DHAKOTA Williams should be the national poster girl for the perennial “Nature versus Nurture?”, debate.
With one foot firmly planted in the more strange of the two camps, the Melbourne teenager has had more more chances of being negatively influenced by his family or the rotten, the criminal environment, she grew up in.
In fact, if there is someone in the country who deserves to be a full-time therapist or a good excuse to go off the rails, it’s her.
When Dhakota was born in 2001 from her father Carl was already a successful manufacturer of drugs and drug traffickers, in partnership with his dad George, Dhakota grand-father.
Carl would also become a murderer, condemning the murders of at least four men, and according to the police, may be more that have never been proven.
Carl Williams and her daughter Dhakota. She does not remember the time spent with him at home. She remembers the prison visits. Photo: Channel 9
Dhakota and Carl. She remembers the taste of days that she had to get two letters in the prison mail room. His father, the other from his grand-father. Photo: News Corp
Its role in Victorian society, gangland wars, immortalized in the underbelly series, was both a central and deadly, and the company he kept would not have been particularly beneficial to a small girl in its years of development.
Dhakota baby-sitter, for example, or “Uncle Andrew” as it is fondly called a professional hit-man, who is suspected to be responsible for at least five murders.
His mother Roberta has also participated, spending a stint in jail for a drug conviction while Dhakota was still in diapers.
DHAKOTA WILLIAMS | She is the flesh and blood of the Australia’s most famous gangster. Now, the father of the little girl has grown up and she wants revenge. SOON on #60minutes. pic.twitter.com/789ZtFBK6C— 60 Minutes Australia@60Mins) June 24, 2018
Fortunately, the sentence was not long, but the same can’t be said for Carl, who could count the time spent at home to enjoy his new daughter in months rather than years.
Now on the verge of adulthood, Dhakota said that she has no memory of his father, living in the residence of the family during his childhood at all.
Rather, the rest of his memories is a series of prison to travel to give his father a hug and sit on his lap in the prison visitor’s room.
To complete the dysfunction, she would sometimes get excited about the receipt of two letters in the post from the prison mail room; one of his father and the other, its Pop — incarcerated in the same prison.
By the time she was nine years old, Carl was dead, murdered by another violent criminal in the common area of a high-security unit at Barwon Prison before being dragged to his cell.
Carl Williams headstone. He was murdered in prison when Dhakota was 9 years old. Photo: Jay Town
The legacy that it has left its doesn’t seem fair, but being the only child of one of Australia’s most famous gangsters is not a coat that Dhakota wants to accept.
She is not willing to even face the negative image of his father’s criminal actions.
Surprisingly, she admitted that to this day she has never spoken to his mother about what his father.
And despite the volumes of material on the internet documenting these dark chapters, Dhakota said she resists the temptation to google all the sordid details. For it, Carl will always be a “loving, good person.”
It is a position that is easily seen as a transition house; somewhere between blissful ignorance and rose-colored glasses, but her mom seems to be the key to its one-sided positivity.
Roberta says that she has protected her, as much as possible, to the horror of his father, and confirms that there are still incidents where it may have absolutely no knowledge.
An artist-enhanced version of a CCTV still showing Carl Williams ‘ killer, Matthew Johnson standing behind Williams before he was killed in Barwon Prison. Photo: Supplied
The time Carl took a handful of shots Roberta, when she was very pregnant with Dhakota.
Fortunately for both of them, he missed, but Roberta said that her daughter should not have to hear about these kinds of things because “it’s a little girl, she needs to be a little girl”.
But it is a small girl on the point of womanhood and the backdrop of a dismal childhood, it is surprisingly more concerned with what other people think about it and not to offend anyone than to be self-centered and rude.
While she acknowledges the weight of his father, the fearsome reputation, Dhakota is categorical, it does not prevent its effect on the right side of the law and said, “I can become a good person.”
However, on 60 Minutes, Dhakota explains there is a piece of the story that she does not want to explore — how it was possible that his father has been killed in a maximum security in front of the CCTV cameras that were in some way not to be monitored.
“To this day, I haven’t really talked about it…” SUNDAY on #60Mins: DHAKOTA WILLIAMS | The daughter of Carl and Roberta Williams reveals the inside @Underbelly9 story like no other. Finally – who ordered the hit on his gangland king Dad? pic.twitter.com/GsV7Fi6qSG— 60 Minutes Australia@60Mins) July 3, 2018
– 60 Minutes interview with Dhakota Williams aired on Sunday night at 8.40 pm on Channel 9. Visit the 60 Minutes web site for more details.
– Follow Liam Bartlett on Twitter @LiamBartlett9