Episode 2 - Chow Hayes: Australia's First Gangster

Arguably Australia’s most feared gangster, Frederick ‘Chow’ Hayes was a convicted double murderer, sentenced to hang in 1952 for the brazen killing of standoverman and former boxer, Bobby Lee. Chow’s sentence was commuted to life in prison and he was released from jail in 1978. By this time, Chow was in the final decade of his life. At the time of his death, Chow had served almost 40 of his 74 years on the planet in jail. In his dotage, Chow became a celebrated crime figure – the subject of a biography by crime writer David Hickie and the subject of a chilling portrait by artist, Bill Leak that was short listed for the Archibald Prize in 1984. The portrait shows a wizened old man who

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