– The execution of “vampire” gigolo Shane Chartres-Abbott set off a chain reaction that still reverberates a decade later.
Careers were ruined, a global manhunt was triggered and police were named as suspects in a crime that shocked Melbourne.
His was another brutal slaying in a city then in the grip of gangland warfare.
But Chartes-Abbott’s demise was different.
About 8:45am on June 4th, 2003, the male prostitute, on trial for raping a client and biting off part of her tongue, was gunned down by two men as he left his Reservoir home for court.
His horrified girlfriend watched as the killers shot the 24-year-old in the neck, then bashed her father.
Dozens of police, the dog squad and a helicopter failed to find those who carried out what was believed to be a contract killing.
A week earlier, a court heard bizarre claims that Chartres-Abbott had told a client and occasional lover he was a 200-year-old vampire who drank blood to survive.
He was accused of attacking and raping the woman, 30, after they arranged to meet at a South Yarra hotel.
The sex worker suffered black eyes, swelling, bruising to her neck and jaw, and teeth marks in her right thigh. Several centimetres of her tongue were ripped out.
She was the ex-girlfriend of Mark Adrian Perry, who allegedly paid $200,000 to have Chartes-Abbott killed.
Four years later, Mr Perry fled as police closed in.
A $1 million reward was issued for information leading to his arrest.
Considered a master of disguise, he had previously escaped police attempts to question him. He is believed to have severed ties with his daughter and five siblings.
The 45-year-old was last seen in Queensland, at a Broadbeach cafe in August 2007, days before he fled.
In March this year, a court heard the man who shot Chartes-Abbott paid a police officer $1500 for his alibi. Prosecutor Andrew Tinney, SC, said the man, called JP for legal reasons, shot Chartres-Abbott.
He said an arrest warrant for traffic offences was served on him later that day by a friend, a then detective named Peter Lalor, and that the killer gave the officer $1500 to “have a drink” after he was bailed.
Mr Tinney said JP was not even suspected until he confessed in 2006, implicating two others in the death, and one former and one serving police officer for helping.
Evangelos Goussis, 45, and a 41-year-old who cannot be named, were charged with murder last year.

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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