John Killick fed his gambling addiction by robbing banks in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s,
but this career criminal entered a new phase when he met Russian immigrant Lucy
Dudko at a party in 1995. Infamously remembered for his part in an audacious and
desperate escape from prion in a helicopter, today he stands as a man in balance with the
community, surrounded by supportive family and friends around him.
On the Inside is John’s story about being in some of Australia’s most infamous prisons … Silverwater, Bathurst,
Goulbourn Supermax; the conditions inside and the people he met there … The Backpacker Murderer Ivan Milat,
Graeme Thorne Kidnapper Steven Bradley; the last man hanged in Australia, Ronald Ryan, but also many unknown
This is John Killick at his best – raw, confronting and redemptive. In prison, John was able to participate in courses
that helped him manage his addiction and put him on the right road for successful rehabilitation. This is his story
of self-discovery, of his wasted life of years in prison, and how the prison system shaped him.
John Killick is a man with a strong sense of perception and standing within the prisoner community having lived in it for over five decades. As a reformed ex-prisoner, his special story is that he’s observed the desperation of lifers, understanding the experiences of those whom have nothing to lose.