Four Corners - Melbourne Confidential
Career criminal Terence Hodson and his wife Christine were kneeling side by side as each was shot twice in the back of the head. They became victims number 26 and 27 in Melbourne’s relentless cycle of gangland killings.
Hodson had been living dangerously as a registered police informer for about three years. He refused to go into witness protection, chancing life at home with his family. But from the moment he was exposed by internal police documents that were leaked widely throughout the underworld, he was a marked man.
Hodson had also been due to testify against two detectives over an alleged attempted theft of more than $1 million worth of drugs. Three weeks after Terence and Christine Hodson’s murders, the charges against one of those detectives were dropped.
The police investigation into the Hodson murders continues, overseen by Victoria’s new Office of Police Integrity. A reward of $100,000 awaits anyone who dares to nail the killer, or killers. Victoria Police have long insisted that no firm links can be drawn between the parallel scandals of the gangland killings and the entrenched corruption that has plagued parts of the Victoria Police.
But Four Corners can reveal new evidence that supports this connection – evidence that Terence Hodson took to his grave. Reporter Chris Masters pieces together the events leading up to and immediately following the execution of Terence and Christine Hodson. Through candid interviews with underworld figures, family members, investigators and corruption-fighters, he paints a chilling picture of the criminal sub-culture that thrives beneath Melbourne’s respectable surface and has infected some of its police.
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