By Alan Emmins
Neal Smither doesn’t conceal his paintings. The part of his van reads: “Crime Scene Cleaners: Homicides, Suicides and unintentional Death.” at any time when a resort visitor completely tests out, the police officers end an research, or an unintentional demise is suggested, Smither’s staff decide up the items after the police cruisers and ambulances have left.
Alan Emmins deals a glimpse at this little-known element of America’s so much grotesque deaths. packed with information as interesting as they're gory, Mop males examines not only the general public fascination with homicide but additionally how a self-made luck like Smither could make a fortune simply by praying for dying.
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In mid-April Joe met John, who was based at Coffs Harbour, at the Mooney Tavern. Over a few drinks, Joe told John his cover story and outlined his plans. What he was proposing was a bit big for John. The man to see, he told Joe, was Roy (short for steroids and not his real name), who was the major supplier of steroids in the area. Roy had a record for receiving stolen property and drugs supply. As well as steroids, he also supplied ecstasy. A couple of days later, on 18 April, Joe met John at Argyle Place, Coffs Harbour.
He introduced the man as Garry. Garry worked out regularly in a gym and trained in martial arts. His upper body was covered in tattoos. He looked every inch the Kings Cross tough guy. Although Joe didn’t recognise him when they met, it wouldn’t take him long to put a name to the stranger. Garry was Garry Page, an eastern suburbs crook who had done jail time for murder and was suspected of being the getaway driver in the 1992 shotgun murder of 56-year-old underworld figure and standover man Desmond ‘Dessie’ Anthony Lewis.
Lawrie quickly forgot his own warnings about speaking on the phone. Over the next few weeks he became quite talkative. According to him, a friend of his in Adelaide had several pounds of speed and quite a bit of coke for sale. Some 51 BETRAYED hash was also due from Thailand but it was still a few days away. It was coming in through Brisbane. As Lawrie pressed Joe for another deal, Joe stuck to the script, wanting to see and test samples before he committed himself to large amounts. Joe’s cover story was that he did not use drugs himself—he was in the business for profit—but he had a ‘pilot’, a user who would try the drugs and assess their quality.