According to testimony recently given to the Court, when Melbourne criminal identity, Des Moran, was gunned down in a coffee shop last year, the last thing he said was 'oh shit'. I would have thought it more likely to have been something like 'arrggghhh', but there you go.
What amuses me about this whole thing, if anything about murder can be considered amusing, is the role of Moran's sister-in-law, Judy Moran.
Dear Judy, wife of the late Lewis (convicted drug dealer, gunned down), mother of Mark and Jason (drug dealers, gunned down), was apparently one of the first on the scene of Des Moran's last cuppa, wailing in grief. Yet it was also apparently common knowledge that the pair of them detested each other. So it was perhaps ironic that Judy is one of the four people charged with his murder.
A while back, Judy Moran's biography came out, featuring her quote on the cover, " I am a wife with no husband. I am a mother with no children". Oh please. Of course the first edition of that biography had to be recalled by publisher Random House with some 20,000 copies being pulped because Mother Moran couldn't resist gingering it up with some false allegations.
Are we supposed to be feeling some sort of sympathy for her? Give me a break. At least that other notorious Melbourne criminal matriarch, Kath Pettingill, has never pretended her family were anything other than what they are - criminals. But Mother Moran would have the world believe otherwise about her own family.
Mother Moran condemned the series, Underbelly, that charted the underworld war in Melbourne which saw the deaths of her sons among others. She claimed it was all a beat up etc etc. I don't know what she was complaining about - she came out it of looking like nothing more than an ordinary mum and grandma, dishing up dinner to the family. As scriptwriter, Felicity Packard, explained to me, they had to be very careful how they portrayed Mother Moran as she had never been found guilty of anything. But it's a bit hard to believe she didn't know what was going on.
If, as looks likely, Mother Moran is found guilty of her part in Des Moran's murder, I suspect there will be more than few people having a laugh at her expense.
What goes around, all too often comes around.