Election-Free Zone: the man who wasn’t there
An unassuming bank manager who went missing in North Queensland is alleged to have made “full and frank admissions” to police about a missing $3 million from the community bank in which he worked.
The disappearance and subsequent arrest of bank manager Colin Carleton is a kind of crime story more fascinating than a heist pulled off by a gang of hardened criminals. The Courier Mail reports that Carelton is widely described as “quiet, down-to-earth, family man”.
Carleton’s alleged theft only came to light in the last few months, and is thought have taken place over a decade. He was due to meet with private investigators looking at financial irregularities at his Bendigo Community Bank when he disappeared on July 13, last seen going for a trail bike ride in the Herberton Ranges.
This type of allegation against people like Carleton’s are more shocking because they involve the type of people we know. Psychologically we can turn criminal gangs into the kinds of creatures we can’t empathise with, but Carelton is not only one of our community but someone in a position of implicit trust. Which leads to the awkward question: what would we be capable of if left in a similar position?
It has all the elements of suburban existential thriller. The allegations are the kind of story the Cohen brothers have frequently explored in films like The Man Who Wasn’t There and Fargo: normal people who lose complete control of their lives and start committing crimes from which there is no point of return.
Or is a potentially criminal personality type always necessary (as in Matt Damon’s The Informant) with a person merely needing the necessary position of power and access to explore their criminal potential?
Either way script writers from around the world must already be pitching this one.
In other news a NSW teenager was shot dead on the weekend after he was mistaken for a deer during a hunting trip. The 19-year-old from Thurgoona was shot and killed by a single shot from a rifle while hunting with two friends at a deserted property near Tallangatta in northern Victoria, the Herald Sun reported.
American celebrity news website TMZ are reporting that police are now investigating the possibility that actor Brittany Murphy and her script writer husband could have been killed by mould in their house. Murphy and her husband Simon Monjack died several months apart, reportedly pneumonia was the cause of death for both of them. Mould is often linked with respiratory illness and police are investigating the possibility that mould in the couple’s LA house was responsible for the deaths.
Snooker legend Alex “Hurricane” Higgins is reported to have starved himself to death, a friend told Britain’s Daily Mirror in an interview. Higgins had reportedly refused to eat in the last moths of his life after being forced to survive on pureed food and Guiness after cancer treatment.
In more upbeat news Britain’s oldest newly married couple have tied the knot, the Daily Mail reports. Henry Kerr, 97, and his bride Valerie Berkowitz, 87, were married on the weekend in the aged care home where they live. Henry reportedly asked Valerie over a cup of tea, but was not given an answer immediately saying she would need more time to think about it.
Read all about it
Up to the minute Twitter chatter
The latest and greatest
Good morning Punchers. After four years of excellent fun and great conversation, this is the final post…
I have had some close calls, one that involved what looked to me like an AK47 pointed my way, followed…
In a world in which there are still people who subscribe to the vile notion that certain victims of sexual…