My name is John Silvester and I have been reporting and writing about crime in Melbourne for more than 30 years.
This has given me the chance to observe both the best and worst of human nature.
I have seen people consumed by the atrocious crimes they have committed and others who have been able to rise again after becoming victims to violence.
I report for The Age newspaper and also write a column that appears in Saturday’s edition. I have a chat about crime on 3AW’s breakfast program every Wednesday just after 8pm.
With my writing partner, Andrew Rule, we have written and published more than 30 books that have sold more than one million copies. The best known of these are the Mark Brandon “Chopper” Read series and the Underbelly books that have been turned into the television series of the same name.
We have found that people are fascinated by true crime and we have tried to tell these stories in a way, which captures the feelings surrounding the events as well as the facts.
Sometimes we may incorporate black humour into the stories and at others times we try and explain the heartbreaking aftermath that results from just one crime.
I will be coming to have a chat with you next week so if any of you want to contact me before hand just use the ‘comments’ function here on the blog.