Charlie Webb’s World
Meet Sydney Patrick “Baccarat King” Kelly
When Webb was twenty-five, Sydney Kelly was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment and 15 lashes of the cat o’ nine tails for razor slashing, his favoured way of exacting retribution. In one instance, after having been bested in a fight he gathered together a couple of accomplices and made his way to the home of the man who had humiliated him where they overpowered and held him down while Kelly bent over and slashed the man’s face.
Kelly was a close associate of Norman Bruhn.
Meet Norman Bruhn
When Webb was twenty-two Norman Bruhn was shot and killed at Darlinghurst in Sydney eight months after he was allegedly forced to leave Melbourne for Sydney by rival Squizzy Taylor.
Bruhn was dockworker, gunman, thief, stand-over man and pimp who became known for his garroting skills. He became a member of Sydney’s infamous razor gangs before being murdered.
Meet Squizzy Taylor (again)
When Webb was twenty-two Squizzy Taylor, a member of the Bourke Street Rats was killed in a shoot-out with Snowy Cutmore. The diminutive Taylor was a murderer, thief, pickpocket, stand-over man, shop-breaker, sly grog artist, pimp, cocaine dealer and illegal baccarat school owner. His schoolyard nickname was the result of a habitual squint in one of his eyes.
Meet Joseph Cotter.
When Webb was seventeen Cotter took a potshot at Squizzy Taylor, hitting him in the thigh, hence the crutches and phalanx of body guards in the above pic. Cotter had one of the worst WW1 war service records on file and was involved in all sorts of criminal endeavours when finally discharged.
Meet Snowy Cutmore
Webb was twenty-two when Cutmore and Squizzy Taylor shot it out in a pistol duel. When the police arrived they found Cutmore dead in his bed, his mother and Taylor both wounded, Taylor died soon after been taken to hospital. Cutmore’s mother survived.
Meet James Coates
When Webb was forty-two when the internationally known con man Coates was shot and killed after attempting to enter the protection racket by way of Melbourne’s illegal baccarat schools. Coates was hated and feared as a double-dealer and possible informer.
Meet Freddie ‘The Frog’ Harrison.
Ten years after Webb was found dead Harrison, who was suspected of murdering James Coates had half his head blown off by a shotgun at South Wharf in Melbourne in 1958 .. proving that hatreds ran deep in the Melbourne underworld.
Meet Angus Murray
When Webb was nineteen Murray was the last man hanged at the Old Melbourne Goal after being found guilty of the murder of T.R. Berriman, bank manager. When Murray was arrested he was found to be in a house along with Squizzy Taylor and Ida Pender.
Meet Ida Pender, wife of Squizzy Taylor.
When Webb was forty (about) he was known to be employed as a nit-keeper at one of Melbourne’s illegal baccarat schools.
When Webb was forty-one he terminated a violent and abusive relationship with his wife. He also attempted suicide in the same year by overdosing on phenobarbital.
When Webb was forty-three he was found dead under suspicious circumstances on an Adelaide beach.
Russel Street detectives believe the unknown man whose body was found on Somerton Beach, Adelaide on December 1 was well-known in Melbourne baccarat circles.
When Webb was ….. ? his brother Roy married the daughter of Joe Gavey, an infamous Melbourne criminal, also at the wedding was one Charles Alsop, a criminal associate of Gavey’s. Both men were known to be associates of Squizzy Taylor. It is safely assumed that Charlie Webb was at the wedding.
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