FAMILY DEATH PUZZLES – Wednesday March 27 2013

– Two of the most unusual unsolved murders on Victoria Police Homicide Squad books are those of Vincenzo and Alfonso Muratore.
What is unusual is that the father and son were murdered in similar circumstances 28 years apart.
Both died after being blasted by a shotgun as they left their Hampton homes in the early hours.
Both worked in the Melbourne wholesale fruit and vegetable market and both were embroiled in Calabrian Mafia affairs.
Muratore Senior was deputy leader of the Melbourne Calabrian Mafia cell. More than two decades later, Muratore Junior was sounded out by dying Godfather Liborio Benvenuto about his readiness to take over as boss of the same cell.
Two men were charged and acquitted over the murder of Vincenzo Muratore, meaning his murder is still classed as unsolved.
Nobody has been charged over the murder of Alfonso.
Just as the killing of Vincenzo Muratore, 42, in 1964 shone a spotlight on illegality at the Victoria Market, the execution of Alfonso Muratore in 1992 again lifted the lid on extortion and other rackets at the wholesale market’s new base in Footscray Road.
What is not entirely clear is whether Alfonso (known to many as Fonse) Muratore, 39, was killed:
a) Because he was attempting to expose a Mafia-run, 50-cents-a-case extortion racket worth millions of dollars a year.
b) Because he left his Calabrian wife for good-looking Aussie aerobics instructor Karen Mansfield.
c) A mix of a and b.
The 50-cent racket basically meant Victorians were buying fruit and vegetables at artificially inflated prices – effectively a tax imposed by the Calabrian Mafia – and had been for years – Keith Moor


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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