with those hoons
newspaper’s website says the show doesn’t tell it like it was, and that that wouldn’t be so bad if they admitted dramatising and making bits up but it is promoted as a true story.
The Mercury accuses the makers of ignoring their own consultants, whose Underbelly book is accurate and doesn’t contain the blatant errors in the series.
“The whole Mackay/ Trimbole/Mr Asia affair is too important not to point out the Underbelly errors.
“Otherwise, generations of Australians too young to remember what really happened will have Underbelly’s distorted version implanted in their minds.”
And not just Australians.
Some of the nonfacts The Mercury lists from just the first episode alone: • Trimbole didn’t meet Clark until the year after Mackay was murdered, yet Underbelly has them discussing the still-alive Mackay and even has Clark just about dar- ing Trimbole to do something about him. • To suggest Trimbole had any role, let alone an important one, in the Great Bookie Robbery is laughable. • Trimbole never confronted Don Mackay at a political rally in Griffith. Mackay’s son Paul is not aware his father and Trimbole ever met or spoke. • Trimbole wasn’t with crooked cops in a Griffith restaurant the night Mackay was murdered, something Underbelly made much of. He was in a motel in Sydney where he made a big thing of complaining about the wine. He also left a big tip so the waitress would recall him, aiding his alibi. • Clark didn’t come back covered in blood after killing Harry “Pommy” Lewis and then leap into bed with the perpetually naked girlfriend without taking his bloodstained clothes off. Her evidence was that she didn’t see Clark until three days after the murder – and he certainly wasn’t wearing bloodstained clothes then. • The Victorian woman detective getting a tip that somebody was scouting around Melbourne for a hitman to do a job in Sydney never happened. Victoria’s police only became aware five years later of the sequence of events in the Mackay murder.
And verdict on the fiction about his father’s murder: “I’m disappointed that the show went to air with a number of historical errors.
“The producers claim these errors, most of which they were aware of, help tell the essential truth.
“I can’t see how screening events that never occurred help to tell a truth.”
A “sense of what happened”?
Digging up old misery for innocent families and shot full of deliberate error.
I rest my case – with one last witness whose testimony I value.
From a long time ago and a distance away, a message from Murray Williams, a key member of that Auckland Star Mr Asia investigative team and now in rural New South Wales.
Murray knows plenty about Mr Asia and Clark.
He was the man who penetrated the Mr Asia Singapore headquarters for us after Johnstone’s murder and returned with evidence and photos.
He also flew with me to Perth to make crucial jail contacts there which were the likely basis for Johnstone being arrested and extradited and, I believe, prompted Clark to kill him. His verdict: “Our reactions on Australian television’s Mr Asia stuff are identical.
“It was served up in typical local style, the producers having hit on a formula developed to cash in on the Melbourne police/ gangland corruption scandal of years ago.
“No, I’m not watching either.”