Notorious killer Roger Rogerson dead at age 83

ALMOST 10 years after murdering student Jamie Gao inside a Padstow storage shed, disgraced NSW detective and Padstow Heights resident Roger Rogerson has died.

Rogerson and another former detective Glen McNamara were sentenced to life imprisonment for the execution-style killing of 20-year-old drug dealer Jamie Gao in 2014.
Gao, a university student, was shot dead on May 20, 2014, after Rogerson and McNamara lured him into a Padstow storage shed with promises of payment for drugs. Gao was killed in order for the men to steal 2.78kg of the drug ice, with an estimated potential value of more than A$9 million.
Rogerson, 83, who was taken from Long Bay to Prince of Wales Hospital last week after suffering a brain aneurysm, died on Sunday.
One of NSW’s most decorated cops, his career spiralled into controversy after he shot dead drug-dealer and armed-robber Warren Lanfranchi in 1981.
Attempts to have him charged with murder, supplying drugs, assault and bribery all failed, however he was eventually convicted of perverting the course of justice and spent time behind bars.
He served more time in prison for lying to the Police Integrity Commission in 1991.
He released a book in 2009, ‘The Dark Side’, which he described to The Torch at the time, as a collection of anecdotes, a selected memoir rather than an autobiography.
He said he decided to ignore the host of allegations levelled against him and stuck with “what I knew to be the truth”.
“Why waste my time answering accusations against me,” he said.
“The book would be greater than ‘War and Peace’ …”
Not mincing words was also a feature of Rogerson’s post-jail, public-speaking career with Mark ‘Jacko’ Jackson and Mark ‘Chopper’ Read on the pub and club circuit.