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Graeme John Slattery
Age: 52 yrs old - 2014
State: VIC - Warrnambool
Sentenced 7-5-2004,in a VIC County Court,to 14 yrs jail - 11.5 yrs non parole.
Released from prison on parole in May 2014.
Graeme John Slattery - Former businessman..Pleaded guilty in the Ballarat County Court 27-2-2004 to 69 offences
(including 11 indecent assaults). His offences spanned 10 yrs and involved 10 victims.
Charges relate to the cruelty and sexual assault of a woman Slattery kept locked in his garage.
The woman was forced to drink motor oil, eat snails and treated as a slave..
Slattery has been in custody since 2001.
Update May, 2014 - A sadistic slave master beyond redemption has been freed on parole,
a year before his jail sentence was due to expire - Read more below.
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Sadistic ‘puppeteer’ beyond redemption, but wins parole
A sadistic slave master beyond redemption has been freed on parole, a year before his jail sentence was due to expire.
Graeme John Slattery was jailed for 14 years for heinous crimes during a decade-long reign of terror during which he
brutalised men, women, and children.
One woman he enslaved in a horrific three-year campaign of torture was forced to drink motor oil and eat excrement.
Slattery’s punishment for his appalling crimes was half as long as his own father thought he deserved.
Now, witnesses to his foul deeds are frightened he is back on the streets.
Sources say the criminal, described by the man who arrested him as a master manipulator, continued his controlling ways behind bars.
“He was a puppeteer, and he ruled the roost,’’ one said.
One veteran police investigator told the Herald Sun Slattery, now 52, was one of the cruellest and
most manipulative criminals he had ever encountered.
The thug’s reign of terror spanned more than a decade, running up a toll of at least a dozen victims whom
he took macabre pleasure in beating and humiliating.
He kept one woman for 12 months in the garage of the Warrnambool home he shared with his six children and wife Julie.
The “family slave” was made to perform naked cartwheels for Slattery’s mates and forced to get a tattoo with the
words “toe rag” — his nickname for her.
In 2004, Slattery was sentenced on almost 70 charges including intentionally causing serious injury, false imprisonment,
indecent assault, fraud and assault.
A staggering 42 of the charges related to his main victim.
Judge Graeme Crossley said Slattery had humiliated and inflicted pain on his victims to satisfy
his cruel and macabre sense of humour.
Jailing him for at least 11½ years, he said Slattery showed no remorse and “there is nothing before me
to suggest that there is any likelihood of rehabilitation.”
His victims and even Slattery’s own father condemned the sentence, which could have seen him
paroled as early as November 2012, as unjust.
Sources say Slattery was the puppetmaster of his division at Marngoneet Correctional Centre.
They say he was allowed to hand-pick prison mates to share a 9-man self-catering cottage, and chose only those he could control.
“He had everyone doing what he wanted, like it was a game. He wanted to be in charge and run the cottage,” a source said.
Source claim his wife Julie and two of his children, who were constantly by his side during the trial, regularly visited him in prison.
Yesterday Mrs Slattery denied she knew her husband had been released.
In a statement released to the Herald Sun, the Adult Parole Board said its paramount consideration was public safety.
Slattery’s stringent parole conditions include a curfew, drug and alcohol testing, 24/7 monitoring and a
ban on contacting his victims or their families.
Retired Warrnambool detective Fred Hughson, who arrested Slattery, told the Herald Sun he was a master
manipulator with a sadistic streak.
“He was certainly a dangerous person at the time and seemed to enjoy inflicting pain on others,” he said.
Peter Tieppo, a former neighbour of Slattery who witnessed him abusing the main victim, said he would have
a number of sleepless nights knowing the man was out on the streets.
“He seemed an OK bloke when he first moved in but turned out to be a nut case.”
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Graeme John Slattery was a sadist well before he kept a woman prisoner as his ‘slave’ in the garage of his Warrnambool house
Graeme John Slattery became a sadist before he became a teenager.
By the time he was 11 or 12 his two younger sisters remember childhood bullying turning into something far more sinister.
