and have a go atcha.

33:35

– He was a person who is beyond control, beyond authority,

33:38

who can take things as a whim

33:41

because there’s a sense of entitlement

33:42

that goes with taking something as a whim.

33:46

(clang echos)

33:47

– There was still money to be made

33:48

and Gangitano threw it all behind promoting the big fight

33:51

between his charge, the champion Lester Ellis,

33:54

and the contender and veteran of the fight game,

33:57

Barry Michael, for the IBF Super Lightweight Title,

34:00

on July 12, 1985.

34:02

But it was Michael who won the fight,

34:04

after 15 grueling rounds.

34:06

Gangitano had gambled heavily on Ellis,

34:09

and lost.

34:11

– In boxing, 30 year old challenger, Barry Michael

34:14

made lightweight of the 10 year difference

34:16

between himself and Lester Ellis

34:18

to win a unanimous points decision

34:20

in their IBF title fight last night.

34:22

(crowds cheer)

34:26

Even before the decision was announced,

34:28

it was obvious to everyone who had won,

34:30

even Michael and Ellis.

34:32

– [Ring Announcer] He’s the new

34:34

IBF World Junior Lightweight Champion.

34:36

– Look mate, I just can’t express how great I feel.

34:39

(dramatic music)

34:41

– We’ll get it back!

34:42

We got a contract for a rematch.

34:43

And fuckin’ Lester’ll smash him next time.

34:45

– But I don’t give a hooker’s moan about the cash.

34:47

– [Man] But it’s two million bucks!

34:48

– Cash is easy to come by!

34:49

I wanted that world title!

34:51

We’ve lost the world title!

34:53

How did Michaels make that weight?

34:54

How did he make the fuckin’ weight?

34:56

– He must’ve fuckin’ slept in the sauna!

34:57

(hits and groans)

35:01

– We’ll get that little prick in the next shot!

35:04

We’ll get him in the rematch!

35:08

(chatter)

35:09

– That’s pretty realistic, wasn’t it?

35:12

– [Woman] Yeah.

35:13

– Who’s that from?

35:17

(dramatic music)

35:20

Excuse me for one moment, yeah?

35:22

Just gotta take care of something.

35:23

– [Woman] Sure.

35:25

So what are you doing?

35:27

(chatter)

35:29

– Thank you Alphonse, very kind of you.

35:30

– Hey it’s my honor.

35:32

Buy a drink for a world champion.

35:33

– I’ll drink to that.

35:35

– Take a seat, we need to talk about something.

35:37

– Oh mate, I’ve got my wife and a mate.

35:39

– Come on, just one minute.

35:42

– Alright, one minute.

35:43

– Outta here fellas.

35:45

Champ and I need to talk about a rematch.

35:47

(dramatic music)

35:52

So, Lester and I are still waitin’ for another shot.

35:55

– Keep on waitin’ Alphonse ’cause I’m chasin’ some

35:57

big scalps in England now.

35:59

– Yeah Lester you’re a has been

36:00

that’s runnin’ away from him.

36:03

– Better a has been than a never was.

36:05

(dramatic music)

36:07

– What are you doing?

36:08

(thuds and screams)

36:30

– First thing I thought was,

36:32

I’m possibly dead.

36:33

I knew they carried guns

36:35

and I turned to Alphonse and I said,

36:38

“You f-in so and so, you’ve set me up.”

36:39

And he just lunged at me and he grabbed me by the lapels

36:42

of my jacket as he pulled me down the couch.

36:44

He got a serious grip on my cheek.

36:47

And I got my hands up tryin’ to gouge his eyes

36:49

to get him off me.

36:51

And immediately, they’re like a pack of mongrel dogs

36:53

on top of me.

36:54

– Alphonse bashed him so badly in the brain,

36:58

he kicked, punched him and hit him so fuckin’ much

37:00

around the head.

37:02

– And then another one came in

37:03

and the next thing I know,

37:04

I’m being dragged up off the couch,

37:06

dragged through the crowd with blood spraying

37:08

everywhere off my face.

37:09

– They made a mess of him.

37:11

They completely screwed Barry Michael’s boxing career.

37:15

I don’t think he could walk straight after that.

37:17

You know, knocked his equilibrium out.

37:20

– And I just remember being pounded

37:23

and battered and being sort of held down.

