Carl “Babyface” Williams squealed like a stuck pig at the first sign of pressure…

He was only a couple of blocks from his mummy’s house on the Broady (housing commission) Estate (Eddie McGuire-country) when the nasty-parsty Moran brothers – Mark and Justin – turned the screws on the petty crim with the big mouth, the big stomach and the short-trouser pockets. It was his birthday, October 13, 1999. “Hello Carl. Happy Birthday, mate!”

“No Jason, no!” Babyface screamed, as Jason Moran pierced Carl’s ample tummy with a teeny-weeny .22 girlie bullet from a pint-sized Derringer. It did nothing more than release wind.

Jason should have listened to his older brother Mark, who screamed at the time: “Shoot the f-cker in the head. Shoot him in the head!” It was good advice. Failure to take it cost both their lives and that of their father, Lewis. C’est la vie!

Carl “Babyface” Williams was a gutless wonder. His only recorded “hit” was against Mark Moran on June 15, 2000. And that was fortuitous. For the previous six months, a Victoria Police surveillance unit had Mark Moran under constant watch. A corrupt cop, believed to be in Williams’ pay, had the surveillance removed the day before Mark Moran’s cold-blooded murder. Justin Moran could not protect his big brother because he was at her majesty’s pleasure at the time.

He was ambushed like a sitting duck. Babyface had his first taste of blood. He was still living at home with his mummy. No doubt, she drew him a nice hot bath to wash away his sins, the blood and the brain matter that had splattered on to his poncy Friday night party shirt.

Let’s put this pi-sant into his proper prospective. He liked to be known as “the Premier” because he thought he ran the State. Having left Broadmeadows West Technical School at age 11, he was only skilled to stack supermarket shelves, sell drugs and press the “play” button on a DVD.

Al Capone was said to have killed 400 – 40 by his own hand but he was also a talented furniture-maker. He was arrested in 1926 for killing three people, but spent only one night in jail because there was insufficient evidence to connect him with the murders. He was eventually convicted of tax evasion. At Alcatraz, he was known as “the wop with the mop.”

Mark Moran was not one of the three murders – and one conspiracy to murder – that Babyface confessed to last week (he had previously been convicted of killing Michael Marshall in 2003). The charge for killing Mark Moran was officially dropped when he made his partial confession last week, so that notch can not be carved into his pistol’s hand grip. All up, the cops have got Babyface down for ten hits in the great Melbourne gangland bloodletting.

If Williams has put his hands up for four murders – Jason Moran, Lewis Moran, Mark Mallia and Michael Marshall – you would think the other six that are down to him are Mark Moran, Pat Barbaro, Victor Pierce, Nik Ravdev, Willy Thompson and Graham “The Munster” Kinniburgh.

In that case, who killed Carlton Crew bagman Mario Condello on February 6 last year?

Tomorrow: If the war is over, who’s on first?

*The Kooka Brothers are crypto crime correspondents who have been known to Crikey by that name since they first started covering the Melbourne gangland wars in 1998. They are the last remaining nom-de-plume at Crikey and promise to reveal all once they finish their opus – “Ganglands: The Musical” in the near future.

Peter Fray

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