The brutal execution of Willie Thompson in Malvern East took place over 14 years ago, when he was sitting alone in his car.
At the time of his murder, Thompson was known by the police and had a number of connections to a range of increase of the figures included Nick Radev and Carl Williams. It was also known to be involved in drug trafficking, in particular with links to Western Australia.
Victoria Police say the 39-years of age, had left near the martial arts gym when he was shot several times by two men who stopped at the side of their car.
He then returned to his silver Honda Roadster convertible, which was parked on The Road.
Willie Thompson was gunned down. Photo: Supplied
Create a network of Ford sedan drove through several lanes of traffic on The Road from a nearby parking lot and stopped near Thompson’s vehicle.
A male passenger then exited the vehicle and shot a series of photographs of Thompson before the male driver of the vehicle left and also fired a number of shots.
Thompson was fatally wounded and died at the scene before the police arrived.
In the announcement of the reward, the officer in charge of the Purana taskforce, Detective Inspector Tracie McDonald said in many ways, Thompson was the “forgotten ” gangster”.
“Thompson’s death occurred during a time when an increasing number of figures were killed, however, he never received a large amount of public or media attention,” he said.
21/07/2003. Penalty shot Willy Thompson Road, Malvern, near Warrigal Rd. The murder. Shoot. Digital Image.
The scene in which Willie Thompson burned car was found in the Port of Melbourne.
In 2004, the police received anonymous information about the murder of Thompson and the detectives are of special interest for the person to contact them again.
“We know that there are still people who don’t know exactly what happened to Willie Thompson, and why, and we are appealing for those people to come forward,” Det Insp McDonald said.
“Fourteen years is a long time and, obviously, circumstances can change, so that the people who do not feel comfortable talking with the police at the time that may now be in a position to do so.
“We are confident that this murder is solvable â€” all you need is the right information to the right people.”
Extreme Martial Arts on The Road, Chadstone.
A bullet hole in a shop window of the shooting of Willie Thompson.
The Herald Sun reports that Thompson of the killing took place in an era of increased bloodshed, which began with the murder of Alphonse Gangitano in his Templestowe house in 1998.
The police have identified a strong suspect in the majority of murders. Some of those involved have died and others are serving jail terms.
Among the unsolved cases are those of the career criminal Richard Mladenich, shot dead in a St Kilda motel in the year 2000, and Mario Condello, who was gunned down in his Brighton, East entrance in 2006.
Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers via 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppersvic.com.au