“The drive that made Fraser a star lawyer made him crash and burn”

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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.

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