It was about that time, during beachside family holidays at Balgowan, on the Yorke Peninsula, that his nasty streak began
to badly frighten the girls.
They remember him throwing fish guts and blood into the water to try to attract sharks while his nine-year-old sister
was learning how to swim near the jetty.
And the time he pushed her out of a dinghy more than 300m off shore and left her struggling in the water to fend for herself.
And how he used to terrify her by putting her head in an oven at the family’s home in Adelaide and switching the gas on.
The painful recollections of Slattery’s family reveal a history of brutality stretching back 30 years.
They make it clear that until the day he was sentenced to at least 11 1/2 years in jail — for his disgusting treatment
of a woman who lived in the garage of the family’s Warrnambool home for 12 months in 1998 and 1999 — he had never been
adequately punished for a lifetime of inflicting pain on others.
The case that finally brought him to court, and made him a source of enormous public fascination and disgust, was
the extraordinary tale of the woman he called "Toe Rag’’ and treated as a slave.
Slattery, a 42-year-old boat builder at the time he faced trial, originally faced 69 charges including rape and 34 assaults.
The assaults included allegations she had been forced to eat cow manure and Slattery’s faeces, that she had been made to bang
her head against walls, a tree, a cafe window, a lamp post and a concrete block, punch herself in the ears, drink motor oil and eat snails.
The prosecution also alleged the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was forced to stand naked on her head in front of Mr
Slattery’s friends, and run naked across roads.
It took four days of deliberations for the jury to convict him of 10 counts of intentionally causing injury, eight
indecent assaults, 22 assaults, one count of threatening serious injury and one of blackmail. He was cleared of the
others, including the charge of rape.
A psychologist and a psychiatrist who assessed Slattery for the judge who sentenced him disagreed about whether there
was any forensic explanation for his conduct, but his family’s views are uncomplicated.
"I think he gets a thrill out of hurting people,’’ one of Slattery’s sisters told the Herald Sun in 2004.
"But it’s always women or children, or people weaker than he is — people he can have authority over. He never
takes on anyone bigger or stronger than him.’’
She recalled the time her 17-year-old brother held his teenage girlfriend upside down in a swimming
pool at their home and nearly drowned her.
Later, when he was an adult, she saw him punish his eldest daughter in the same way by submerging her
head in a fish pond in the garden.
The little girl was three, and had been taken back to Adelaide by Slattery and his wife, Julie, to see his terminally ill mother.
"He started an argument by saying that he wanted many of mum’s valuables when she died,’’ his sister said recently in a statement
"He was yelling at us. This caused his three-year-old daughter to start screaming and he said to Julie, `Shut that f...... kid up’.
"She didn’t stop. Graeme grabbed her and ran outside to the fish pond. He then held her by the ankles, head first in the fish pond.
"Dad and the rest of us went outside. We told him to stop. He wouldn’t, and there was nothing we could do.
"He eventually let her head out of the water. She was choking on the water.’’
She said that around the same time her brother grabbed a sharp kitchen knife, held it against his other sister’s
stomach and threatened to cut out her unborn child.
Slattery’s father, John, said his son was often bad tempered and nasty to other people as a child, and was
taken to a doctor at the age of six or seven because of his behavioural problems.
He was prescribed medication which improved his behaviour, but he stopped taking it when he was 16 after a
nurse told him it was for people with mental problems and epilepsy.
"Within a few months he became very nasty towards his sister,’’ Mr Slattery said in a statement to police.
"He was argumentative and impossible to talk to because he was always right.’’
He said that about that time his son started learning karate, and would practise for hours every day.
"He was fanatical about it. He was practising with his friends and would put protective jackets on them,
but he would still hurt them and they stopped visiting him.
"By the time he was 18 he was big and strong and I was very wary of him physically. For him to
say he was frightened of me is ridiculous.’’
That claim by Graeme Slattery — that a violent upbringing explained his subsequent depraved
behaviour — was made in a psychologist’s report tendered to the County Court during his pre-sentence plea hearing.
It has been dismissed as fanciful nonsense by all other members of his family.
The psychologist’s diagnosis of an anti-social borderline personality disorder was also dismissed by the psychiatrist.
