The daughter of slain underworld figure Carl Williams has shared a heartfelt Instagram post ‘sending love’ to her late dad on Father’s Day.
On Sunday, Dhakota Williams, 20, shared a picture cuddling her late parent in his prison overalls, and a second of herself alongside her stepfather Rob – who she says has ‘treated me like his own’ for 16 years.
She explained that Rob and her dad were the ‘best of friends’ and that he ‘visited her father in prison regularly’, before Carl was brutally killed by a prisoner armed with a steel pipe from an exercise bike in 2010.
‘Sending my love, always’: The daughter of slain underworld figure Carl Williams (L), Dhakota (R), has posted a loving tribute to her late dad to celebrate Father’s Day
Speaking to her 36,000 followers, Dhakota began: ‘The first picture is my dad and I who I love and miss dearly, the second picture is my stepdad I call Rob.
‘Rob has been around for 16 years now and if you don’t know him personally he has a heart made of gold.’
She added that her dad was incarcerated ‘since I can remember’, saying that Rob had taken on the father role from the outside and ‘still does to this day’.
‘Rob and my dad grew a friendship like no other,’ she added. ‘He would visit my dad regularly and they were the best friends.
Step-father: Dhakota also shared a picture of her stepfather Rob, who she says has ‘treated me like his own’ for 16 years. She explained her father and Rob were ‘the best of friends’, adding he would ‘visit him regularly’ in prison
‘My dad wanted my mum happy and didn’t want anyone besides Rob raising his daughter because he knew he was such an amazing soul with our best interests at heart.’
She continued: ‘Rob and my dad sincerely loved one another and that makes me so content to know my dad was genuinely happy with who’s raising his daughter and even happier that they had an amazing friendship.
‘I was blessed twice with the two of you. Happy Father’s Day to the dads, the stepdads, those without a dad and anything in between. Sending my love always.’
Dhakota spoke fondly about her father on Channel Seven’s Sunday Night program in 2016.
Love: ‘I was blessed twice with the two of you. Happy Father’s Day to the dads, the stepdads, those without a dad and anything in between. Sending my love always,’ she concluded
‘We know our dad as our dad, not what he’s described as in the newspapers… so we know him as fun and loving and caring for us, and always made us happy,’ she said.
‘If you spoke to him and got to know him, you’d think he’s not that sort of person, like, and you can tell he did it for his family ’cause he was all for us, all for us family.’
‘It was just normal for me, that’s all I really knew.’
Carl Williams was a key figure in Melbourne’s infamous gangland war, which claimed the lives of 36 criminal figures between 1998 and 2010.
Williams was jailed for 35 years in 2007 for ordering the murders of three rivals, and more time for conspiring to kill a fourth.
Family: ‘We know our dad as our dad, not what he’s described as in the newspapers… so we know him as fun and loving and caring for us, and always made us happy,’ Dhakota said in 2016
But he was beaten to death three years later in 2010, in a jail-yard stoush at Barwon Prison near Geelong by another inmate – Matthew Johnson.
His 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.
Carl wrote several long letters to his wife and others from jail in the months before he was murdered, that have since been made into a book Life Sentence.
Had he been alive today, Mr Williams would be 50 years old.
‘If you spoke to him and got to know him, you’d think he’s not that sort of person, like, and you can tell he did it for his family ’cause he was all for us, all for us family,’ Dhakota said of her father