Metastasi, by Gianluigi Nuzzi & di Bella
The Spying Game [Pan McMillan 2001] by Frank J Monte
The Spying Game [Vapula Press 2003] by Frank J Monte
Athina, The Last Onassis, by Chris Hutchins.
Jack Nicholson, An actor on the Edge, by Peter Thompson.
Jackie after Jack, by Christopher Andersen.
Gianni Versace, Fashions Last Emperor, by Lowry Turner.
Vulgar Favors, by Maureen Orth
Rocky Goes West, by Paul Toohey.
Death at Every Stop, by Wensley Clarkson.
Versace Undressed, A Biography, by Christopher Mason.
Famous, by Anthony Haden-Guest
Thursday, December 9, 2010 The Australian
The Versace Mafia Claims & The Australian Link
The story is so hot in Italy that the media there has gone into meltdown. On December 2nd respected investigative journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi published his new book Metastasi; A Chronicle of 'Blood & Money".
In Metastasi Mafia Godfather Giuseppe di Bella, now a police supergrass says that fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered by the notorious Calabrian Mafia N’drangheta, a little known but feared group with close ties to South American drug lords.
di Bella says that he and his fellow mobsters laundered billions of dollars for the South Americans by filtering it through legitimate businesses and one of them was the Versace fashion empire to the tune of $200M a year.
He claims that Gianni Versace was taking so much money out of his fashion business and taking so much cocaine he was beginning to believe the money belonged to him. di Bella says a hit was ordered on Versace to teach others a lesson.
And he says the reported killer of Versace, Andrew Cunanan was a patsy and was himself murdered by the Mafia.
Giancarlo Capaldo, of the Rome based anti Mafia department, said: 'We have opened a file into what Di Bella says - he is an informer and his information in the past has always proved correct.'
In a statement the Versace family said: 'The declarations from the informer are false and shameful.
Gianni Versace, whose celebrity friends included Diana, Princess of Wales, Elton John, Madonna and Naomi Campbell was shot at close range in the back of the head on the steps of his Miami mansion on July 15, 1997 in what detectives at the time speculated had the hallmarks of a mob hit.
Cunanan was found dead several days later on Miami houseboat. It was claimed to be a suicide.
But the Versace Mafia claims are not new.
Ten years ago Santo and Donatello Versace took Australian private eye Frank Monte to court in Sydney after he published a book, The Spying Game in which he detailed the very same claims. The Versaces won their case and the book was pulped. But undaunted he eventually Re Published with another Publisher.
While few questions were asked at the time about why the Versaces bothered coming all the way to the Sydney Supreme Court to take on Monte something quite different was happening in Italy.
Numerous Italian publications said that it was common knowledge that Gianni Versace and the Mafia were ln bed together.
While Monte was on the receiving end of criticism in the Australian media, the opposite was happening in Italy. He was being hailed as a hero for exposing the Versace empire as a fashion fairy tale just too good to be true. They treated him as the underdog in the Sydney trial. Meanwhile Italian newspapers published photographs of Gianni leaving by boat from his lavish villa on Lake Como accompanied by known Mafia members.
The local Australian media has all but ignored the di Bello story but in Italy, the UK and the USA the story is gaining traction. At least 2 major British newspapers are to shortly publish lurid details of the Versace empire and both have contacted Monte.
Now this journalist has seen a copy of a manuscript written not long after the Versace shooting-The Miami Jigsaw. The author received several credible death threats at the time and decided not to publish. The manuscript contains numerous never before published details of the Versace and Cunanan deaths in Miami, much of it sourced from detectives who worked on the case.
There are details that possibly didn't seem that important at the time but with the Gianluigi Nuzzi book now become very pertinent.
Such as the fact that ownership of the houseboat on which Andrew Cunanan's body was found linked back to a known Mafia member and was a base for mob members. Despite the well publicised details of Cunanan's trip across the USA from California to Miami on a serial murder spree, no publication at the time mentioned his stay in Las Vegas before the trip began.
