Case 34

The Catholic Mafia

*** Warning: This case involves a child victim ***

In the early 1960s, Victorian Detective Denis Ryan was transferred from Melbourne to the regional town of Mildura where he soon ran into a familiar face – local priest, Father John Day. The two had encountered one another before during a less than savoury incident in St Kilda several years prior. 

Detective Ryan always felt something was off about Father Day. His suspicions were confirmed after several complaints were made that the priest had sexually abused young children. But when Detective Ryan reported the abuse to his superiors, many of whom were Catholic, he was told to drop the investigation. What exactly were they trying to hide?



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