Tough Nuts: Australia's Hardest Criminals - Dennis Allen

CRIME & INVESTIGATION – Thursday 30 September, 7.30pm

Dennis Allen was the oldest son of Melbourne crime matriarch, Kath Pettingill. While the remainder of her sons are criminals and some of them vicious killers, not one comes close to the utter brutality of Dennis Allen. His first major crime was appalling in its brutality – the abduction and rape of a 19 year old woman. Serving six years of a nine year sentence, Allen left the prison gates with the contacts to become a major drug dealer. Allen would traffic in amphetamines and heroin and became one of Melbourne’s biggest suppliers. Allen had a way of cutting out his competitors. He became a police informer, making anonymous calls to police to give up his rivals.

When that didn’t work, he turned to murder. He is suspected of committing 11 murders. He knew no loyalty, had no friends and regarded his family as servants to use at his disposal. Tough Nuts develops the profile on Australia’s most sadistic crime lord. A product of an appalling home as a young boy who then received his masters degree in crime while behind the walls of one of Australia’s most notorious prisons, Allen would only know one way: his way or death. Allen died of natural causes while awaiting trial for the murder of James Stanhope, as well as weapons and drug offences. Known to have injected pure amphetamines into his veins, Allen’s heart collapsed under the strain. He was dead at 38 years of age.

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