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Friday, February 17, 2006

The kids are alright

Back page of The Age- Spy section- today: (yes MUI now have a scanner in our bunker!)

Our insiders tell us that:
It's Mario Condello's boy (s- there's two of them) and Simon Overland's boy.

Word is the Overland kiddie is a great fella and student and the Condello kiddies are just Gangitanos in waiting...

No cane at private schools no more? More's the pity...

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Conjecture, theories, thoughts and bullshit...

Here are some theories from MU and others:

This was a professsional hit- not from anyone in the Williams/Mokbel crew (aka "The Others"

U Priveta
"...this hit didnt involve the new boys or even Williams, Condello's fate was decided by the old men this time... very pro work here, many rumors that the hitter was imported from the old country"

The pro nature of this hit was the fact that it appears the shooter managed to follow Condello into the garage, shoot him more than 4 times, then flee before the garage door came down. Fast, efficiaent and invisible.

This theory may hold some water- a hit from Condello's "own side"- that is NOT to say Carlton crew, but rather from his money laundering connections in Italy. He was well connected in Italy- a hint of Calabrain Honor Society in the mix.

It's a known fact that Condello does not "go well" in Prison. When he got bail back in March '05, the following was presented to the court:
Condello's lawyer, Tony Howard, QC, told the Melbourne Magistrates Court that Condello's health had deteriorated while he was in solitary confinement at Barwon Prison.

Prison psychiatrist Daniel Sullivan told the court that "in layman's terms Mr Condello could be considered stir crazy".

Now while this may have been a ruse a la Gigante, the trouble with a ruse like this is that it may have been "lost in translation" back home in Italy. See, if news got back to Italy that a/ Condello can't cope with prison and b/ He's going to go down for the current charges and c/ he knows too much then you have a problem.

If he really can't cope with prison, then he's a vulnerable case- he could fold up for freedom. While plea bargains are not a possibility, he could get a reduced sentence for co operating...

To further boost this theory, The Others (as we no like to call them - Williams, Makbel crew) are either in jail (making it difficult to organise a hit) or on trial (Mokbel) and frankly have bigger fish to fry and don't want to draw undue attention to themselves.

But we'll leave the last word to Son Of Sly:
Mate, there is professional hitmen still free and walking around Melbourne.

One that was away on a gun charge who could of done this no worries at all- he got out before the Munster was knocked and is the prime suspect in his killing. MUI: Though Gatto "swears" it was Benji

As for the bashing.

Condello was there with a minder who joined in along with Radev's boys and two Coffin Cheaters from WA Troy Mercanti and another fella.

It was said that it kicked off because Mokbel called Mercanti a dog in jail, it kicked off because Condello and Gatto tried to hold court and they started giving orders and when Mokbel with his ego was having none of it, then it all kicked off and Mokbel had the shit kicked out of him.

Same reason The Munster got put off, trying to control people with egos that don't like being told what to do.

Hit the comments folks!!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

How The Age saw it

Since the killing, MUI has been past for alook and it all looks rather serene now.

And here's how The Age see it:

When death came in the night - In Depth -

Meanwhile the SMART, BRAVE, TOUGH and above all else SEXY AS HELL Zarah Garde-Wilson-Caine-Mokbel said: "Like, totally Whatever"

Zarah not phased

Hitman had to beat deadline

And beat it he did...

Hitman had to beat deadline - National -
Mario: I hardly knew Carl- includes info about Gatto

More updates. Analysis to follow

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Just a reminder...

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Condello Gunned Down

Is it the mounties or the Texas rangers who always get their man?

Either way:

"I can confirm that shortly before 10 pm, Mario Condello was shot dead in the driveway of a home here in North Road," acting Deputy Commissioner Simon Overland said.

Update 10:00 am
Gangland kingpin Mario Condello was shot repeatedly in his driveway despite heavy fortifications and security cameras to his East Brighton home.

Picture this: You are Simon Overland. You are chilling out- perhaps on a beach in Queensland. You are considering your future. Sure, Christine Nixon has signed on again so in the back of your mind is the thought that maybe you'll shoot for the big chair when she shuffles off to become a Jenny Craig poster girl or sumsuch. The Purana taskforce has kicked arse and taken names. Your stocks are high on the back of the arrests and apparent end of this gangland war. Some of the members of the team are being transferred out as the groups winds down. Life's good. You are relaxed.

Then WHAM! Condello goes down and it will be 12 months before the next wind down phase. These here are crazy times folks!

Let us declare- insider information or not- that this killing comes as a total, utter suprise. Most were calling that 2006 would be a year of consolodation, or rebuilding, of new players planning- but a hit on the likes of Mario Condello? Ex-fucking-traordinary. Un-frikin-believable.

Police fear that the murder of Condello could again spark Melbourne's tit-for-tat underworld war. While many of the main players are in jail, several violent criminals remain loyal to one principal who is in custody.

That's not all:

Mick Gatto, last year acquitted of the murder of gangland hitman Andrew "Benji" Veniamin, and three of the Carlton Crew arrived 10 minutes after police.

Lordy he must be nervous now. We though nothing could touch him now- but it seems that he should go to ground for a while- like for say, 25 years.

Police fear that the murder of Condello could again spark Melbourne's tit-for-tat underworld war. While many of the main players are in jail, several violent criminals remain loyal to one principal who is in custody.

Ok speculation time- based on some tidbits we have received this morning:
- Condello was going to do a deal with the cops and his own side had him knocked.
- New crew on the scene looking to make their mark by taking out someone of note (See Macchiavelli's noted work "The Prince")
- Last of the "others" from the non Carlton crew having a go.
- Freelance hitman collecting the $150 000 that was on offer for Condello's death from the Others.

No matter who did this- Condello being gunned down on the eve of his trial- the night before- is a huge message. Just huge. Killing him was one thing- but the timing is so ballsy and "perfect" that the first point named in speculations above may have more weight than the others...

Hit the comments folks!

Mario Condello Gunned down links:

ABC podcast of "AM" program (opens with Condello murder)
Herald Sun (will expire)
The Age

New links as they arrive:
9:05 am The ABC update
9:15 am Condello's Priest- The Age (insert witty "Vatican: CSI" joke here)
9:19 am The Age death toll
10:07 am "A New Chapter?" The Age
11:12 am The Age Screams heard as shots rang out
12:04 pm Game on? The Age
12:07 pm Video Sky News report
1:13 pm ABC news- Purana questioned
4:24 pm Gatto- watch your back- The Age

Google Search for Mario Condello on

Update: It's the mounties!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Corporal Williams reporting for duty sahh!!

*Updates* 8:45 am - It's been said that the Police Airwing- helicopters were buzzing around the Condello house on Sunday night- "for a good half hour". Speculation says that it is because Condello was killed that night.
8:45 am ABC 774- Jon Faine- Simon Overland says he knows not why the 'choppper was there- not related to the Condello death. Autopsy to take place.
Shortly before 10pm, Condello returned home and was gunned down out the front of his house and was found by his wife. The house has security cameras that may have filmed the killing- but that is only specualtion. Asssume there is NO FOOTAGE if this is a professional hit. A really professional hit- not a Faure and Goussis cock up.
Overland is sepculating that this may indeed be a "new phase in this current war" and that Purana would now work very hard to stop the tit for tat nature that we have seen o so many times before. Yeah... right.
Faine asks about Condello being on bail- and Overland admits that Purana opposed bail- not on the grounds that Condello was at risk, but rather because Purana (or rather the DPP) argued that witnesses were are risk if Condello was out on bail.
Police will be speaking to Mick Gatto- Gatto is said to be "co operative" ie not silent. Whatever that means.