The Bank Teller, The Irish Terrorists & The Muddled Investigation

Irish revolutionaries, a syringe full of poison with an even rarer antidote, a bomb, and an unsuspecting everyman… It sounds like the plot of an action-packed Tom Clancy novel.

But it all happened. No, not in America – right here on Australian soil, or sand, rather.

Back in 2009, it was the Gold Coast’s glitter strip that was the setting for one of the strangest true crime stories in local lore. Continue reading The Bank Teller, The Irish Terrorists & The Muddled Investigation

‘Irish Revolutionaries’ at Centre of Gold Coast Intrigue

Danielle Cronin | 11 November 2011 | Brisbane Times

Harrison Ford in the film adaptation of the 1992 Tom Clancy novel <i>Patriot Games</i>.
Harrison Ford in the film adaptation of the 1992 Tom Clancy novel Patriot Games.

A bank manager hankers for an “ordinary, suburban life” again after “2½ years of pure hell” involving a crime that would inspire Tom Clancy, a celebrated writer of thrillers.

It centres on a heist involving “Irish revolutionaries”, a carjacking and a syringe filled with a poisonous substance that would swiftly cause death unless the victim took an antidote.

The target was 51-year-old John Thomas Forrester – a suburban father who worked at the Bank of Queensland branch at Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast. Continue reading ‘Irish Revolutionaries’ at Centre of Gold Coast Intrigue

Manager John Thomas Forrester not guilty of robbing own bank

Jeremy Pierce | 9 November, 2011 | The Courier-Mail

John Forrester
NOT GUILTY: Bank of Queensland Mudgeeraba branch owner-manager John Forrester has been acquitted over the robbery at his bank last April. Source: The Courier-Mail

A JURY has found a Gold Coast bank manager not guilty of robbing his own branch.

John Thomas Forrester, 51, sighed with relief in Southport District Court today as he was acquitted of stealing $40,000 from the Mudgeeraba branch of the Bank of Queensland in April 2009.

Mr Forrester has admitted taking the money but claimed he was forced by Irish revolutionaries who injected him with a mysterious substance.

Only if he delivered a backpack full of cash to a local park would he be given access to an antidote. Continue reading Manager John Thomas Forrester not guilty of robbing own bank