HOLLY BYRNES OUT OF THE BOX

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THERE have been a few por­traits of Syd­ney crime king, the late Ge­orge Free­man. Pen­ning his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy in 1988, the man him­self ad­mit­ted to get­ting a rough start in life, which led to petty crimes and sev­eral stints in the vi­o­lent world of the NSW ju­ve­nile jus­tice sys­tem.

The ex­tent of that hor­ror pe­riod has only just been re­vealed with an ABC in­ves­ti­ga­tion this month ex­pos­ing the abuse – phys­i­cal, sex­ual and psy­cho­log­i­cal – meted out at an in­sti­tu­tion for boys in Tam­worth.

When Chan­nel 9’s Un­der­belly fran­chise turned its at­ten­tion to Free­man’s reign in A Tale Of Two Cities, it was former Fly­ing Doc­tors star Peter O’brien who show­cased him as a vi­o­lent stan­dover man who or­dered killings but kept his hands clean of the drug trade.

He had all the trim­mings of the Amer­i­can-style mafioso: white suits, gold jew­ellery, flash cars and fast women.

In Tough Nuts: Aus­tralia’s Hard­est Crim­i­nals, the pro­duc­ers paint Free­man as a man who lived up to his po­ten­tial as an ac­com­plished

Crime boss: Ge­orge Free­man

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