WELCOME HOME ‘LEE’ – Friday July 5 2013

– The double life of the man accused of the vampire gigolo killing was yesterday exposed as he arrived back in Melbourne to face justice.
The ‘Herald Sun’ can reveal Mark Adrian Perry, who is charged with the murder of Shane Chartes-Abbott, lived as a hard-working family man on the other side of the country during the six years after he left Victoria.
A handcuffed Mr Perry touched down at Melbourne Airport at 5:30pm yesterday.
The man for whom a $1 million reward had been offered was escorted by detectives to an unmarked police car on the tarmac.
Mr Perry, 45, will face Melbourne Magistrates Court today, accused of orchestrating the contract killing of Chartes-Abbott in June 2003.
Investigators are expected to ask whether he can shed light on a hitman’s allegations that police were involved in the killing of the gigolo and self-proclaimed vampire.
Mr Perry is alleged to have ordered the execution because Chartres-Abbott had assaulted his former partner.
Those who knew Mr Perry in Perth, where he was arrested on Tuesday night, said he was living under the name Lee Johns or Johnson.
They described him as a down-on-his-luck, friendly hard worker who pined for his wife and daughter and who turned up to his first day on the job at a small kitchen-making factory in 2007 wearing a rope for a belt.
His boss, feeling sorry for him, gave him a belt.
Mr Perry worked at QN Designs for a short stint, leaving suddenly without his last pay packet, only to return five years later still wearing the belt his boss had given him.
“I’ve still got your belt,” Mr Perry quipped.
A colleague said: “The first time (he worked here) he was basically looking over his shoulder the whole time. This time he was more relaxed.”
Well liked and never a problem, the long-haired and bearded Mr Perry rarely discussed his life outside of work, and was quick to learn.
He shied from being photographed. Just 10 days before his arrest he had moved, after boarding with an elderly woman since Christmas.
He had revealed to Terry Ridgeway that he had a wife and daughter, and seemed depressed. He also seemed interested in sailing, telling Mr Ridgeway he couldn’t work Saturdays because he would head out on the water with friends.
“In a sense I knew there was something wrong with his background,” Mr Ridgeway said.
“He would say, ‘If my brother could see me now’, but he was the only one he ever spoke about.”
Mr Ridgeway said he had thought Mr Perry was from the east coast and was in contact with someone there.
Mr Perry was seen last weekend with a man in his 30s who picked him up from work in a van.
Mr Ridgeway worried about Mr Perry’s depression, asking the company’s owner not to “load” him up with work.
“I think not had something to do with the wife around that time,” he said. “He was obviously taking to someone from the east.”
Mr Perry was asked to get his forklift licence and needed ID. He produced a passport with Lee Johns or Johnson.
“He’d always just rather just blend into the crowd.
“He didn’t want to make himself pronounced in any way. As for photographs, there was a time we asked, and he just shied away.” – Anthony Dowsley & Mark Buttler


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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