Australian locksmith Paul Parsons was hoping for forever-afters when he married his second wife Donna, a wrestler from the UK who went by the stage name “The Welsh Dragon.” Unfortunately for Paul, Donna tired of their union and decided he was worth more to her dead than alive. So she hired an amatuer hitman who aspired to be a vigilant like his hero “the Crow.”
Fitness fanatic Russell ‘The Fox’ Cox loved yoga and jogging. He also dug guns and robbing banks. What he didn’t love was spending time in prison. After a daring escape from the unescapable Katingal in 1977, Russell spent nearly 11 years on the run, robbing banks up and down the eastern seaboard and even committing murder.
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Sources: The Welsh Dragon. Wrestler gets 23 years for husband’s murder, The Age, May 14, 2002. Housewife arrested after Australian killing, BBC News, 27 September, 200. Black Widows: Six notorious female killers who turned on their loved ones, Herald Sun, Staff writers, November 26, 2014. Meet Donna Marie Parsons, The Welsh Dragon, Herald Sun, Elissa Hunt, July 5, 2012. Woman Hired Hit Man To Kill Hubby, Wales Online, May 15 2002. R v Parsons; R v Stocker  VSCA 92 (26 May 2004). HITMAN MURDER; Woman hired man to kill husband, the Free Library.com, Alex Lemon, 2002. Down For the Count by Geoff Wilkinson, Mugshots A Classic Collection of Thugs, Drugs and Mugs, Wilkinson Publishing, 15-07-2019. Hit Men, John Kerr, Penguin eBooks, March 1 2010
Sources: The Cunning Fox: Russell ‘Mad Dog’ Cox released from jail, The World Today – Wednesday, 8 December , 2004 by Andrew Geoghegan. Deadly memories of Ian Revell Carroll bring a warning for Russell Cox, Russell “Mad Dog” Cox was calm for a dangerous robber – and not without humour by Andrew Rule, HeraldSun, January 4, 2013. Dead men do tell tales… By John Silvester, The Age, July 30, 2011. Tought Nuts, Russell Mad Dog Cox. Onlinew Opinion: The tale of Russell ‘The Fox’ Cox and the prison that never was By Bernie Matthews 6 December 2004. Long Bay: A Prison History Hardcover – 15 Apr 2018, by Patrick Kennedy.
Sources Aussie As: The humble heroics of Jason Donovan. Jason Donovan puts out neighbour’s fire in Notting Hill dressed only in his undies, News Corp Australia Network, October 3rd 2019. Jason Donovan a good neighbour as he goes out in pants to fight fire, The Guardian, October 3rd 2019. Neighbours star Jason Donovan helps woman who collapsed in London, News.com.au, June 4, 2019. Night the Viper Wiped Out “Cheesy” Jason, The Sydney Morning Herald,September 25, 2007. I Tried To Party With Kate and Johnny at the Viper Room, The Mirror, 24 SEP 2007.