Tough Nuts – DENNIS ALLEN: THE MAN CALLED MR DEATH - Episode Four premieres Thursday, September 30 at 7.30pm AEST
Hosted by Tara Moss and Exclusive to Crime & Investigation Network
Episode Four of TOUGH NUTS: AUSTRALIA’S HARDEST CRIMINALS, premieres on Thursday, September 23 at 7.30pm AEST and explores the life of one of Australia’s most brutal crime lords, ‘Mr Death’ Dennis Allen.
Dennis Allen was the oldest son of Melbourne crime matriarch, Kath Pettingill and is suspected of committing at least 11 murders.
Allen’s first major crime was appalling in its brutality: the abduction and rape of a 19 year-old woman. Serving six years of a nine year sentence, Allen left the prison gates with the contacts to become a major drug dealer – and went on to traffic in amphetamines and heroin and become one of Melbourne’s biggest suppliers.
Allen had a way of cutting out his competitors by becoming a police informer and making anonymous calls to police to give up his rivals. When that didn’t work, he turned to murder.
Allen knew no loyalty, had no friends and regarded his family as servants to use at his disposal.
In this fascinating episode of TOUGH NUTS, an in-depth profile on one of Australia’s most sadistic criminals is gradually uncovered, through interviews with psycholgists, police detectives and investigative journalists.
The product of an appalling home life as a young boy and subjected to violent and abusive treatment by a number of his mother’s boyfriends, Allen went on to learn everything he needed to know about being a professional criminal while behind the walls of one of Australia’s most notorious prisons.
Allen died of heart failure while awaiting trial for the murder of Wayne Stanhope, as well as for other weapons and drug offences. A heavy drug user, Allen’s heart collapsed under the strain.
He was dead at 38 years of age.
Presented by bestselling crime author Tara Moss, TOUGH NUTS is an eight-part series that blows the lid off Australia’s criminal underworld and reveals the real story behind what made and shaped the most notorious figures in Australian criminal history.
The 8 x 1 hour series profiles a different criminal in each episode and features, in order: Christopher Dale Flannery, Chow Hayes, Alphonse Gangitano, Dennis Allen, Russell Cox, Michael Sayers, Raymond Bennett and Lenny McPherson.
TOUGH NUTS is produced by Bryan Cockerill from The Full Box and is exclusive to Crime & Investigation Network.