Evil Life : the Calabrian Mafia in Australia

Author(s): Clive Small; Tom Gilling

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The Calabrian mafia is Australia's oldest, largest, and most ruthless crime syndicate, trafficking drugs worth billions of dollars and laundering the proceeds through sophisticated international networks. Enforcing discipline with age-old tools of violence and intimidation, the Calabrians have been responsible for nearly 40 murders in Australia since the mid-1970s and many more before that. Mafia families in Australia report directly to bosses in Calabria and profits are funneled back to the mother organization. Yet despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Federal and State law enforcement agencies have long assured the public that there is no Calabrian mafia in Australia. With powerful and uncompromising clarity, Evil Life shatters this myth. Drawing on court documents and unreleased intelligence reports, as well as interviews with well-informed sources, the authors reveal how the Calabrian mafia evolved from its beginnings on the north Queensland cane fields in the 1920s to establish cells in every major capital city, making Australia a key outpost in the world of global organized crime.


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Clive Small and Tom Gilling are the authors of the bestselling Smack Express, Blood Money, Milat and Betrayed. Clive is a former Assistant Commissioner of Police, NSW. Tom Gilling is a highly regarded investigative journalist and fiction writer.

Acknowledgements About the authors Authors' note Introduction 1 The Black Hand 2 New country, new rackets 3 A market for murder 4 The family business 5 The Toronto connection 6 Heroin Central 7 No ordinary crop 8 The Sunshine State 9 Omerta 10 Infiltration 11 It's only revenge 12 Setbacks 13 The South Americans 14 The enemy they dare not name 15 Political connections 16 Ecstasy by the tonne 17 Big debts, little debts 18 A year of living dangerously 19 Behind bars 20 The grass is (always) greener 21 The enemy within APPENDICES 1 Translation of letter written by Antonio Brando, Melbourne, to Domenico Belle and companions, 24 August 1928 2 Translation of letter written by Antonio Brando, Melbourne, to Domenico Belle, 17 September 1928 3 Translation of letter written by Rocco Trimarchi, Griffith, to Domenico Belle, 26 March 1929 4 Translation of Ritual of the Camorra Society, 15 December 1930 5 Translation of documents relating to the formation of a society found at the residence of Francesco Angilletta, Preston, 14 April 1963 6 Australian 'ndrangheta killings, 1973-2008 Bibliography Index

General Fields

  • : 9781760296179
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : 0.335658
  • : April 2017
  • : 198mm X 128mm
  • : Australia
  • : April 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Clive Small; Tom Gilling
  • : Paperback
  • : 517
  • : English
  • : 368