The day Chicago came to Auckland in 1963 – the Bassett Rd machine gun murders…

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The bullet-ridden bodies of Frederick George Walker and Kevin James Speight were found in a house on Bassett Rd in Remuera, Auckland. A team of 32 detectives began an immediate search that led to the arrest of Ron Jorgensen and John Gillies.more…

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Peter Petterson

While the New Zealand public were shocked at this extremely violent crime committed by criminals armed with machine guns, as a young man in both Dunedin and then Auckland from 1964-66, I became aware of a underground crime scene perpetrated by New Zealand’s illegal drinking trade caused by the inane 6pm closing swill, that had been around since 1917 in World War 1 – ‘sly-grogging’, the illegal after hours trade. This was evident throughout NZ, in the main centres and in particularly Dunedin where the proceeds of burglaries also found their way through the hotels involved in the illegal after-hours trade. I would…

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Father of four, grandfather of thirteen, and great-grandfather of eight. Resides in Taita, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. Living happily in retirement and enjoying the company of my many young descendants.

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