Sunday August 25 2013

– A special taskforce will investigate the cold case car-bomb execution of Melbourne businessman John Furlan.
A 10-month review of he killing has unearthed fresh clues and more suspects in the murder mystery, which happened 15 years ago this month.
The Sunday Herald Sun can reveal Mr Furlan told a mate he believed he was being followed in the period before his death.
And a family member has also told of receiving a late-night telephone call in which a fearful Mr Furlan said he had been threatened.
Four detectives from the Arson and Explosives Squad will be assigned to chase down unexplored leads in the Furlan case.
The case review, which began in October last year, has identified two surviving strong suspects and up to 15 other people who may have peripheral involvement in the crime.
Two other suspects are dead.
They are gangland figure Domenico Italiano, who died in a drug-fuelled sex session with a prostitute, and career criminal Philip Lander, who took his own life.
One theory was that Italiano – a member of the famous Melbourne mafia family – ordered Furlan’s death because he feared he would assist police investigate corrupt raffles he was running. But investigators are now looking at other potential motives.
Police say a friend of Mr Furlan had told investigators his mate thought he was being followed prior to his death.
Mr Furlan died when his Subaru Liberty exploded under the massive force of a bomb as he drove along Lorensen Avenue, Coburg North, on his way to work on August 2nd, 1998.
Lander, who also used the surname Matthews, is suspected of building the bomb, then planting it directly under Mr Furlan’s seat.
The vehicle had been parked unattended behind a gate at his home in the days prior as he took a trip to Tasmania.
Detective Senior-Sergeant Jeff Maher of the Arson and Explosives Squad, who as a Homicide Squad officer led the initial investigation, said the crime was shocking and could have killed many more people.
“We don’t forget the jobs and I didn’t forget that one,” he said. “It’s not over ’til the fat lady sings. People should know these things don’t go away.”
Senior-Sergeant Maher said, for investigative reasons, he could not outline the kind of explosive used or whether it was detonated by remote control or a timing device.
But he said a closer look at the involvement of Lander could yet push the inquiry along.
“That has been explored but I don’t think its now been filly explored. There’s more we can do on that,” he said.
Mr Furlan owned a vehicle salvage business in Glenroy and lived on Sydney Road, Coburg – 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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