Friends, foes, fighters...Faces.Byline: Russell Myers Russell Myers (born 1938) is an American cartoonist best known for his newspaper comic strip Broom-Hilda. He received the National Cartoonist Society Best Humor Strip Award for 1975.
Myers was born in Pittsburg, Kansas, and raised in Oklahoma.
SOME are villains, some are gangsters, some are hardmen, some are street fighters...all are "Faces".
Many are men who have been making newspaper headlines for the wrong reasons over the past 50 years.
Strangers talk about some as if they were long lost friends. The mere mention of others will send shivers down spines.
Now, for the first time, some of the most infamous "Faces" in Britain have agreed to be photographed - and The People can give an exclusive insight into their lives, their gangs, and their bonds.
The following pages are the result of more than three years work by author Bernard O'Mahoney and photographer Brian Anderson, who have compiled an unrivalled account of Britain's underworld history.
Their documentary includes notorious villains like Arthur Thompson Arthur Thompson, known as "the Godfather", was a notorious Glasgow-born gangster who made his mark on the streets of Scotland in the 1950s, and who then went on to take charge of organized crime for over thirty years. , the Glasgow Godfather, who controlled Scottish streets for more than 30 years, and associates of the infamous Kray kray (krī) [Rus.,=edge], administrative and territorial unit of Russia. There are seven krays, or territories, within Russia. They are: Altai Territory, Khabarovsk Territory, Krasnodar Territory, Krasnoyarsk Territory, Maritime Territory, Perm brothers, who ruled the East End of London “East End” redirects here. For other uses, see East End (disambiguation).
The East End of London, known locally as the East End, generally refers to the area of London, England, east of the medieval walled City of London and north of the River Thames, in the 60s and 70s, leaving a bloody trail of victims in their wake.
Drugs and the rave scene opened the underworld up to a whole new breed of gangster in the 80s.
The game changed. New allegiances were formed and new battle lines Battle Lines may refer to:
Britain found itself in the grip of a drugs epidemic and nowhere was hit harder than the city of Manchester, where the Noonan family soon became a force to be reckoned with, controlling the doors of the famous Hacienda nightclub.
Primed to exploit the lucrative drugs market were gangs of not only white and Asian, but also black, feral feral
untamed; often used in the sense of having escaped from domesticity and run wild. youths who demanded respect at gunpoint. The development gave rise to the birth of rival postcode postcode
a system of letters and numbers used to aid the sorting of mail
Noun 1. postcode - a code of letters and digits added to a postal address to aid in the sorting of mail
postal code, ZIP code, ZIP gangs, based on housing estates.
Sworn enemies determined or irreconcilable enemies.
See also: Sworn included the feuding Doddington and Gooch families.
Meanwhile, the end of Thompson's empire in 1991 led to a bloody war on both sides of the border as gangs fought for control and outright recognition.
Bernard O'Mahoney is a former key member of the Essex Boys firm.
His decision to quit was met with death threats from his former "friends" Tony Tucker Tony Craig Tucker (born December 27, 1958) was a professional heavyweight boxer during the 1980s and 1990s. Nicknamed "TNT" he won a gold medal at the 1979 Pan American Games, and was briefly a world heavyweight champion as a professional. , Patrick Tate and Craig Rolfe.
Two weeks later, all three were found shot dead in a Range Rover
Glasgow-born Brian Anderson has worked as a press photographer Noun 1. press photographer - a photographer who works for a newspaper
lensman, photographer - someone who takes photographs professionally since the early 90s.
His and O'Mahoney's archives are the real deal.
This incredible 24-page pullout pull·out
1. A withdrawal, especially of troops.
2. Change from a dive to level flight. Used of an aircraft.
3. An object designed to be pulled out.
Noun 1. contains a series of extraordinary never-been-seen pictures taken from O'Mahoney and Anderson's new book Faces.
Paul gangland The 47-Paul Ferris Paul Ferris is one of the most infamous gangland figures in Britain.
The 47-year-old became involved with legendary Glasgow Godfather Arthur Thompson's crime empire aged 19, and became a feared enforcer.