After leaving school Slattery got a job as a delivery driver for the Adelaide Ball Bearing Company.
He didn’t last long, but by the time he was 18 the strapping teenager with a love of cars asked his parents
to guarantee a loan and help him set up a car detailing business.
He was soon in trouble with the law over forged cheques he used to buy paint for the business — and
a karate trophy he pretended to have won in competition.
The cheques were stolen by a man wearing a balaclava who knocked a woman down and stole her purse,
but Slattery insisted he had found them in the street.
He was given a suspended sentence by the Adelaide Supreme Court. Just before his 21st birthday he
was back in trouble and in jail facing a charge of car theft.
His parents bailed him, but he failed to appear in court.
A warrant for his arrest was issued, but — with his parents’ help — he fled to Brisbane,
Perth then Sydney, where he met his future wife, Julie.
By the late 1980s he had settled in Melbourne, where he took up abalone poaching and philandering — both on a large scale.
John Slattery told police his son brought three women to Adelaide and introduced them to the family.
All had been told Julie was Slattery’s sister, and at least two of them thought they were going to marry him.
Mr Slattery also received a call from a woman in Sydney who had been told the same story.
The woman also told him that while skin diving with his son he had cut her air hose and held her underwater until she blacked out.
Warrnambool detective Fred Hughson began tracing Slattery’s movements after his arrest in 2001 for assaulting two employees.
As Det Hughson started joining the dots to establish the extent of Slattery’s criminal behaviour, a frightening pattern emerged.
Holding women and children’s heads under water, whether it was in a swimming pool, a pond, a bucket or the open sea, was not the
only common denominator.
For more than 10 years he had preyed on vulnerable single women.
He convinced them he would help get their lives back in order, borrowed or stole money from them, bullied and
beat them, mistreated and humiliated their children and threatened to harm their families if they left him or
did not help in his sign-writing and poaching businesses.
The level of overt support Slattery received from his wife and six children during his three-week trial in Ballarat’s
County Court was one of many things that amazed people about the man who became known as the slave master.
Julie Slattery was in court almost every day.
The day the jury retired to consider their verdict she blew him a kiss and said, "Bye spunk’’ as he left the dock.
Several of his children, including the daughter dunked in the fish pond, also took their turn in court to lend support.
They heard shocking evidence about their father’s treatment of the ‘slave’ woman who lived at their property.
At one point in the trial prosecutor Peter Faris, QC, suggested to the jury that the woman was almost treated as "the family slave’’.
Julie Slattery certainly saw much of what happened in her own back yard, where the woman was hosed down every few days with cold water,
forced to perform degrading chores and regularly beaten.
The court was told Mrs Slattery watched, but said nothing as her husband shaved the woman’s head and
forced her to pierce her nipple with a needle, and regularly saw her abused and humiliated.
Judge Graeme Crossley observed after the trial that Mrs Slattery had done well to face only one charge herself.
She received a suspended sentence in 2002 after pleading guilty to making threats to cause serious injury by
conspiring with her husband to arrange for a stand-over man to threaten a key witness in a series of fraud charges against Slattery.
Before Slattery’s trial police and prosecutors took the view that his wife had probably been beaten into submission years earlier
and, like so many others, became a slave to him.
Slattery’s father told police he once saw his son punch his wife in the face and knock her to the ground
because she had ironed a crease into his jeans.
But the slave master’s female victims are not inclined to give Julie Slattery the sympathy vote.
Three Melbourne women beaten and brutalised by Slattery between 1989 and 1999 told the Herald Sun
they believed she shared culpability for their suffering at her husband’s hands.
All three were first introduced to her as Slattery’s sister, not his wife, and all said she knew
he was having relationships with them.
One of Slattery’s real sisters said he had turned his wife into a zombie who was too frightened
to do or say anything about his behaviour.
"But there’s help out there,’’ the sister said. "She watched that poor woman humiliated and she
did nothing. She should have done something to help.’’
The sister, who did not want to be named, said she felt great sympathy for the couple’s six children.
"They do not deserve children. Those kids probably think this is how life is,’’ she said.