37:27

– Kick kick kick, you know.

37:29

Bash bash bash.

37:30

Oh shockin’ damage to him.

37:34

Shockin’.

37:35

– You know I think they were filthy on me

37:37

because basically,

37:39

they outsmarted themselves really.

37:40

And I’d outsmarted them and I had the title.

37:42

I’d taken the title off the goose that laid the golden egg.

37:46

– Lester Ellis had no involvement in Gangitano’s crimes.

37:49

Like Barry Michael, Lester Ellis was just a boxer,

37:52

trying to make his way in the game.

37:54

(clang echos)

37:55

Waiting two years to take his revenge on Barry Michael

37:58

was standard Gangitano MO.

38:00

He would bash, beat or kill anyone who got in his way.

38:04

This routine would continue relentlessly into the 1990s.

38:07

Having lost so much money on the Michael versus Ellis fight,

38:10

Gangitano was broke and he upped the price of extortion.

38:15

The nightclubs were unable to pay the high prices

38:17

he demanded.

38:18

Gangitano reacted in his predictable fashion.

38:21

Entering nightclubs and attempting to beat the owners

38:24

and the patrons into submission.

38:26

He believed himself to be above the law.

38:28

But he would soon discover that the law

38:30

was catching up with him

38:32

and with it, betrayal that would lead to his death.

38:35

– You in the neighborhood Jason?

38:36

– Ginny left you mate?

38:38

– Yeah, who told you that?

38:40

– Smartest thing she ever did.

38:44

(clang echos)

38:53

– Welcome back to Tough Nuts, Australia’s hardest criminals

38:57

and the Black Prince of Lygon Street, Alphonse Gangitano.

39:01

In every career criminal’s life,

39:03

there comes a moment when it all falls apart.

39:05

For Gangitano,

39:06

that moment came on the 19th of December, 1995,

39:10

when he and his mate, Jason Moran,

39:12

walked into The Sports Bar,

39:13

a nightclub in Melbourne’s Kings Street district.

39:17

They set upon the patrons in the club with billiard cues

39:20

and metal bars.

39:21

Gangitano in particular took to the task

39:24

with his trademark enthusiasm for violence.

39:27

Gangitano and Moran were both charged with a fray.

39:30

There was a host of revealing CCTV footage

39:33

and on this occasion,

39:34

some brave victims were prepared to come forward

39:37

to put both men away.

39:39

– [News Reporter] The court heard four people

39:40

were hospitalized.

39:41

Injuries including a fractured nose, cuts, bruises,

39:45

a fractured jaw and permanent eye damage.

39:48

Mr. Gangitano was granted bail

39:50

with a $10,000 surety,

39:53

a night curfew,

39:54

and an order to seek psychiatric treatment.

39:56

– He was outta control.

39:58

He and Jason Moran had bashed nightclub goers

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and management at The Sports Bar on Kings Street.

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It had been a gratuitous attack.

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Purely trying to stand over the owners there.

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It said to his friends that he was now a liability.

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– He and Moran were most violent pair of bastards

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you’d ever wish to meet in a day’s hunting.

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But they used to fight amongst themselves.

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Because they were both similar type of people.

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Couldn’t be told, couldn’t be controlled

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and didn’t want to be.

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They just wanted to be the king of the patch.

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– [Tara] Some believe that Gangitano had some sort of

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Road to Damascus conversion after the affray.

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That he looked on his life of crime

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with horror and regret.

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But could a man who reveled in violence his entire life,

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be capable of such a change?

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– When he was 42, it sounded like Gangitano

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was thinking about leaving his life of crime.

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Now, some people may say that it could be due to remorse.

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He wanted to make up or he was sorry for what he had done.

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However, if Gangitano was a true psycopath,

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it’s very unlikely that he had any remorse or guilt.

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Chances are, it’s just

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because it’s getting too much for him.

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He’s just saying that it’s too inconvenient for him.

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Another thing too, that’s also been shown in the research

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is that a lot of psycopaths,

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they’re violent or criminal behaviors tend

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to decrease after the fourth decade of life.

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– It may well be he simply matured out of it.

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It may well be it simply wasn’t enough to feed his ego

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or his persona.

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He may simply have tired of the entire grind

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of looking over your shoulder

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and it may well have been he saw the young kids

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coming up behind him and decided

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that there wasn’t much of a life career in this.

