|Other names||Granny Evil|
|Occupation||Former brothel owner|
Pettingill has one glass eye, having lost an eye after being shot through a closed door at the Collingwood Housing Commission of Victoria flats by Kim Nelson and Keryn Thompson as she and her son Dennis attempted to repay a $300 debt on behalf of her daughter, Vicky.[page needed]
Pettingill's children include some of Melbourne's most infamous criminals.
- Dennis Allen, an infamous Melbourne drug dealer. Died in 1987 of a heart attack while in custody awaiting trial for murder.
- Peter Allen, convicted of armed robbery.
- Lex Peirce, minor criminal record.
- Victor Peirce, acquitted of the 1988 Walsh Street police shootings, killed in 2002.
- Jamie Pettingill, died of a heroin overdose in 1985, aged 21.
- Trevor Pettingill, acquitted of the 1988 Walsh Street police shootings. Trevor has multiple convictions for firearms and drug-related offences, and has served several jail terms. He has been described as a "career criminal".
A biography of her life, titled, The Matriarch: The Kathy Pettingill Story was released in 1996 written by Adrian Tame. Pettingill now lives in Venus Bay, Gippsland, Victoria.
A fictionalised version of her appears in the film Animal Kingdom, in which she is portrayed by Jacki Weaver, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance.
- "Coming clean". The Age. October 1, 2005. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
- Shand, Adam (2007). Big Shots. Viking Books. ISBN 978-0-670-04071-1.
- Tame, Adrian (1996). The Matriarch: The Kathy Pettingill Story. Pan Macmillan. pp. 58, 60. ISBN 0-7329-0854-X. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
- Munroe, Ian. Butcher, Steve (May 3, 2002). "Brace for more gangland shootings, police warn". The Age. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
- "Crime world loses one of its finest". The Sydney Morning Herald. May 3, 2002. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
- "Melbourne crime figure's son guilty". Ninemsn. May 20, 2010. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
- Tame, Adrian (June 10, 2007). "Bingo dogs' number's up". Herald Sun. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
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