In June 1981, a small-time heroin dealer and street thug was shot dead in Dangar Place, Chippendale by an NSW police officer in an inner Sydney laneway. the criminal was 22-year-old Warren Lanfranchi and the officer, NSW Detective Sergeant Roger Rogerson.
In November 1981, an inquest is held into the killing of Warren Lanfranchi. The coronial jury accepted that Rogerson was acting in the line of duty, attempting to arrest Lanfranchi, but rejected his claim that he shot him in self-defence. This was largely due to two witnesses who lived nearby, Mary McElhone and Jane Healy, who heard Rogerson’s two gunshots at least eleven seconds apart.
It was reported as the dramatic killing of a Sydney criminal, and the story may have ended there, except Warren’s girlfriend happened to be Sallie-Anne Huckstep. A drug addict and street worker, but she had come from a good family and was a very strong woman. Risking her life just days after the shooting, Sallie-Anne went public with all that she knew in an exclusive 60 Minutes interview with journalist Ray Martin. This interview is very famous as Sallie-Anne used the media to out Roger for the corrupt cop and killer that he was. She pulled no punches on her attack upon the Roger Rogerson.