"They used to have brand new bikes in the shed, but they weren’t allowed to ride them because
Graeme didn’t want them talking to other people.
"It sounds like a cult, something you’d see in a movie ... but unfortunately it’s our family.’’
John Slattery said his son had forced the children to lead a strictly regimented life.
"When they came home from school they had to immediately get into their pyjamas and remain in the house
until they went to bed,’’ Mr Slattery said in his statement.
"They weren’t allowed outside to play at all. They were not allowed to go to other children’s parties,
and no one was allowed to eat until he came home, and this could be any time.
"Julie and the children had to immediately obey any of his requests, often running to do so.’’
Slattery told psychologist Wendy Northey his life in the ‘90s was "a cross between a James Bond
movie and a Jackass movie’’.
He blamed everything from a difficult birth and an abusive father to Asian kingpins in the illegal
abalone industry for his grotesque behaviour during the decade of depravity covered by the charges against him.
Slattery told Ms Northey he was making thousands of dollars a week from abalone poaching, and spending thousands
a month on amphetamines.
"He was desperately attempting to maintain control at a time when his world was falling apart,’’ Ms Northey wrote
in her report to the County Court.
"His life had been threatened and he felt trapped by the heavies of the abalone poaching industry,’’ she said
in her assessment of Slattery. "He states: `I was f....., I was their boy’.’’
But, like most of the information in the psychologist’s report, it was based entirely on Slattery’s version of events.
And, like most of the assertions he made, it didn’t stand up to scrutiny.
As Judge Graeme Crossley observed, the bulk of the report was "absolutely unsupported by a tittle of evidence’’.
The one part of Slattery’s statement to the psychologist that was based on fact rather than fiction was his claim
that he was a talented soap box racer.
But his father dismissed the psychologist’s assertion in her report to the court that his son "travelled overseas
and won a world championship’’.
Family photographs provided by Slattery and included as an attachment to the report included pictures
which suggested he had competed in the 39th All-American Soap Box Derby in 1978 in Akron, Ohio.
But Mr Slattery said his son never got to the US to race.
"We couldn’t afford to go. We tried to raise some money, but couldn’t,’’ he said.
He said certificates from Akron and the event organisers, provided to the psychologist by Slattery,
had been sent to him as a memento despite his inability to compete.
Graeme Slattery — like his father before him — did win the South Australian billy cart championship,
and once recorded a speed of 85km/h in a cart built by his father.
He also raced interstate, but his father said his claim to have beaten visiting Japanese, German
and US racers to claim the world title was way off track.
The great white shark expedition could have been a metaphor for Graeme Slattery’s approach to life.
His grand plan to bring overseas divers to Australia to swim with man-eaters certainly sounded impressive.
Like so many of his schemes and lies and fantasies, it was more Jackass than James Bond.
Advance bookings worth hundreds of thousands of dollars were sold at a diving industry trade show in New Orleans.
But when the first group of American adventurers arrived in Australia, the biggest shark they encountered proved to be Slattery.
Another victim was "Sandra’’, who accompanied him to the United States dive show and later found she had unwittingly paid
for the trip and all the marketing material promoting the venture.
She later told police she had given Slattery more than $35,000 in the belief she was investing in the business and
the money would be used to buy boats and equipment.
The money was all in cash, withdrawn from a bank account in her younger son’s name, and was the balance of a court
settlement related to the sale of a house after her divorce.
"I thought I was paying for a 28ft (8.5m) Bertram boat in Adelaide that he showed me pictures of and said it was
going to be used for the shark diving expeditions,’’ she told the Herald Sun.
"I never saw the boat, a receipt or anything — but now I know how the trip to America got paid for.’’
Sandra said Slattery took her passport and hid it when they arrived in the US, then left her to sell
diving trips while he chatted up women working at the show.
She told police she had no idea how much Slattery was paid or what happened to the money.
But when the first group of American divers arrived in Australia the expedition quickly proved to be "an absolute fiasco’’.
"I was sent to Adelaide, where the trips were to start from,’’ Sandra said.
"Slattery was to supply suitable accommodation and a properly equipped diving boat, a diving cage and staff.
