Lifting the lid on the Finn murder mystery | The West Australian

Arthur “Neddy” Smith was not yet a household name back in June 1975 when Shirley Finn turned up dead in her car with four bullet holes in her head.

The brutal murders, hold-ups and extreme gangland violence that would cement his place in Australian underworld history were still to come.

But even in the early days of his criminal career, Smith had begun to build himself a pretty decent rap sheet that included convictions for robbery and gang rape.

The rape earned him a seven-year jail sentence and he was released from prison just a few months before Ms Finn, a brothel madam, was murdered.

So when the Sydney-based criminal was named as a possible suspect by two separate witnesses in the weeks after Ms Finn’s

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