Brenda Nicholas was a con artist and thief who preyed on elderly people. She often pretended to be a tarot reader named “Lady Monica,” who gained their trust before taking them for all they were worth. In 2011, she and her ragtag gang of petty criminals stabbed 70-year-old Navy veteran and two-time Purple Heart recipient Patrick Fleming to death, just so they could steal his valuable coin collection.
Lovable rogue Michael “Melbourne Mick” Sayers was always looking for the next sure thing. This chronic punter had a life-long pathological addiction to gambling. Mick had it so bad, he would bet on anything and do whatever it took to feed his habit, including race fixing, armed robbery, drug dealing and murder. Drinking buddies with the likes of Neddy Smith and Graham Henry, after the fixing of Fine Cotton, in the end all he had to wager was the last thing of value he had… his life.
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Aussie As: A mullet-wearing bloke with face-tattoo’s goes on a rather unique robbery spree.
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Brenda Nicholas Sources: Killer Scammer: The True Story Of Brenda Nicholas, 2017, Ana Benson, Woman sentenced in vicious killing of Seattle veteran, Seattle News, Sara Jean Green, August 9, 2013,
Seattle woman charged in gruesome murder of elderly Navy vet, Komo News, Conor Christofferson, November 1st 2012. Man arrested in Seattle torture, stabbing dea, Seattle 911 Police and Crime Blog, Casey McNerthney, August 17, 2012. Vietnam Veteran Francis Patrick Fleming, US Navy, Targeted & Stabbed to Death By Brenda Nicholas & Charles Jungbluth for $60,000 Coin Collection, Military Justice For All, December 8th, 2011. Torture, rare coins, psychic readings key elements in brutal slaying, Kiro7 News, November 8th, 2012. 3rd person charged in December slaying of North Seattle man, the Seattle Times, Jennifer Sullivan, November 1st, 2012. Woman sentenced in vicious killing of Seattle veteran, the Seattle Times, Sara Jean Green, August 9, 2013. Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen “Senseless in Seattle,” Season 1, episode 5
Mick Sayers Sources: The Advertisier, Moran ‘boasted’ she had hubby Les killed by Mark Buttler and Padraic Murphy, March 10, 2011. Tough Nuts: The Gambler. The Advertisier, A life of lies that led to murder
Paul Anderson, March 10, 2011. The Age, Moran’s last, fatal mistake, April 1, 2004. Gangland mum and former showgirl Judy Moran took up where Carl Williams left off, Paul Anderson, HeraldSun, June 21, 2013. Sydney Morning Herald, Man charged over Moran slaying, August 17, 2004. Sydney Morning Herald, Underworld man shot in daylight hit, June 22, 2003. Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney’s deadliest pub crawl, October 4, 2005. Cowardly gunmen hiding in the night, Janet Fife-Yeomans, DailyTelegraph, January 14, 2012. Mr Rent-a-Kill’s widow Kathleen Flannery says she was offered $50,000 from Roger Rogerson, Janet Fife-Yeomans, The Daily Telegraph, March 12, 2019. The Real George Freeman: Thief, race-fixer, standover man and underworld crim. By Tony Reeves. Hit Men, By John Kerr.
Aussie As Sources: Update: Tattooed, mullet-wearing vibrator thief arrested over string of robberies, MyGC.com.au, Matt McDonald, July 15th, 2019, Gold Coast sex toy theft: Police seeking man with face tattoos over allegedly stealing vibrators, the Gold Coast Bulletin, Kirstin Payne, July 11th, 2019