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Southbank underworld case reopened

16 Apr 2013

By Sean Car

Police have recently launched a fresh probe into the 1971 disappearance of Melbourne waterfront victim Alfred “The Ferret” Nelson.

Nelson, 47, went missing in 1971 following a bitter dispute between the factions of the notorious Painters and Dockers Union.

Whilst his body has not been found, the only evidence discovered was Nelson’s car which was pulled out of the Yarra River at 21 South Wharf after being discovered by a police diver in 1972.

At the time, high levels of excitement surrounded the discovery, as police had initially believed Nelson’s body might be in the car boot. However, this was not the case.

Homicide squad chief Kevin Carton had raised the possibility at the time that Nelson’s body had floated out through the open front windows of the car.

After police divers spent several days searching the Yarra they failed to find any trace of Nelson.

The two original suspects, mafia hitman James Bazley and associate Painter and Docker Billy “The Texan” Longley were said to be quizzed by police regarding their possible role in the disappearance.

Police have urged anyone with information on the Nelson case to call crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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