He was cleared of murdering Thompson's son, Arthur Jnr, in 1991, but was given 10 years in 1998 for gun running, later reduced to seven. More than 300 witnesses gave evidence at one of his trials, which lasted 54 days and cost pounds 4million - at the time the longest and most expensive trial in Scottish legal history. He once said: "If anyone was born into crime, it was me. Crime is in my blood".
Bullets for an enforcer A gunman fires in memory of Kevin 'Tiny' Donaghey, who died in Burnley, Lancashire. The former IRA man from Derry was given a military funeral A military funeral is a funeral given by a country's military for a veteran, a soldier who died in battle, or another prominent military figure. When heads of state die, they often receive military funerals. by both his criminal and terrorist associates after his sudden death in 2008 at the age of 35.
It was the only time such a funeral has taken place in mainland Britain.
Eric Mason Eric Mason is a British actor.
His television credits include: Z Cars, Dixon of Dock Green, Doctor Who, Bergerac, Sea of Souls, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and The Bill. is one of the underworld's most feared and respected figures.
Growing up, Mason, now 79, soon learned how to look after himself in a home for young delinquents and later became the Krays' chief enforcer. Mason spent most of his adult life in Britain's most brutal prisons - Brixton, Dartmoor, Wandsworth, and Strangeways. In Wandsworth's famous 'E' wing he listened to the footsteps of condemned men waiting to be hanged, followed by the sound of the gallows' trapdoor A secret way of gaining access to a program or online service. Trapdoors are built into the software by the original programmer as a way of gaining special access to particular functions. banging against the cell wall.
Frankie Fraser Francis Davidson Fraser (born 13 December 1923, and better known as "Mad" Frankie Fraser) is a former British criminal and gang member who has spent more than half of his life in prison for numerous violent offences. East End gangster "Mad" Frankie Fraser was renowned as an enforcer in London but he also made friends with rival hardmen. Glasgow godfather Arthur Thompson ruled Scotland's underworld in the 60s .
Thompson Snr and Fraser became associates and Fraser, 88, was introduced to other members of the Thompson clan, including youngest son Billy, 44. Billy (right) nearly died in 2000 after being stabbed and seriously wounded 400 yards from the family home.
Alco, Blink and Gash McDonald Ian "Blink" McDonald, 49, (centre) is one of the most famous gangsters in Scotland's bloody history. Along with brothers Alan "Alco" (left) and Gary "Gash", the McDonalds are respected throughout Britain's criminal fraternity. A life-long friend of Paul Ferris, Blink's chequered career has involved armed robbery, several allegations of murder and turf wars.
TC Campbell Thomas "TC" Campbell was given a life sentence, with the recommendation he serve a minimum of 20 years, for his part in the so-called ice-cream killings in Glasgow's east end in the 1980s. Six members of the same family died in an arson attack during the gangland war. The 57-year-old's conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal in 2004, following his 2001 release after serving 17 years in prison.
Billy Lobban Following the murder of his son, Arthur "Fat Boy" Thompson, Glasgow Godfather Arthur Thompson Snr blamed Paul Ferris and put a price on his head. With Ferris in jail, he recruited Billy Lobban to lure Ferris's friends Billy Glover and Joe "Bananas" Hanlon out of their homes. The next day, they were found dead in a car outside a pub on the route of Thompson's funeral cortege. Lobban, 43, was given six years for armed robbery in 1987 and again in 1993. He had his left leg amputated in 2007 after blood clot blood clot
A semisolid, gelatinous mass of coagulated blood that consists of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in a fibrin network. damage.
5 Gary Moore Glaswegian Gary Moore had a long record of violence and court appearances. In 1983, he was charged with murdering six members of the Doyle family during the ice-cream wars, allegedly setting their home on fire. But he walked free from the trial. In 1992, he was accused of killing Glasgow prostitute Diane McInally but charges were dropped. He died in August 2010.
Paddy Doherty Patrick (Paddy) Doherty (born 1926) is a former activist in Derry, Northern Ireland.
