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For the first time since taking the stand at the Fitzgerald Inquiry, Katherine James (not her real name) has decided to speak publicly. In this exclusive interview, Katherine describes how she went from a teenage madam to a young mother entering witness protection, and whether, 35 years later, it was all worth it.
The Rat Pack has its day of reckoning: The Fitzgerald Inquiry. Katherine James is key to exposing the corruption that's infiltrated the Queensland police force for the last forty years, but the cost of speaking out is high.
Fresh criminal networks emerge and flood Brisbane's streets, in an era known as the New Joke. A determined young hustler, Katherine James, rises through the ranks to become a trusted manager and confidante to some of the biggest crime syndicates Brisbane has ever seen. But when she decided to forge her own path, obstacles appear from every angle.
A new generation of madams and sex workers begin to find their place in the Sunshine State. An enterprising Simone Vogel stands out in the crowd, until she disappears.
Just when the Rat Pack look set to crumble, Shirley Brifman is found dead. Meanwhile Dorothy Edith Knight, fresh from taking down Glen Hallahan in the sting operation, realises her ordeal with the police is only just beginning.
In the early 1970s, The Rat Pack faced a challenge. Shirley Brifman — who lied at the National Hotel Inquiry to protect these crooked cops — would turn from their biggest ally to their greatest threat. And Dorothy Edith Knight would take a life-threatening leap, in an effort to make a break from the cop she loved.
In 1958, the Rat Pack were born — three dirty cops who would use bribery and extortion for the next forty years in Queensland to wield power over sex workers. Two of their early recruits were Dorothy Edith Knight, who fell in love with one Rat Packer Glen Hallahan, and Shirley Brifman, who did their dirty work in Queensland's first-ever Royal Commission into police misconduct.
Three crooked cops. Four courageous women. A decades-long power struggle that remains full of mysteries to this day.
What happened to our hapless hero Hayden Haitana and his merry band of race fixers? Before we put our story to bed, there's one more mind-bending twist to consider: the Double Sting.
When a Sydney gangster is gunned down, speculation is rife that he may have been the mastermind behind the Fine Cotton ring-in. But then, a surprise confession from a notorious bank robber and career criminal changes everything.
Hayden Haitana has become the most well-known — and loved — fugitive in Australia. But the law finally catches up with him and the other culprits. But who's taking care of Fine Cotton? And who will be thrown under the bus?
In the wake of Haitana's television expose, new players enter the story — in particular, one dogged racing official determined to get beyond the denials and cover-ups.
When the disqualification is announced, all hell breaks loose and the Gillespie crew scatter to the winds. Soon the failed ring-in is making headlines around the country. Hayden and Gillespie hatch a deal to spill the beans on Australia's biggest current affairs show: 60 Minutes.
By some sort of miracle, the horse (that vaguely looks like Fine Cotton) makes it to the barrier. At 33-1 odds, the gang looks set to make a motza, but suddenly everyone's in on the scam. The odds tumble as bets are placed on Fine Cotton to win from as far away as Sydney, Tasmania and even Papua New Guinea.
A week out from race day disaster strikes. The fast horse meant to replace Fine Cotton is injured and his sub-in is the wrong colour. The creative solution? Multiple trips to the chemist and a long boozy night of applying women's hair dye to a horse.
Meet Hayden Haitana, the lovable, ever-so-slightly dodgy horse trainer who lands himself in Australia's biggest racing scandal. He's going straight, no more shortcuts to win. Until his brother introduces him to conman John Gillespie, and a horse called Fine Cotton.
The Fine Cotton Ring In was one of the biggest scandals in Australian horseracing history. A plan to swap a slow horse with a much faster look-alike involved a motley crew of small-time crooks, a couple of horses and a hell of a lot of hair dye. What were they thinking? Dig is a history podcast with a fresh take on an iconic story from Australia's not-so-glorious past.
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Jules

I found the discussion of Robert North texting, uncomfortably rude and disrespectful.

Mar 19th
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