Nine has reacted quickly to the reported death of Carl Williams, the gangland murderer depicted in the first series of Underbelly.
It has slated a special Carl Williams: Baby Faced Killer to air tonight at 8:30pm.
Williams, who was portrayed in Underbelly by Gyton Grantley, died in Barwon Prison according to numerous media reports today.
Age journalist John Silvester, who wrote the book Leadbelly, reported that Williams, 39, died after he was attacked by fellow inmates in the prison early this afternoon.
As a result of the programming change by Nine, a new Mentalist episode will now air next week.
Nine certainly has its finger on the pulse for this kind of thing, and it could undermine TEN’s MasterChef premiere to some degree.
UPDATED: Seven News Melbourne Senior reporter Peter Morris will have all the latest developments tonight in a series of breaking news reports.
The Carl Williams story of murder, gangland war and his major drug-dealing operation is told through gripping re-enactments, archival footage, photographs and interviews in Baby Faced Killer.
Police investigators, family members including his late mother Barbara Williams, father George Williams and wife Roberta Williams, the bodyguard of drug rival Lewis Moran, plus the co-author of the Underbelly book, John Silvester, all tell their part of the story – piecing together the life and murderous times of Carl Williams, the gangland killer with the baby face.
Narrated by Vince Colosimo, Baby Faced Killer gives a terrifying insight into the underworld lifestyle and crimes of Carl Williams. With a string of murders leaving a trail of bodies across Melbourne, Williams became one of the most notorious killers in Australian history in a bid to defend his drug territory.
Baby Faced Killer is the untold Williams story from those who knew the murderer with the baby face best.