As vice-chairman of the Derry Citizens Defence Association Doherty played a major role in the events of August 1969 which culminated in the Battle of the Bogside, and was a leading figure in Bare-knuckle fighter and traveller Patrick "Paddy" Doherty, 51, fought countless prize fights and is well-known in Manchester and throughout the travelling community. Doherty was shot in the head at point blank range in October 2003 and as he lay in intensive care he pleaded with his father to arrange a fight with the gunman. The gunman heard and took his own life rather than face him. Doherty has denied his hardman image and told a court earlier this month he has played up to it for TV.
Kevin 'Tiny' Donaghey Former IRA member Kevin "Tiny" Donaghey was implicated in the murder of policemen and soldiers during the Troubles in Ireland. After leaving Derry, Donaghey immersed himself in Manchester's underworld and stood trial with a member of the Noonan family for kidnapping and torturing a businessman. Tiny died suddenly in 2008, aged 35, and was given a military funeral by both his criminal and terrorist associates .
David Glover Newcastle gangster David Glover, 42, was jailed along with Paddy Conroy for the abduction and torture of Billy Collier and has been linked to numerous shootings in the North-East. He has been in 40 prisons and spent more years inside than out. But he says he has swapped the gangland-style life he led in Newcastle's West End to be a dad to his four kids and husband to his wife Maree.
Paddy Conroy He was Britain's most wanted Most Wanted may refer to:
John 'Mario' Cummings John "Mario" Cummings was a prolific armed robber and key member of the infamous Geordie mafia. "Only losers spend 10-20 years in jail," John said. "The real villains, men with style, cunning and intelligence, don't get caught."
Eddie Richardson Eddie Richardson is the younger sibling of crime boss Charlie Richardson. Charlie, 76, invested in scrap metal while Eddie, 74, operated fruit machines. These businesses were fronts for underworld activities, which included fraud, protection racket protection racket n → chantaje m
protection racket n → racket m
protection racket protect n → , usury usury: see interest.
In law, the crime of charging an unlawfully high rate of interest. In Old English law, the taking of any compensation whatsoever was termed usury. , theft and stolen goods. Eddie was sentenced to 25 years for drug dealing in 1990.
Roy 'Pretty Boy' Shaw Roy "Pretty Boy" Shaw is one of Britain's most infamous villains. He was a promising fighter from the East End, but was lured away from his craft by the promise of fast cash. During the 70s and 80s, Shaw was a respected figure in London's underworld and was frequently associated with the Kray twins Ronald "Ronnie" Kray (24 October 1933 – 17 March 1995) and Reginald "Reggie" Kray (24 October 1933 – 1 October 2000) were identical twin brothers, and the foremost organised crime leaders in London's East End during the 1950s and 60s. . Shaw is best remembered today for his career as a fighter on the unlicensed boxing scene. But the former bare knuckle fighter, now 74, previously served 18 years in jail for armed robbery. Upon his release he took to the ring again for some of the most epic battles in unlicensed fighting history.
Stephen Sayers & Alan 'Fish' Tams Stephen Sayers, 45, (left) and Alan "Fish" Tams (right) were jailed for three years for attacking doorman Stuart Watson. The Sayers family is well known in Newcastle. John Henry Sayers was jailed for armed robbery while his dad, also called John, was shot in the throat at a Quayside quay·side
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quayside quay n → Kai m pub in 1995.
James 'Jaimba' McLean James "Jaimba" McLean became a close friend and associate of Glasgow gangland figure Paul Ferris during the 80s. McLean, 44, a former IRA torturer who has admitted committing at least two barbaric murders, was employed by the Provisional IRA to torture suspected informants within their ranks.
Davey Falcus Davey Falcus, 44, was involved in gang warfare throughout the 80s.
He was shot at, stabbed, hit with glasses, bottles and iron bars, and jailed for bank robberies. As a known hardman he helped run bars in Newcastle and London and was known for his cocaine and alcohol addictions - overdosing several times. His reputation earned him the name "The Beast of the North East", but Davey later became a Christian in 1995 after claiming to have had a face-to-face encounter with Jesus.
