“The drive that made Fraser a star lawyer made him crash and burn”
not enough proof to convict him of Halvagis’s murder. Fraser had what the squad needed, a confession Dupas had made while pumping him for legal advice in jail.
Fraser would serve almost all his sentence before his cooperation was “rewarded”. That delay fits a pattern that began with his being put in with reviled sex killers – not just Dupas, but Bega schoolgirls’ killer Leslie Camilleri and Raymond “Mr Stinky” Edmunds – supposedly for his own protection. 11, 2006, they let him out. It was two hours earlier than scheduled but the friend picking him up had guessed that might happen and was waiting in the deserted car park.
The first day Fraser was at a rented unit in St Kilda, a wealthy friend delivered him some wine and a “loan”. Another mate, businessman Michael Elton, offered him a job in his suburban timber yard but then suggested he might rather work on Elton’s farm near Colac, out of the public eye.