Dennis Allen (criminal)

Dennis Bruce Allen (7 November 1951 – 13 April 1987) was an Australian drug dealer who was reported to have murdered many victims. He was based in Melbourne, and was the oldest son of criminal matriarch Kath Pettingill. Allen avoided jail by having info on the corrupt Victorian police at the time. He died of heart disease in 1987 in prison custody awaiting trial for murder.[3]

Dennis Allen
Dennis Allen
BornDennis Bruce Allen
(1951-11-07)7 November 1951
Died13 April 1987(1987-04-13) (aged 35)
Other namesMr. Death, Mr. D
OccupationDrug dealer, criminal
Parent(s)Dennis Ryan and Kath Pettingill

Criminal careerEdit

Allen, nicknamed Mr. Death or Mr. D,[4] was believed to have been involved in up to 13[a] underworld murders, including the dismembering of Hells Angels biker Anton Kenny with a chainsaw in 1985.[5] One victim who survived was guitarist Chris Stockley of The Dingoes, whom Allen shot in the stomach while attempting to gatecrash a party.[6] Allen received a ten-year prison sentence for rape during the 1970s. It is also reported that he was a major drug dealer in the Richmond and South Yarra areas of Melbourne during the 1980s.[4][5] New South Wales Police Detective-Sergeant Roger Rogerson was convicted of supplying heroin in a deal with Allen, but was acquitted following appeal.[7] Allen avoided capture and prosecution for his crimes by having vital information for and against the Victorian police who were heavily corrupt.


Allen died on 13 April 1987 of heart failure at St. Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne; "pieces of his heart actually broke off after decades of heavy drug abuse".[5] His funeral was conducted by Father Peter Norden, a Jesuit priest who performed funerals for three members of the Pettingill family during the 1980s.[8]


  1. ^ Note that Tedmanson reports that Allen is suspected of up to 13 murders, while Shand reports 15.


  1. ^ "Allen, Dennis - Mr Death". CITV. Archived from the original on 1 October 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Of love and murder". The Age. 2 November 2002. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  3. ^ 3 May 2002 Brace for more gangland shootings, police warn The Age
  4. ^ a b Shand, Adam (24 February 2004). "Cast of characters; The main Melbourne crime factions and their most prominent members". The Bulletin. 122 (8).
  5. ^ a b c Tedmanson, Sophie (13 May 2006). "Granny Evil to hit big screen". The Australian. News Ltd. p. 8.
  6. ^ McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'The Dingoes'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 3 August 2004. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
  7. ^ "NSW: Rogerson may have to reinvent himself again". Australian Associated Press General News. Australian Associated Press Pty Ltd. 18 February 2005.
  8. ^ Stewart, Cameron (8 April 2006). "Godfella". The Australian Magazine. News Ltd.