Lewis 'Scooby' Rodden Lewis "Scooby" Rodden (right) and his associates masterminded protection rackets rackets
Game for two or four players with ball and racket on a four-walled court. Rackets is played with a hard ball in a relatively large court (approximately 9 × 18 m), unlike the related games of squash and racquetball. aimed at persuading construction firms to award them contracts at building sites in Ayrshire.
The gangsters, compared in court to organised criminals of 1920s America, were finally arrested as they beat up a security guard from a rival firm. Rodden, 49, a Celtic fan, survived being shot in an Amsterdam bar before a football match in 2001.
Bertie Costa Bertie Costa boxed for England before embarking on a life of crime, which resulted in him languishing lan·guish
intr.v. lan·guished, lan·guish·ing, lan·guish·es
1. To be or become weak or feeble; lose strength or vigor.
2. in jail. During one sentence, Bertie and Roy "Pretty Boy" Shaw, 74, got involved in an altercation with a fellow inmate and were both arrested for murder.
They were acquitted at their trial but Costa received a nine-month sentence for manslaughter.
Vic Dark Vic Dark became an enforcer for some of Britain's most fearsome gangsters during the 1980s. Dark has spent 19 years in the UK's toughest jails for kidnapping a police officer, shootings, stabbings and a daring armed robbery.
Eric Mason "People say that truth is stranger than fiction and in my case it is definitely so. Who would believe, looking at me today, that most of my years have been spent in a sinister underworld of crime, corruption and murder? A gangland world where the famous and the infamous - including stars like Frank Sinatra and politicians - and the most notorious criminals in British history not only socialised but did business together."
Albert Donoghue During the Krays' dominant years, Albert Donoghue was Reggie's right-hand man. When the twins tried to blame him for the murder of Frank Mitchell, Donoghue testified against them.
Tam McGraw Labelled Scotland's richest gangster, Thomas "Tam" McGraw was involved in extortion, narcotics and drug trafficking in Glasgow. He died after a heart attack at home in 2007, aged 55.
Arthur Donnelly Arthur, described by villains as the "Freddie Foreman" of the North, was part of the Donnelly family who ran the Parliament Club in Manchester, for crooks who wanted to mingle with celebs.
The Salford lads Leggy leggy
said of animals that appear to have legs longer than normal for the species, breed and age. Pownall is a legendary figure among the criminal fraternity. Feared not only in his native Wigan Wigan (wĭg`ən), city (1991 pop. 88,725) and metropolitan district, N England, located in the Manchester metropolitan area on the Douglas River. , Leggy (left) commands respect throughout Manchester and the North West. Paul Massey, 50, (second left) is an associate of Paul Ferris and made a name for himself as a "Mr Big" in the Manchester scene in the 1990s. Tony Erdman (centre) was part of Paava "Paul" Corkovic's armed robbery gang as was Lee "Tabo" Taberner (seconf right). The gang was once described as "the armed robbers' school of excellence". They are with an unnamed pal (far right).
Damian Noonan jnr Damian Noonan was part of the infamous Noonan family who ran the legendary Hacienda nightclub in Manchester at the height of the rave scene in the 1980s. At the time, 80 per cent of Manchester's nightlife security was said to be controlled by his older brother Desmond 'Dessie' Noonan and his family. Damian was killed in a motorbike accident in the Dominican Republic in 2003.
Bernie Khan In the 1960s, Bernie Khan ran the Regal snooker hall for the Kray brothers. His dalliance with the underworld led him to become one of the top armed robbers in the East End during the 1970s. Together with George Knight, Jimmy Moody and others, he carried out a raid on a security van in Banstead, Surrey. The gang cut it open with a chainsaw and made off with more than pounds 1million .
Jimmy Tippett Jimmy Tippett worked the door at Mr Smith's nightclub in Catford during the 1960s, and was present the night the Krays' cousin was shot dead by the Richardson gang in the battle of Mr Smith's in March 1966.
Eddie Richardson and Frankie Fraser were both taken to hospital with serious wounds. Ronnie Kray killed George Cornell in revenge at The Blind Beggar pub, Whitechapel but fierce intimidation prevented witnesses from cooperating with police.
