Tough Nuts: Australia's Hardest Criminals - Alphonse Gangitano

CRIME & INVESTIGATION – Thursday 26 August, 7.30pm

He was known as the Black Prince of Lygon Street and was the most lethal member of Melbourne’s notorious Carlton Crew in the 1980s and 1990s. A forensic psychologist examines what turned Gangitano into a violent standover man and murderer. Gangitano came from a solid middle class background and loving family environment. There is no history of criminality in Gangitano’s family. Nature or nurture? The reasons for Gangitano’s life of crime don’t seem to sit in either category. But while other kids had posters of rock stars and sports personalities on their bedroom walls, Gangitano had a poster of Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone in the Godfather.

Through accounts of senior police and his criminal associates, Tough Nuts builds the profile on Gangitano, the boy who wanted to be a gangster when he grew up. We chart his crimes, the development of his pathological hatred of police and the event that took him over the edge – the affray at a Melbourne night club where Gangitano was arrested and where it seems, he decided to turn his back on a life of violent crime and go straight. But Gangitano was in too deep for a last minute epiphany. Gangitano learns that the superannuation package for gangsters doesn’t amount to more than a few grams of hot lead in the back of the head.

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