Case 40: John Newman

Cabramatta is a suburb of Sydney, Australia, located 30 kilometres, or 18 miles southwest of the Central Business District. Only around 30 percent of the 20 thousand residents of Cabramatta were born in Australia. It is one of the most ethnically diverse areas in Australia.  The largest percentage of residents are Vietnamese, followed by Chinese, Thais, Cambodians and many other nationalities. In the late 80’s and 90’s, Cabramatta was a hotbed for crime. Heroin was rife throughout the suburb. Cabramatta Railway station was known as the ‘junkie express,' with users pouring in from all over, looking for their fix. And where there is a huge drug problem, there is a crime. Violent gangs, home invasions, robberies, bashings, extortions, kidnappings, and murder… ___ Research for this episode by Victoria Dieffenbacher. Co-written by Victoria Dieffenbacher and the Anonymous Host.   MUSIC 1. ‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro 2. All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn    RESOURCES (Warning: Contains spoilers) “On Deadly Ground” by Tim Priest Crime Investigation Australia: The Assassination of John Newman Four Corners: The Newman Case John Newman murder: Phuong Ngo loses the last appeal for life sentence Political assassin Phuong Ngo loses appeal bid Frank Oliveri feasted in jail with Phuong Ngo John Newman murder: Downfall of a merciless crime lord saved soul of Cabramatta Phuong Ngo murders rival John Newman in Australia’s first political assassination in 1994 Ngo asks High Court to quash life sentence for assassination of John Newman

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