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Very few gangsters get to retire

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to a house on the Gulf Coast and left in peace.

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Most of them meet some sort of end

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because they require the work or they need the money.

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Or someone is looking to build their reputation

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on your demise.

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(clang echos)

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– On the morning of January the 16th, 1998,

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Gangitano had appeared at court

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for a mention on the affray at The Sports Bar.

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He was given bail under stringent conditions.

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He had a nine o’clock curfew imposed.

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The word on the streets was that Gangitano

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was going to plead guilty.

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And this would leave Jason Moran

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facing a certain jail sentence.

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Gangitano dutifully went home before curfew

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and there he stayed until a couple of unexpected visitors

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turned up.

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(clang echos)

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– Yeah a large supreme.

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Delivery.

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No, no garlic bread.

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No chili.

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Not a touch, yeah?

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(doorbell rings)

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(dramatic music)

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Geez that was quick.

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No look, look there’s just someone at my door.

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Hang on, hang on.

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(dramatic music)

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– Nice outfit mate, you knew I was coming?

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– Tough fuckin’ day mate.

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How you doin’?

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Call you back.

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(door slams)

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They’ve got me bent over here, mate.

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They’re flying in some South African,

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who’s gonna fuck me in the box.

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I’ve got a plate on it.

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There’s nothin’ I can do.

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– Well we’re gonna have to talk about it Alphonse

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because if you put your hand up for this one,

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Jason’s in the shit.

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– Mate, what can I do?

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I don’t have a choice.

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– What’re you doin’ walkin’ around in your undies?

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– Hey, Ginny’s out, okay?

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Mate, she’s takin’ the kids to her sister’s or something.

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Mate, she’ll be back in a couple of hours, Jesus!

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– I don’t suppose you got a beer.

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– No!

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There’s no beer in there mate.

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Have a glass of wine.

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– Wine?

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Not for a bit.

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– I’m in a curfew here, okay?

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– Well how about I go and grab a slab and couple of pizzas

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and we sit down and just have a little chat

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about what went on in court today.

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– Hey, nothing went on in court, okay?

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I got a mention, that’s it.

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– How you gonna plea?

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– Mate, I’m gonna plead guilty.

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They got me over a barrel, okay?

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– Temple Stone Shops?

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Best place to go for beer and pizza?

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– Yeah, you want some dough?

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– No mate.

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Be back in a minute.

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– Fuck.

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– Mate you got a visitor.

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– [Alphonse] Not those bloody Jehovah’s Witnesses again.

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– Worse than that mate.

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– You in the neighborhood Jason?

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– Heard Ginny left you mate.

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– Yeah, who told you that?

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– Smartest thing she ever did.

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– She’s visiting her sister.

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– Get yourself a good lawyer, you’ll get to see ’em

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every other day, Alphonse.

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Fuckin’ much more than what I’ll get where I’m goin’.

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– Look I can’t talk about this now.

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I’ve been in court all day and I’ve got a curfew.

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For once this isn’t about you, you selfish prick.

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– You grass me up, guaranteeing me two years jail,

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and I’m selfish?

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– I had no choice.

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We talked about this, okay?

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I had to plead on it.

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– Alright this is goin’ no where.

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Why don’t I go and get some beers–

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– Fuck him Graham, he’s a dog!

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– Who you callin’ a dog?

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– It’s loaded, mate.

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– Fuck you, this is my house.

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– Jason put the gun away.

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Let’s just take a deep breath.

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– Go and get your gun.

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Gonna end this.

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– [Graham] Guys you’re supposed to be mates!

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– Mates don’t grass on mates.

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– Alright, tough man.

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– Now listen, calm down the pair of ya.

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– Get it.

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(gunshots)

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– You’re a fucking idiot Jason.

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– My problem was never with you Graham.

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Let’s leave it that way.

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(dramatic music)

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– [News Reporter] Crime figure, Alphonse Gangitano,

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was gunned down in his Templestowe home.

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His wife found him lying in a pool of blood in the laundry.

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He’d been shot three times in the head and body.

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His killer has not been found.

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– It was on the 16th of January, ’98.

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I was on the oncall crew, in charge of the oncall team.

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Received a call about midnight, one o’clock in the morning.

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That Alphonse had been found shot dead in his home

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in Templestowe.

