'Australia's most dangerous man' released from prison
A CONVICTED double murderer once described as "the most dangerous man in Australia" has been released from prison in Queensland's south-east, despite a judge's recommendation he stay behind bars forever.
Paul B Kidd's 1993 book Never to be Released describes how Francis James Carter was sentenced to life in prison for bashing a man to death with a baseball bat in 1989, before cutting his throat and chopping off his fingers with a bolt cutter.
The victim, Phillip Clayton, had apparently committed the 'crime' of speaking to Carter's girlfriend at a barbecue.
Later in the chapter, which Mr Kidd called The Most Dangerous Man in Australia, he quotes Detective Senior Constable David Hintz as saying the murder was "one of the most vicious" he had ever seen.
Fairfax Media understands Carter was released Wednesday from the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre at Gatton on parole.