Steve Banerjee, creator of the world famous male stripper troupe, The Chippendales, would do anything to protect his brand. And what a brand it was; at their peak the Chippendales were raking in millions of dollars a year. Controlling and consumed by greed, Steve had everything he could dream of thanks to his thrusting empire of man meat, but it was never enough. In the end he resorted to arson, extortion and murder to retain his power. Welcome to part one of our two part special on The Chippendales Murder.
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Aussie As Sources: Simon Tu: Drug courier found with $130 million in ‘ice’ after crashing into police cars jailed, Heath Parkes-Hupton, News.com.au, Sept 11, 2020. Lawyer Describes Client Who Crashed Into Police Carrying 260kg Of Meth As ‘Hopeless’, Tom Wood, Ladbible, Sept 10, 2020