Tough Nuts: Australia’s Hardest Criminals

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.

CRIME & INVESTIGATION – Thursday 29 July, 7.30pm

The latest offering from the channel that brought you the smash hit series, Crime Investigation Australia. Tough Nuts: Australia’s Hardest Criminals is the next exclusive series from Crime & Investigation Network. Lift the lid on the most notorious men in Australian crime. What made them? What shaped them? What took them to the top and then tipped them over the edge? Featuring never seen before interviews, unprecedented access, expert analysis, psychological profiling and high quality reconstructions. The real stories of the complex and violent relationships between Australia’s most pre-eminent criminals from Christopher “Rent-a-kill” Flannery to Lenny “Mr Big” McPherson. Behind every gangster and cold blooded killer dwells a fascinating mix of family and outsider, of friend and enemy, mate and monster. Hosted by crime-writer Tara Moss.

CRIME & INVESTIGATION – Thursday 24 June, 7.30pm

The latest offering from the channel that brought you the smash hit series, Crime Investigation Australia. Tough Nuts: Australia’s Hardest Criminals is the next exclusive series from FOXTEL’s, Crime & Investigation Network. Lift the lid on the most notorious men in Australian crime. What made them? What shaped them? What took them to the top and then tipped them over the edge? Featuring never seen before interviews, unprecedented access, expert analysis, psychological profiling and high quality reconstructions. The real stories of the complex and violent relationships between Australia’s most pre-eminent criminals from Christopher “Rent-a-kill” Flannery to Lenny “Mr Big” McPherson.

Behind every gangster and cold blooded killer dwells a fascinating mix of family and outsider, of friend and enemy, mate and monster. Hosted by crime-writer Tara Moss. The first episode looks at Christopher Flannery. He was a killer for hire and ran a criminal enterprise known as Rent-a-kill Incorporated. Feared by everyone in the Melbourne and Sydney crime scene, Flannery had an endless array of victims.