Gangs Of Oz

CRIME & INVESTIGATION – Monday 9 May, 7.30pm

Back with its second series, Gangs of Oz uncovers brutal wars that are fought between powerful crime dynasties everyday on the street. Murder, intimidation and extortion are all just another day in the office for these gangs, as they fiercely protect their multi-million dollar businesses. Gangs Of Oz is a docu-drama series looking at different criminal gangs operating in Australia over the last few decades. Each episode examines the crime ‘families’ that operate with a deadly code of loyalty and secrecy.

CRIME & INVESTIGATION -Monday 4 April, 7.30pm

Every day on the streets, brutal wars are fought between powerful crime dynasties. Murder, intimidation and extortion are just another day in the office for these gangs as they fiercely protect their multi-million dollar businesses. Gangs of Oz is a docu-drama series looking at different criminal gangs operating in Australia over the last few decades. Each episode examines the crime ‘families’ that operate with a deadly code of loyalty and secrecy.

Monday 1 June, 8.30pm

New documentary series Gangs Of Oz tells the real stories of Australian crime’s first ‘families’, groups who stop at nothing in their quest for money and power (starting tonight at 8.30pm on TV ONE).

These stories of the Australian underworld are told for the first time by the people who know it best – the insiders, former or current gang members, relatives, victims and the police charged with the mission to stop the bloodshed.

The reach of organised crime in Australia is vast, varied and harrowing. Recent news events have shown the low price placed on a human life when it means a gang protecting its turf or exacting revenge on an enemy.

Gangs Of Oz, narrated by Colin Friels, explores the characters attracted to life in criminal gangs, why they run in such unsavoury packs, the lengths they are willing to go for their brothers and how they make their multi-million dollar operations work.

Each episode looks at a particular type of organised crime gang in Australia, whether it is under the banner of a bikie gang, forged along ethnic ties (eg: Middle Eastern or Asian), or a more traditional mafia ‘family’.

The gangs are elaborate and extraordinarily run collectives with their crooked fingers in all manner of criminal pies. Murder, torture, drug importation and trafficking, fraud, money laundering, counterfeit, forgery, firearms, theft, human trafficking for the sex trade and extortion – gangs in Australia are into the lot.

While their actions are hard to quantify, the Australian Crime Commission estimates organised crime gangs cost tax payers more than $10billion every year – and that’s before any attempt to put a dollar value on the lives lost.

Tonight’s opening episode looks at gangs with Middle Eastern ethnic links. “If they didn’t invent it, they perfected it,” says Middle Eastern Crime Squad boss, Detective Superintendent Ken McKay. Their hallmarks are drive-by shootings; 24-hour drug dealing outlets; car ‘rebirthing’; never taking a second thought when it comes to violence or intimidation; and a complete disdain for authority.

Gangs Of Oz gives a disturbing insight into gang life from the former right-hand man for one of Kings Cross’ most feared gang leaders, Danny Karam, and details to what led to his demise. This episode also revisits the havoc caused by a gang which called itself The Telopea St Boys, and explores an interfamily rivalry that gave Romeo and Juliet a run for its money, leading to great bloodshed.