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We found that he’d been shot,

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he was lying deceased in the laundry.

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Suffering a number of gunshot wounds to the body

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and also to the head.

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– This seems to be a decision to

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as they say in the underworld, tug his coat.

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Graham Kinniburgh was a well known mediator.

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He was renowned for resolving things without violence.

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It’s alleged that he and Jason Moran went

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to Gangitano’s house in Templstowe for a discussion.

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– The evidence then suggested that Jason Moran arrived,

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he was dropped off up the road.

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Indications say he walked into the house,

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he was allowed in.

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Anyone else or someone that Alphonse didn’t know

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certainly wouldn’t have been allowed access.

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I believe that at that stage that Jason Moran

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pulled a pistol, shot Alphonse.

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(gunshots)

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Graham Kinniburgh was present

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and I believe Graham didn’t know what was happening.

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I think things settled down thereafter.

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Then they came to their senses a little bit

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between Graham and Jason.

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– Four days before he was killed,

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Brian Murphy went to warn Gangitano, his time was up.

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– We got over there and Alphonse is sitting there,

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like a lord of the manor.

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But he was really the prince at this stage.

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I said,

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“Listen, you’re well and surely gonna get knocked.”

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I said you’ve robbed all your mates.

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I said there’s over $250,000 missing.

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Jason Moran, Kinniburgh, they’re all crook on him.

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And that’s what led to his demise.

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And he said,

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“There’s no fucking way I’m going to get knocked.

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“They’re my buddies.”

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I said good, yeah.

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And my mate bring me the morning (mumbles)

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one his fucking buddies just knocked him off.

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– Oh I didn’t like Alphonse at all.

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I hated Alphonse’s guts.

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I mean I was rapped when he died.

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I thought fantastic.

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This is like a godsend.

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I was rapped.

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– Unlike the later murders that we’ve had of time,

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where it was tit for tat.

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No one shed any tears apart from his family

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and kids of course.

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In relation to losing Alphonse.

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No one was looking for revenge for Alphonse.

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And I think the fact that his peers in relation

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to the criminal element said good riddance.

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He’s not gonna bring the law back looking at us

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because he was out of control.

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– [Tara] Gangitano had outlived his welcome.

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He had gamble away over $250,000 of other people’s money

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and he had betrayed his criminal friends.

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– Listen Alphonse has been puttin’ holes on his manners.

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And he just went pull up.

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He went police hittin’.

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He was embarrassing everyone.

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He’s causing everyone too much trouble

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and something’s gotta be done.

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So this (mumbles) gave the nod because he couldn’t

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go and shoot Alphonse at this time.

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Because not without some sort of commission.

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You just couldn’t go and shoot him

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because he was too well connected with other people.

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– So they gave the nod and someone shot him.

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(gunshots)

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– Ironically, from his own belief of being the Capone

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or the Deniro of the Melbourne Underworld at the time.

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That he dies in the laundry, in the floor,

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riddled with bullets, in his underpants.

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– [Tara] Chopper Read believes Gangitano

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would’ve liked to have gone out in a blaze of glory.

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– He would’ve preferred in his best suit.

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Showered, shaved in his Dolce Gabbana aftershave on.

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Probably at a restaurant somewhere with his lady friend,

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with a Heckler & Koch nine millimeter automatic

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in the front of his pants.

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And someone comes bursting and fills Alphonse up

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with a dozen in the chest.

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Alphonse has taken the dozen in the chest

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and pulled out his Heckler & Koch and returned fire.

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Bang bang bang.

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And killed the six men that have come in to kill him.

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Before falling down dead to the music of

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Frank Sinatra singing I did it my way.

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– There would be no heroic end to the life of

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Alphonse Gangitano.

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He was shot in the back.

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He died in his underwear on the floor of his own home.

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Moran was certainly Gangitano’s killer

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and he too would have his life ended abruptly.

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Shot dead in front of his children while sitting in his

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car at a football clinic in 2003.

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Graham Kinniburgh was a witness to the crime.

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He would not give up his good mate’s son

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and he went to the grave with his secret.

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He too was shot dead in the Melbourne gang wars.

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For the would be gangster, the self crowned

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Black Prince of Lygon Street, Alphonse Gangitano,

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that was the way it went.

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Life and death at the barrel of a gun.

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See you next time on Tough Nuts,

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Australia’s hardest criminals.