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Carl Anthony Williams (born 13 October 1970) is an Australian convicted drug trafficker from Melbourne, Victoriamarker, currently serving life imprisonment with a non-parole period of 35 years for his ordering of the murders of three victims of the Melbourne gangland killings and the failed conspiracy to murder a fourth.

Williams enlisted the help of others willing to perform the contract killings in exchange for large payments of cash, with the exception of Mark Moran, who was gunned down outside his home, by Carl Williams, just after 8pm on June 15, 2000. Williams is currently detained in the maximum security Acacia unit of HM Prison Barwonmarker near Geelongmarker. Williams will be 71 before he is eligible for parole.

Williams was portrayed by Gyton Grantley in the 2008 television series Underbelly, based on the events surrounding the Melbourne gangland wars from 1995 through to 2004.

Early life

Williams attended Broadmeadows tech College, leaving in Year 11. He was married to convicted drug trafficker Roberta Williams (born 23 March 1969), with whom he had one child, Dhakota (born 10 March 2001). Williams held various labour jobs before opening a children's clothing store in partnership with his wife, which eventually failed.

On 25 November 1999, Williams, along with his father, George, and another associate were arrested and charged with drug trafficking after a raid on a Broadmeadowsmarker illegal drug factory. In excess of 250,000 amphetamine tablets were seized by police, estimated to be worth up to $20 million. Williams is also alleged to have had links with Melbourne drug dealer "The Fence".

Williams, who described himself as a semi-professional gambler, was banned from the Crown Casinomarker complex on 2 April 2004 by police commissioner Christine Nixon under the Casino Control Act.

Melbourne gangland killings

On 13 October 1999, Williams was shot in the abdomen by Jason Moran during an argument with Jason and Mark Moran in Gladstone Parkmarker. This event gave rise to a lengthy violent turf war known popularly as the Melbourne gangland killings.

Murder of Jason Moran

Jason Moran and associate Pasquale Barbaro were shot dead sitting in Moran's car at a football club in Essendonmarker, on 21 June 2003 by Victor Brincat. Carl Williams ordered Victor Brincat and Thomas Hentschel to do the murders. The location of the shooting was reported to be behind the Cross Keys Hotel in Strathmore, Victoriamarker. Moran's two children were also in the car.

Murder of Michael Marshall

Marshall was shot outside his luxury South Yarramarker home in front of his five-year-old son on 25 October 2003.

Thomas Hentschel pled guilty to Marshall's murder.

Murder of Mark Mallia

Mark Mallia was an associate of murdered underworld criminal, Nik Radev. At 8.05 am a fire was reported in a stormwater drain in Sunshinemarker. Fire brigade members attending to the fire recovered a wheelie bin containing the remains of a charred body inside, later identified as Mallia.

Murder of Mark Moran

Mark Moran was shot on June 15 2000 after arriving at his luxury home in Aberfeldiemarker.

Murder of Lewis Moran

Lewis Moran was shot dead in the inner-city Brunswickmarker Club on 31 March 2004.

Arrest and confession

On 28 February 2007, Williams pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court of Victoriamarker to the murders of Lewis Moran, his son Jason Moran and Mark Mallia (whose name was initially suppressed by the court).

Williams also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder gangland rival Mario Condello. A suppression order prevented the media from reporting this until the day of sentencing. Under a deal with police, Williams was not charged for his alleged involvement in orchestrating the murder of Mark Moran, Jason Moran's half brother.

It was also revealed that Williams is currently serving a sentence of 21 years for the 2003 murder of Michael Marshall. The outcome of this trial had been previously suppressed.

Recent events

Williams' mother Barbara was found dead in her Melbourne home on 22 November 2008. She had been suffering from depression.

Summary of criminal convictions

Date Conviction Sentence
May, 1990 Handling stolen goods

Possession of stolen property

Failing to answer bail
Fined $400
March, 1993 Criminal damage

Throwing a missile
Sentenced to 150 hours community work
December, 1994 Attempting to traffic in a drug of dependence Sentenced to 12 months imprisonment (six months suspended for a period of two years)
29 October 2004 Drug trafficking Sentenced to 7 years imprisonment
19 July 2006 Murder of Michael Marshall Sentenced to 27 years imprisonment

21 years non-parole period
7 May 2007 Murder of Jason Moran Sentenced to life imprisonment
7 May 2007 Murder of Mark Mallia Sentenced to life imprisonment
7 May 2007 Murder of Lewis Moran Sentenced to 25 years imprisonment
7 May 2007 Conspiracy to murder Mario Condello Sentenced to 25 years imprisonment


  1. R v Williams (2007) VSC 131, Supreme Court of Victoria, 7 May 2007
  2. The Daily Telegraph- Serial killer called the shots
  3. Boys in the hood, The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 February 2008
  4. Carl Williams, The Age, 9 June 2004
  5. Shand. A, Big Shots, Penguin Group, 2007
  6. Third Williams victim revealed, The Age, 1 March 2007
  7. Carl Williams' mother found dead, ABC, 22 November 2008
  8. R v Williams & Foletti (2004) VSC 424), Supreme Court of Victoria, 29 October 2004

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