Alf Morley's Incredible Story as told to Peter A Blood
Excerpt from Characters & Capers:
“I met, and got to know, some infamous people in jail. One of the more interesting at Goulburn was Stephen Leslie Bradley. His was the rather dubious honour of being the first person to be convicted of kidnapping in modern Australia. In June 1960, a Sydney family by the name of Thorne won the £100,000 Opera House Lottery. It was the biggest lottery prize in Australia at the time. The family’s eventual heart-
“He was about 5’10” or so in height, and very heavily built. I won’t say he was fat, for reasons that will become clear in a moment, but certainly his large stomach was quite an imposing sight. I was in the cutting room one day, close to the table where I had cut my finger some months before. Bradley came by, and with a smile, pointed at the material cutter. “Keep your silly fingers out of that thing this time, fella!” he said.
I took a quick shot back at him with, “You’d better keep your big, fat gut away from it too!”.
He was quite upset by my comment. His stomach wasn’t as fat as I thought, he said. In fact, it could easily withstand any punch I might be able to throw at it! “Oh, yeah!” I said, doubt plain on my face. At that, he smiled and motioned for me to stand away from the table. He stood there with his hands on his hips and challenged me. I asked if he really wanted me to punch his stomach. He nodded and said I could do so with his blessing, providing only that I did not hold back. I was to hit him as hard as I could! I couldn’t resist his challenge.
By this time there was a crowd around us. Seeing it was a light-
Link to the Graeme Thorne kidnap case: http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/notorious_murders/classics/thorne/7.html
Footnote: Some months after the subject of the hit tune “Little Boy Lost” -
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CHARACTERS & CAPERS -
Character: Stephen Leslie Bradley
Kidnapper & Murderer
A few of Alfie’s character-
Stephen Bradley Kidnapper
John Andrew Stuart
Lancelot McGregor Saidler
Neddy Smith Murderer, etc...
Wine Bar Owner
Stephen Bradley is arrested in Columbo whilst en route to Europe