In FBI records there are details of Cunanan receiving large sums of money in Vegas despite having no job or income with photos of him meeting with mob members. In police reports the pathologist who examined Cunanan's body said that the claim that he had died 8 days after Versace was dubious and that he may have in fact, died before Versace.
Witnesses say the man who shot Versace yelled a known Mafia curse in Italian. Cunanan did not speak the language. Nor did any of those witnesses identify Cunanan as the shooter. Beside Gianni's body lay a dead pigeon, a known Mafia symbol.
In The Miami Jigsaw it's clear that Miami police held little faith in the Cunanan murder theory, particularly as Versace had been killed in a classic Mafia style hit in broad daylight. Added to this was the manner in which Cunanan had killed all his other victims-shooting them front on while facing them or torturing them first.
The book has FBI records to show they thought similarly.
Last night Santo Versace confronted Giuseppe di Bella on Italian television and poured scorn on di Bella's claims. But when di Bella said that he had met Santo on a number of occasions which Santo denied, he revealed intimate details of Santo's home. Today call back radio in Rome was running hot with callers on the side of Giuseppe di Bella.
THE MELBOURNE HERALD. 12thMay 1975
Mid-East Security Force
ARMS AND THE MAN
There are some startling new job vacancies for Victorians - as mercenary soldiers for an incredibly rich, very worried Persian Gulf sheik.
Advertisements calling for men to apply as mercenaries appear in morning newspapers today.
Men chosen to go to the Persian Gulf will be paid $400 a week and given a $20,000 life insurance policy.
They will serve a six months' trial in the sheik's private army. Those who do well will be given a three-year contract.
All recruits must be willing to wear uniform, take the military style of discipline, and be able to handle modern small arms.
Their duties: to protect the sheik, his family, his palace and the precious pipelines bringing the oil to the coast from attacks from local insurgents who have already caused death and damage.
I've just had a long talk with the man who is looking for mercenaries in Australia.
He is a Mr. Frank Monte, a 30-year-old former New South Wales policeman turned private eye.
He began by doing divorce work but now he has a suite of offices in stylish Australia Square in the heart of Sydney's financial district.
Monte's advertisements ask prospective mercenaries to telephone him. He plans to weed out the obviously unsuitable and then travel to Melbourne this week to interview the serious applicants personally.
In Sydney he has already listed about 40 men as likely candidates.
"I didn't know we had so many toughies around," he told me.
On condition that I did not reveal the name of the sheikdom, Monte gave me details of a very strange story.
"I've got a big business these days investigating insurance claims and carrying out industrial security," he said. "My clients include some of Australia's largest businesses among which are some of the oil companies.
"It was through an oil company that my name was put forward when the Persian Gulf sheikdom wanted to increase its force of mercenary soldiers. "The sheikdom has a population of only - well let's say it's under half a million - but it is currently producing oil, worth about $6,000 million a year.
"Recently insurgents broke the pipeline and caused the loss of oil worth $21 million.
"The sheik recently hired a couple of big time American private eyes to come out from the States and make the palace safe.
"Those two left pretty suddenly. Somebody wired a bomb into their Mercedes and when one of them turned the engine ignition switch they both blew up with the car."
Monte himself has had a tough life. In the New South Wales police (in which he served both in uniform and in plain clothes) he was badly beat up three times.
He is a thick-set, dark-haired man of Swiss-Italian parentage who has done a great variety of private detective work.
Did Gianni Versace die over his Mob debts? REUTERS
Fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered over debts he had with the Mafia, which also tried to steal his ashes to try to blackmail his family, a supergrass has claimed.Suspicious death: Gianni Versace Giuseppe Di Bella, a former member of the Calabrian Mafia known as the ’Ndrangheta, says in a new book that Versace was killed over debts he had with the Godfathers,
The 50-year-old was shot on the steps of his Miami apartment in 1997 by serial killer Andrew Cunanan, who later committed suicide.
