– The hitman convicted of shooting dead Donald Mackay in July 1977 believes finding the anti-drug campaigner’s body cold help clear his name.
Convicted murderer James Bazley yesterday told the Herald Sun he had nothing to fear from the new search for Mr Mackay.
But Bazley, 87, is living in a dream world if he thinks if finding the body will help him in any way.
There is ample evidence it was he who dead Mr Mackay in a Griffith hotel carpark. He was chosen because the Calabrian mafia did not want the hit to look like one of theirs.
Bazley was convicted of conspiracy to murder Mr Mackay and the murders of Mr Asia gang drug couriers Douglas and Isabel Wilson.
He was released from prison in 2001.
“I hope police find the body. I know I didn’t do it and finding the body could clear my name,” Bazley said yesterday, before hanging up the phone at his Melbourne home.
NSW police yesterday continued their search of a lettuce farm at Hay. Griffith police were tipped off a year ago that Mr Mackay’s body had been dumped down a well or bore on the property.
Police said yesterday that after extensive inquiries they had uncovered “legitimate business links” between the farm and known suspects in the killing. They are combing an area that includes a dam and a well.
But Detective Superintendent Michael Willing said: “We need to be realistic. This is the latest of a number of searches conducted over many, many years.”
The killing of Mr Mackay was ordered by the mafia after the budding Liberal politician started a public campaign against its huge marijuana-growing operation in the Griffith area.
Police hope that if they find his body, it might yield evidence that could see those mafia bosses finally brought to justice.
Mr Mackay’s son, Paul, played an important role in convincing police to keep probing the killing.
The Herald Sun has seen a copy of a letter Paul Mackay wrote to NSW police chief Andrew Scipione in 2007, requesting a full review by the state’s Cold Case Unit.
“Three people were convicted in 1986 on charges relating to my father’s death, but these people were at the bottom of the criminal food chain,” his letter said.
“None of the (alleged) Griffith conspirators identified in the Woodward Royal Commission have ever been charged,” he wrote.
Several of those named by the commission still lived in Griffith and had prospered to an abnormal degree.
“The opinion of most Griffith residents is that these people literally can get away with murder and, to date, they effectively have,” Mr Mackay wrote. “Our family has received little justice and believes that this case remains unsolved.”
Hitman Bazley was charged by Victoria Police with conspiring to murder Mr Mackay, but couldn’t be charged with murder as the killing took place in NSW.
Gianfranco Tizzoni, who died in 1988, gave evidence that he helped Robert Trimbole organise the murder, ordered by Trimbole’s mafia bosses. Tizzoni said he recruited Bazley through Melbourne gunshop owner George Joseph.
Trimbole fled Australia and died in Spain in 1987 – 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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