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Story of Frank Theeman and Abe Saffron

Frank Theeman and Abe Saffron were two of the most notorious figures in the history of organized crime in Australia. Both men were involved in a range of illegal activities, Abe in drug trafficking, prostitution, and extortion, Frank in corrupting public officials, violently outing tenants in Victoria Street and possibly murder. Both were known for their connections to powerful political and business figures.

Frank Theeman was a post war immigrant. owner of a lingerie company was a wealthy developer and hotel owner who operated in the Kings Cross area of Sydney during the 1960s and 1970s. He was known for his involvement in the Sydney underworld, and was linked to a range of criminal activities, including violence towards tenanted of his properties and corruption.

Abe Saffron, meanwhile, was a notorious crime boss who operated in Sydney during the same period. He was known as the “King of the Cross” and “Mr Sin’ due to his dominance of organised crime in the Kings Cross area. He was involved in a range of criminal activities, including illegal gambling, prostitution, drug trafficking and corrupting public officials.

Both men were also likely linked to the disappearance of anti-development activist Juanita Nielsen in 1975. Nielsen was an outspoken opponent of a proposed high-rise development in Kings Cross, and it is widely believed that her activism made her a target for developer and organized crime bosses, including Theeman and Saffron.

Despite their involvement in a range of illegal activities, both Theeman and Saffron managed to evade justice for many years. It was only in the 1980s and 1990s, after years of investigations and legal battles, that the full extent of their criminal activities began to come to light.

Today, Frank Theeman and Abe Saffron are remembered as two of the most notorious and influential figures in the history of organized crime in Australia. Their legacies serve as a reminder of the dangers of unchecked power and corruption, and the ongoing need for vigilance in the fight against organized crime and injustice.

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Disappearance of Juanita Nielsen

Immersive True Crime Drama

6.30 pm & 8 pm Thursday to Saturday from 28 September to 14 October 2023.

Our new immersive crime drama will premier in the Crypt beneath St James’ Church at 6.30 pm Thursday, 28th September and run for two weeks. Booking will open in June 2023.

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The photo is the memorial to Juanita Nielsen at Foy-Smith Crypt in South Head Cemetery. One day her remains may be discovered and interned there. A sad place to visit.