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