In August 1995, Mark Winger shot a man named Roger Harrington twice in the head. Mark said he’d heard a noise and come upstairs to find Roger beating his beloved wife Donnah Winger to death with a hammer. After Roger’s death, investigators soon determined that Mark had acted in self-defence. Sounds like a pretty straight forward case, doesn’t it?
Bulgarian born Nikolai “The Russian” Radev was a nasty piece of work whose hobbies included extortion, blackmail and armed robbery. He had a well deserved reputation for viciousness and brutality in the Melbourne Underbelly. Fortunately for the rest of the world this awful awful rapist, murderer and career criminal would die the way he lived.
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Aussie As: Train streaker cheered through packed train slip’n’slide.
Mark Winger Sources: Donna Brown Pland to Wed Mark Winger, NY Times, 17 July, 1988. A Witness Comes Forward, CBS News, Mary-Jayne McKay, Jan 15, 2003. Was Mark Winger A Hero Or A Killer? CBS News, David Kohn, Jan 15, 2003. 48 Hours, “An Invitation To A Murder,” Sept 5, 2009. Forensic Files “A Welcome Intrusion,” 27 August, 2003. Prosecutors say man Concocted Story About Stalker Killing Wife, Daily Herald, May 21, 2002. Man charged in two 1995 deaths, Chicago Tribune, Linda Rockey, Aug 24, 2001. Wife finds new life after husband’s murder conviction, The Southeast Outlook, Patti Smith, Jun 14, 2012. Winger Gets Another 35 Years In Murder For Hire Case, The State Journal Register, Chris Dettro, Jul 24, 2007. People Vs Winger, APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS FOURTH DISTRICT, Nov 8, 2016.
Nikolai Radev Sources: DailyTelegraph, Locked up with pervs ‘for safety’, March 14, 2008. Sydney Morning Herald, Tortured man who defrauded ATO sentenced, March 14, 2008. Herald Sun, Conman stressed by gangland torture session, by Kate Uebergang, March 12, 2008. The Age, Wise guys, tough guys, dead guys, December 14, 2003. Sydney Morning Herald, Real criminal wives bust the gangster’s moll myth, by Andy Park, February 27, 2012. Tough Nuts, Nikolai Radev, The Invader. The Age, Bulgarian Nick dies in flurry of shots, April 17, 2003. Herald Sun, Career criminal Nikolai Radev gunned down in a Coburg street, by Paul Anderson, April 17, 2003. The Age, New lead in Bulgarian Nik’s killing, December 13, 2003. The Age, Six named in underworld investigations, December 23, 2003. The Age, Why gangland’s bloody code is hard to crack, April 20, 2003. Wikipedia.org, Nik_Radev.
Aussie As Sources: Train streaker cheered through packed train slip’n’slide , Phoebe Loomes, News.com.au, July 11, 2019. Melbourne train streaker slips and slides across Metro train, Nick D’Urbano, Herald Sun, July 11, 2019.