'You were the life of the party': Widow of Carl Williams pens gushing tribute to the drug kingpin and gangland killer on what would have been his 50th birthday
Gangland widow Roberta Williams has paid tribute to her slain drug kingpin husband Carl Williams on what would have been his 50th birthday.
The mother-of-five said 'heaven will be filled with wonderful tonight' as she marked the occasion on Tuesday - 10 years after he was bludgeoned to death in prison with a pole ripped from an exercise bike by a fellow inmate.
'The laughs we had filled my heart with forever happiness and a lifetime of amazing memories,' she wrote in a gushing Instagram post about the convicted killer.
'Even though it's your birthday you left me the greatest gift of a lifetime in our beautiful precious daughter.'
'You were always the life of the party, even though you always said "don't get me a cake Bert" because you never liked being the centre of attention.
'Happy 50th birthday Carlos - shine bright like a diamond.'
The pair share daughter Dhakota Williams together - who celebrated her 19th birthday in March - and Ms Williams posted a series of photos of the couple with their only child.
One appeared to show singer Vanessa Amorosi alongside Carl, Roberta and Dhakota Williams at the then-youngster's christening.
其中一张似乎是歌手凡妮莎·阿莫罗西(Vanessa Amorosi)与卡尔、罗伯塔和达科塔·威廉姆斯(Dhakota Williams)一起出现在当时年轻人的洗礼仪式上。
The Shine singer has previously revealed she sung at the $150,000 christening at Melbourne's Crown Casino.
Ms Williams also shared another note sent to her from Dhakota which appeared to be intended to comfort her mother on her late husband's birthday.
'I hope these flowers brighten up a gloomy day for us and especially for you. I love you so much - thank you for being the best Mum anyone could ask for and happy heavenly birthday to our angel,' the note said.
'Love Dhakota xxx.'
Williams was jailed for 35 years in 2007 for ordering the murders of three rivals in the Melbourne gangland wars which claimed more than 30 victims in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
He had already been sentenced for conspiring to murder a fourth.
In April, the gangland widow paid tribute to Williams 10 years after he was brutally murdered behind bars.
The mother-of-five said Carl's humour and cheeky nature lived on in his 19-year-old daughter Dhakota in an emotional post on Instagram.
Ms Williams said her 'heart still hurts now as much as it did' a decade ago, sharing footage of their wedding day in 2001.
'You left me the most amazing part of you, our princess. [She is] your twin, and gets me through the toughest days with your humour,' the touching tribute read.
In the post, Ms Williams explained how she would often share stories of Carl to keep his memory alive.
'Not a day goes by where I don't tell Dhakota one of our funny stories of the days we spent making amazing memories - the memories I'm so grateful you left me with,' she said.
His bashing death followed an investigation revealed Victoria Police was paying $8,000 per year for his daughter's school fees.
It was later revealed Carl was an informant and had given information regarding a handful of unsolved murder investigations.
Ms Williams told Herald Sun she would've preferred Carl was 'shot on the street' than inside his cell.
'No one deserves to be killed like that,' she said.
She also doesn't believe enough was done to get to the bottom of the killing, which took place inside the high security Barwon Prison.
Fellow inmate and gang leader Matthew Charles Johnson was sentenced to 32 years in jail for Carl's murder.
The pair were former friends but were reportedly at odds with one another following the revelation Carl had turned informant.
But at the time, there were calls for a coronial inquest into the death, and Ms Williams questions how even guards responsible for manning the CCTV didn't see her husband as he lay dying for 27 minutes.
'The prison officers haven't been held accountable, when clearly you'd have to be stupid to think they weren't behind it,' Ms Williams said.
'There was one person who was supposed to be monitoring the cameras. That was their only job. How did that person move away from their station for that long? It doesn't take 27 minutes to zap something in the microwave.'
Carl had a long and detailed history with Victoria Police.
He was first picked up at just 20 years old, accused of possessing stolen property. Just three years later, he was convicted for attempting to throw a missile and causing criminal damage.
The following year, he completed his first stint in jail. He had been convicted of drug trafficking.
By late October of 1999, Carl was well and truly involved in Melbourne's underworld.
He was shot in the stomach by Jason Moran over an $80,000 debt to the Moran crime family - sparking a war between the two which would span five years.
Carl went on to order the killings of Jason Moran and his father, Lewis.