In the book, Metastasi, Di Bella says Versace was being used by Godfather Paolo De Stefano to launder money.
The ’Ndrangheta is lesser known than its Sicilian counterparts but, according to Italian police, is ‘more powerful, more lucrative and more ruthless.’ It is said to be the link between the South American drug cartels controlling the supply of cocaine to Europe and makes £37billion a year.
In the book, Di Bella says: ‘There were rivers of money from drugs, extortion, protection rackets, loan sharking, mountains of money and it had to be made clean. Bars, restaurants, property and luxury goods were used but also clean businesses like that of Versace.’ He also claimed the ’Ndrangheta plotted to steal Versace’s ashes on New Year’s Eve in 1997 but it was never carried out.
Yesterday, the anti-Mafia department in Rome said it had opened a case to investigate the claims.
However, the Versace family said in a statement: ‘The declarations from the informer are false and shameful.’
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DJs boss sent 'begging' texts over conduct
October 1, 2010
Desperate pleas of David Jones boss.
Court releases texts and voicemails as former David Jones chief Mark McInnes begged publicist Kristy Fraser-Kirk not to go ahead with her sexual harassment complaint. The then chief executive of David Jones, Mark McInnes, sent five begging text messages to the company's publicity co-ordinator on the day she complained to the board about his alleged sexual harassment.Mr McInnes implored Kristy Fraser-Kirk to save his career.
''I am pleading with you to show some mercy on me by tmrw morning … or everything I have worked for or earnt is gone, I will be totally destroyed,'' one message read.
''Please call me to understand what is about to happen. i no my attempt to kiss u was wrong and im so so so so sorry, but I am about to lose everything I have in my life … please, please, please, please have some compassion on me and we will settle this as you wish … mark.''
In a later text, he said: ''Kristy I don't know what else to do, my whole life is about to fall down, please I will do anything u want to make this right. please don't destroy me, I am so sorry, please don't let yr lawyers do that.''
The messages were sent on June 11, the same day Ms Fraser-Kirk's lawyers wrote to the David Jones board, alerting it to the allegations of ''extremely serious sexual harassment'' and asking ''Mr McInnes and those reporting to him immediately cease attempting to contact our client over what is a most stressful situation''.
At 6pm that day, Mr McInnes left a voicemail message on Ms Fraser-Kirk's phone, in which he acknowledged he had made a mistake, apologised, and said that the company would pay her compensation.
He left his number and asked her to ''please think this through … this is a mercy call Kristy, it's a real mercy call''. He then sent the five texts between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.
Details of the messages were outlined in a letter from Ms Fraser-Kirk's solicitors to those acting for David Jones released yesterday by the Federal Court.
Also released was a psychologist's report by Louise Morrow saying Ms Fraser-Kirk, 27, had been so traumatised that she spent most of her time inside with the blinds drawn.
Ms Morrow said Ms Fraser-Kirk now felt paranoid. Claims by private investigator Frank Monte that he had been engaged to follow her had made her more anxious. She had had her apartment swept for listening devices, and her telephone and car checked for tampering.
She had also endured physical effects, including vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite and sleeping difficulties.
Ms Morrow said Ms Fraser-Kirk knew that she would eventually have to go public, but was unprepared when her name and details of her complaints were revealed just days after Mr McInnes's resignation.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
BY GEORGE RUSH AND JOANNA MOLLOY with Bob Athons
Sunday, July 27th 1997,
FASHIONING A CONSPIRACY THEORY
The FBI and Miami police may have closed the murder case of Gianni Versace, but New York private eye Frank Monte insists the killer is still at large.
Ever since Versace's death, Monte, who did some investigating for the designer, has been telling the media it was a Mafia hit. The apparent suicide of prime suspect Andrew Cunanan has done nothing to change his tune.
"I believe Cunanan was killed," says Monte.
The latest version of Monte's theory runs something like this: Milanese mobsters were afraid that Versace was going to come clean about mob influence in the fashion business. They somehow found Cunanan before the authorities did. They snuffed him. They kept his body on ice. Then they dumped it at the houseboat leaving his gun in his hand.
