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The Story of the Painters and Dockers
Before he turned to writing full time, James Morton was a London lawyer specializing in criminal defense work, he is the author of over 30 books dealing mainly with organized crime. Russell Robinson is an award winning investigative reporter at the Herald Sun, Melbourne.
James Morton says in his book Dangerous to Know: "Xenophon Zervos - Brisbane Painter and Docker shot dead 26 March 1986,"
which is a mixture of truth and fiction, since Mr Zervos was indeed shot dead, however he was in fact a Brisbane restaurateur!
Morton came here in 2009 after Robinson rang and arranged for a telephone interview, we told him of the struggle that was underway on the docks, and gave him a copy of the 2001 Union Journal, below is what we had to say about Xenophon Zervos..
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Item: Xenophon Zervos was shot dead as he was getting into his car at his home in the Brisbane suburb of Holland Park on the early morning of March 26 1986, in 1988 Constable Butler told the Fitzgerald Inquiry, an inquiry into police malfeasance formed on the initiative of Bill Gunn then Police Minister and Deputy Premier.
That Mr. Zervos was the victim of professional assassins recruited from the Dockers Union, by police to murder another policeman, a Detective Constable Salvatore Di Carlo, Butler alleges the murderers went to the wrong address and fired on a man whose fate was the random result of human error.
And that Di Carlo was on the wrong side of his workmates because investigations he was proceeding with were sensitive, and involved a firebombing at a Fortitude Valley nightclub in 1973 in which fifteen people died.
Mr. Zervos was it appears, related by marriage to Salvatore Di Carlo, in which case the plot is somewhat thicker than it would otherwise have been, had that not been the case.
Di Carlo's lot has prospered, he has gone from undercover copper, where his role was allegedly to infiltrate criminal society, gain the confidence and the friendship of any lonely poor stiff he could, then fix him up with criminal charges.
Now it's Sammy Di Carlo Barrister at Law, who, until he instituted a policy of omerta toward the jolly old Dockies Union, was quite a source of knowledge.
Sammy there is a stone in my shoe about the whole thing, particularly about threats broadcast re Merv Collins, that Merv was a stone in somebody's shoe re the Zervos thing.
Merv turned up dead from a highly suspicious overdose of heroin in 1994, for the fact that Morton decided to change things around, surely leaves him open to be prosecuted as a false witness in the matter of a capital murder investigation.