Australia · Crime Scene Photography

Boxer shot in cabaret, possibly because of “underground gang warfare”

May 22, 1951
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Former light-weight boxer William John “Bobby” Lee is shot at a cabaret, later dying at the hospital

Lee’s shooter, John Frederick “Chow” Hayes, allegedly planned to shoot Lee outside the club but was taunted by Lee who said “you wouldn’t do it here, with all the lights shining and all these people around.” Lee was shot 5 times, and despite several witnesses to the crime, refused to name his murderer. Another alleged shooter, Walter Dennis Hodder, was suspected as well, though neither were convicted of the murder. The motive behind the attack has been rumored to be revenge or “underground gang warfare,” though these claims were never verified.

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