Monte even suggests that the mob planted such obvious Cunanan clues as the stolen red truck and the pawned coin. You'd think they'd have been clever enough to use Cunanan's own .40-caliber gun to silence Versace. But Monte complicates his plot by asserting that a professional conducted the execution with a .22. Smelling a cover-up, Monte refuses to believe .40-caliber bullets really came out of Versace's body. He also contends that, after all the care the Mafia took to frame Cunanan, the mob couldn't resist leaving a dead bird next to Versace's body to warn others who might sing.
"I'm not chasing publicity on this," insists Monte, who has given about 50 interviews since Versace's death. Nevertheless, he says, reps for the Versace family have told him to shut up. He says they also want him to turn over his Versace-related files.
Says Monte: "I don't have to."
Mystery email unearths McInnes link
Date: October 23 2010 Sydney Morning Herald.
By Andrew Hornery
ONE of the great unsolved mysteries from the Mark McInnes, David Jones and Kristy Fraser-Kirk saga was who had hired the private dick Frank Monte to rummage through Fraser-Kirk's private life?
McInnes and David Jones had vehemently denied they had hired Monte, who humbly describes himself as "the world's most famous private investigator", casting doubt on Monte's claims he was working on the case at all.
Monte was planning to sue Fraser-Kirk, initially for defamation, claiming she had accused him of illegal activity when she told the court about fears her home was being bugged and of checking under her car for bombs.
With settlement of the matter, Monte remains a man scorned. He declined to comment to PS other than to say he was unable to identify the client because if he did he would lose his private investigator's licence.
Interestingly, an email has been circulated in Sydney this week; it was initially sent on October 1 at 4.10am from Monte to McInnes's close friend, the Sydney businessman Yekta Gokyildirim. In the email, Monte indicates his mystery client is Gokyildirim, and he was allegedly paid $30,000 to dig up dirt on Fraser-Kirk.
Gokyildirim, a gym buddy to McInnes and a fellow Roosters fan, did not return PS's calls this week. However, McInnes's spokesman said yesterday: "Mark McInnes has no knowledge of any of his friends or associates engaging Frank Monte in connection with him. Any such action would be misguided and totally unacceptable to Mark."
Private eye Frank Monte on tail of DJs girl
"I can confirm we are working on the case," Mr Monte said. "I can neither confirm nor deny that David Jones is the client."
Mr Monte did confirm the target of his investigations was Ms Fraser-Kirk and that he would do "background checks" on her as well as "surveillance".
He declined to say how much he had been paid, but said: "It is substantial".
As Mr McInnes arrived in Sydney Airport with his five-month pregnant girlfriend Lisa Kelly, he claimed he had left his $5 million-a-year job at DJs in an attempt to save the career of Ms Fraser-Kirk.
"Many people have asked why I offered my resignation immediately. I did so with great sadness," Mr McInnes said.
"The reason was simple - it was my responsibility, not David Jones.
"I owned up to my mistakes and apologised to everybody immediately. I offered my resignation in the sincere hope that Kristy could continue her career if she chose."
Mr McInnes left the country for America in the early stages of Ms Fraser-Kirk's complaint, which culminated earlier this month when she launched the $37 million Supreme Court claim against McInnes, David Jones and nine of its directors. The basis of the 27-year-old's sexual harassment claim revolves around a company lunch in May, where Ms Fraser-Kirk alleged Mr McInnes placed his hand under her clothing, touched her bra strap and repeatedly asked her back to his Bondi home "with the clear implication that such a visit would be for the purpose of sexual intercourse."
"Many of the allegations against me are simply untrue and I will be vigorously defending myself," Mr McInnes said.
"Lisa and I have returned home to Australia to work with my legal team on my defence. "My statement of defence will soon be filed with the Federal Court. It will include my detailed denial and rebuttals and is the first step in the legal process."