If I started to question him about details he told me to shut up.’’
Sandra said Slattery forced her to leave her two sons without warning and drive with him to Adelaide the next day.
"I didn’t want to go, but I had no choice,’’ she said. "In Adelaide there was no boat, a crappy motel and the
Americans were getting very angry.’’
After making excuses for several days that the weather was too rough to go diving, Slattery sent Sandra before
dawn to tell a charter boat skipper from Kangaroo Island that the trip was off.
When she arrived back at the motel the great white shark hunter had climbed out through a bathroom window
and headed home to Melbourne, leaving her to face the music.
"I was wrecked emotionally and physically,’’ she said.
"Eventually the Americans made me come to one of the rooms and sat in a circle around me and asked me what was going on.’’
The disgruntled tourists left the next day talking court cases, while Sandra was left to pay
a $1200 bill for the motel and the wages for two girls who had been hired as cooks.
"I knew Graeme was full of lies, but I was in too deep and was too terrified to go
against him for fear of his threats,’’ Sandra told police.
The woman whose ordeal at the hands of slave master Graeme Slattery almost defies belief says
at last she has started to regain control.
She has a job she enjoys, has renewed her relationship with the children she
gave up to protect them from Slattery and has a new man in her life.
This time though, it’s a man who loves and respects her, treats her well and makes her happy.
And, importantly, a man her son and daughter regard as "cool’’ after spending three weeks with
their mother and her new fiance during the last school holidays.
The woman’s decision to speak is a measure of her new determination and independence.
"Why should I hide any more?’’ she asked.
"I’ve been through so much, and there’s been so many times I just wanted to end it.
"But the support of my family and friends has been great. They all know what happened
now, so I don’t see why I should hide my face.
"After what I’ve been through, I’m not going to put up with any crap any more.’’
Her journey back from the depths of despair and humiliation has been long and traumatic.
She has survived two suicide attempts, a major operation, a nervous breakdown and extensive
therapy during a long spell in hospital.
But now she feels that at last she has reason to feel more positive and cautiously optimistic about the future.
She also feels anger towards the man who sent her to the dark side.
"I hate his guts,’’ she says.
"I call him `The Plank’, because he’s like a piece of wood with no feelings or emotion.
"I hate him because he put me in this situation. It’s been really hard and I didn’t think
I would ever get back to this stage.”
The woman shares the belief of other victims and police who investigated Slattery that he is capable of killing.
"I felt like if I stayed any longer he would kill me,’’ she said.
"It was getting to the stage I was so sick of being belted for no reason at all, I thought if I didn’t get out then I’d probably be dead.’’
Man Guilty Of Slave Terror
traumatised at least a dozen
men, women and children during
a decade of depravity, a Victorian
court jury found yesterday.
His victims last night said they
were so paralysed by fear they
could not escape his extraordinary power and influence.
Slattery, 42, was found guilty in
the County Court in Ballarat of
42 offences against a woman he
treated like a slave.
A Jury deliberated for four days
before convicting him of 10 counts
of intentionally causing injury,
eight indecent assaults, 22 assaults, one count of threatening
serious injury and one of blackmail.
The guilty verdict included
charges, of forcing the woman to
drink motor oil, eat snails and
perform other such acts.
"Robin", the woman beaten
and degraded by Slattery between 1998 and 1999, last night
thanked the jury for restoring her
faith in people.
"It's an incredible world... you
live with a mad man for three
years, then you find out there are
people who really care for you,"
Slattery, who pleaded not
guilty, was acquitted of 21 other
charges, including rape. He
showed no emotion as the jury
foreman read the 63 verdicts.
Neither did his wife and eldest
daughter, who were in court.
Julie Slattery was in court supporting her husband each day of
the three-week trial. As she left
the court on Wednesday she blew
him a kiss and said, "Bye, spunk".
The jury was told in the trial
that Robin was beaten almost
daily during almost 12 months in
Slattery's Warrnambool garage,
which had no cooking, heating,
washing or toilet facilities.
She was underfed, went to the
toilet in a bucket and hosed down
on the lawn every few days while
the Slatterys and their six children lived inside the house.
