A BIT RICH: Millionaire crime writer dishes out dirt, potentially compromising serious investigation

johnsilvester The Age newspaper today published purported details of a Police investigation into a senior Victorian minister. The leak itself may well be subject to an investigation itself, possibly by the Victorian Ombudsman or the Office of Police Integrity, according to those familiar with the matter.

The Age’s crime reporting multi-millionaire John Silvester is clearly very well connected with Victoria Police. His ability to extract leaks from members of the Police have today raised concerns about whether they’ll be handling the investigation into decade old claims against senior Victorian minister Theophanous properly and professionally.

Silvester was able to do what none of the political journalists or the Minister himself were able to do when making inquiries by finding out the specifics of the Police probe. It does seem odd that The Age’s crime reporter is able to find out more than the senior figures in the government. Why?

The wealthy journalist has very high level sources within the Police command, with very few of its secrets safe from his persistent inquiry. His father Fred Silvester was a former assistant commissioner for VicPol and was later the head of the Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence.

Silvester told La Trobe University students once “I was a beer-drinking layabout who fell into a career without any plans…” and that “I grew up around law enforcement.”

The writer has done well to convert his father’s contacts into his own.

Silvester is now of course a big deal in his own right, writing the highly profitable Underbelly series of books, that formed the basis of the even more profitable hit Underbelly TV series that appeared on the Nine Network and turned various drug-peddling and violent criminals into celebrities, often posthumously.

His colleagues at the Age don’t like him, no doubt provoked by wage-slave jealousy, accusing him of swaggering around The Age “like an aging, rich rockstar” and suggesting he “plays by his own rules, getting rich writing books while also double-dipping here.”

Another scribe said “He looks and talks like a cop. I think he likes to pretend he is one. He is far too close to his sources in a way that makes a lot of people very uncomfortable. He is Melbourne’s JK Rowling of true crime.”

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8 responses to “A BIT RICH: Millionaire crime writer dishes out dirt, potentially compromising serious investigation

  1. snony

    I don’t quite follow….is this man being criticised for his success? How very left wing of you.

  2. Anonymous

    The Police Commisioner of Tasmania was charged today with leaking police information – who at Victoria Police will suffer the same fate?

  3. Whisperer

    Also known as sly.
    Well known as both a puppet of Crooks and crooked Police for spreading all sorts of rumour gossip and misinformation.
    Hence the nickname Sly.
    Trusted by none but used by all.
    The whisperer knows all.

  4. A top journo who cannily used his father’s position and contacts to forge a successful career. he will not lose sleep over this attack. those at the Age who criticise him anonymously would have one tenth the number of genuine scoops to their names combined.

  5. Denis

    He is teh best investigative journo in Australia. If only we had more like him. That is what journos are emant to do – break news – and he is a news breaker.

  6. anon

    He looks like a cross between Uncle Fester from the Addams Family and Hannibal Lecter from Silence Of The Lambs.

  7. Anonymous

    Silvester is a cheap hack. Never worries about the truth getting in the way of a good beat-up.

  8. Anon

    Jealous LANDERYOU….slys haircut is better than yours

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