Slattery has been in custody
since his arrest in June 2001. He will
be sentenced at a later date.
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Tortured Abused And Humiliated By Boss
"Stephen" was 19, unemployed,
homeless and the father of a baby
girl when he answered an advertisement in the local newspaper for
a fibre glasser.
He went for an interview the
same day with Graeme Slattery,
who offered him $450 a week to
work at Concept Sports Boats in
Stephen started work the next
day, in November 2000, and later
told police he had hoped the job
would help him make a new start.
Instead, it hurled him headlong
into a nightmare.
For months Stephen, who cannot be identified for legal reasons,
was physically, psychologically and
sexually abused by the predatory
abalone poacher who hired him.
He slept on the concrete floor of
the factory, was fed rice and
noodles and hosed down outside
once or twice a week because the
factory had no shower. "He would
make me strip off and I would have
to wash myself with dish-washing
liquid," Stephen later told police.
"I didn't want this to happen,
but I had no choice. It was either
get hosed down or get a beating
and get hosed down".
Stephen and Bruce, a 32-year-
old invalid pensioner who started
work at the fibreglassing business
a few days later, worked seven days
a week but were rarely paid.
To add insult to injury the pair
were also robbed by Slattery, who
took their ATM cards and withdrew money from their accounts.
A minor workplace accident two
months after he started work
sparked Stephen's horrifying ordeal.
Slattery became so angry after
resin was spilled on a boat's dashboard that he threw a Stanley knife
at Stephen, with the blade out, and
hit him in the chest.
He then grabbed the terrified
teenager by the throat, threw him
around the workshop and hit him
on the side of the head with a
hammer. "Since Graeme started
beating me that first day I don't
think there would have been one
single day that I didn't have some
injury or bruising on my body,"
Stephen told police.
"I loved the work I was doing,
but it all turned into a nightmare
once the beatings started.
"I have been treated like a slave
and beaten on a regular basis by
Graeme, or Bruce when he was
ordered to do it".
Slattery's two employees regarded themselves as friends, but he
soon turned them against each
other, ordering them to fight each
other to the point of exhaustion.
Police were told the boxing
matches lasted up to 20 minutes,
with the pair threatened with beating if they didn't perform.
Bruce was ordered to punch
Stephen's nose until he broke it on
one occasion, and the younger man
needed hospital treatment another time when he was hit in the
jaw 100 times.
He was regularly forced to beat
Stephen across the bare backside
with sticks or a rubber hose.
The pair were also ordered to
expose themselves to people who
came to the factory, and perform
indecent acts on each other.
Stephen told police he wanted to
leave the factory but was too
"Graeme has told me that he is a
black belt in karate and has represented Australia. He is a big solid
man and much bigger than me," he
said in his statement.
The frightened young man's
forehead was sanded in another
bizarre incident where Bruce was
ordered to inflict punishment.
Stephen told police he was ordered to lie on the floor and hold
his head still while his workmate
sanded his forehead with a speed
file until the skin was rubbed away.
But the older man did not escape,
Bruce was punched and kicked in
the mouth after saying the wrong
thing in a phone call from a company making inquiries about a fraudulent loan application.
Slattery then ordered Stephen
to get a knife and told him to lay
black plastic on the factory floor so
he could wrap Bruce's body in it
after he slit his throat.
The terrfied invalid-pensioner
was then hit with a torch, splitting
his forehead, and made to lie on
the plastic and pretend to be dead.
When Slattery was arrested on
June 26, 2001, a loan of $15,OOO had
been approved in the name of
Bruce's mother without her knowledge. By coercing his two
employees and a part-time worker into
making false loan applications,
Slattery had obtained $52, 500 by
the time he was arrested.
Slattery finally came to police
notice after one of Bruce's relatives
raised concerns with Warrnambool
CIU about his pay, hours and
The same day Sen-Det Fred Hughson took that complaint,
another detective received a call from
a policeman who had heard from
friends of Stephen.
When Sen-Det Hughson tracked
down Stephen, who was in hiding,
he heard the same incredible story.
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