Sammy Ralston One of Scotland's most infamous robbers, Sammy 'The Bear' Ralston, 47, initially jailed for armed robbery spent a total of 27 years inside. With two other inmates, he took a guard hostage and staged a six-day rooftop protest in 1987. They were fighting conditions at Peterhead jail, dubbed the Hate Factory by hardened cons.
John Morrissey Originating from Rochdale, he was involved in the jewellery and motor trade as well as protection and strong arm work for the Quality Street Gang in Manchester. Police interest in John Morrissey (right, black shirt) intensified after the gruesome unsolved murder of a garage mechanic caused him to flee abroad. Police believe Graeme Boardman was tortured and murdered for failing to pay for cannabis.
Henry Ward An East End gangster, Henry "Buller" Ward paid a painful price for allying himself with another East End villain called Tony Maffia. Ward was slashed by Reggie Kray after getting into an argument with the brothers in the 60s. He was taken outside the Grave Maurice pub opposite Whitechapel hospital and attacked - and he still bears the scars today.
16 Freddie Foreman To the underworld, Freddie Foreman is the Godfather. Responsible for the gangland killings of Ginger Marks and Frank "The Mad Axeman The word axeman has a number of uses:
Peter Fury Peter Fury (centre left) had links to gangland murder, extortion and other serious crimes. Fury, 51, was convicted for possession and conspiracy to supply amphetamines and jailed for 10 years. He is now a successful businessman and denies he is involved in crime.
Lenny Hamilton & Billy Frost Lenny and Billy were friends - and enemies of the Krays - for many years. Lenny (far left), a former jewel thief, recalls how he once fell out with Ronnie and ended up with a red-hot poker in his gut. "Without warning, Ronnie stabbed me. The heat burnt through my shirt. I felt a sharp pain across my stomach. I was panic-stricken.
There was no escape. I couldn't break free." Billy was employed as the twins' driver in London's East End. He said: "They could be very kind to a lot of people - like old people and kids. They did a lot of charity work. But they could be very nasty too if you got on their wrong side."
George Craig George Craig rose through the ranks of the North East underworld to gain a fierce reputation as a debt collector without a conscience. He progressed from shoplifting Ask a Lawyer
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Terry Sabini Terry Sabini's family ran a huge crime racket from London's Clerkenwell in the 1930s. They were led by Charles Sabini and became notorious for their razor attacks on rivals. At one point they had 300 members including imported Sicilian gunmen and local criminals. Their activities included extortion, theft and illegal gambling. In June 1936, around 30 members attacked a bookie and his clerk at Lewes racetrack before police arrived - 16 members of the mob were sentenced to serve over 43 years.
Michael Bullock Michael "The Bull" Bullock has been an enforcer for Newcastle's notorious Conroy clan all his life. He once shot a pub landlord who had threatened to shoot him first. His victim lost both legs. Bullock is also said to have been attacked with a samurai sword during one feud. Eye-patch wearing crimelord Paddy Conroy has been a close ally since their battles with the Harrison family in the early 1990s.
Bruce Reynolds At 3am on August 8th 1963, the biggest robbery the world had known took place at Bridego Bridge, Cheddington, Buckinghamshire.
The Great Train Robbers, a gang of 15 men led by criminal mastermind Bruce Reynolds, now 79, halted a post office train travelling from Glasgow to London and stole pounds 2.6million - the equivalent of pounds 40million today.
After a huge police investigation, the gang was eventually rounded up and most members were sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Ronnie Biggs Ronnie Biggs was a member of the Great Train Robbery gang.
He is best known for his escape from Wandsworth prison in 1965. He lived as a fugitive in Australia and Brazil for 36 years and took part in various publicity stunts while in exile in Rio de Janeiro, including recordings for the Sex Pistols. Biggs, 81, voluntarily returned to the UK in 2001. He spent the next eight years in prison but was released on compassionate grounds due to ill health in August 2009.
Aaron Travers & David Totton David Totton and Aaron Travers are survivors of the infamous botched botch
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2. To make or perform clumsily; bungle.
3. To repair or mend clumsily.
1. Brass Handles pub blood bath in Salford in 2006.
Totton, 30, was shot three times and Travers, 30, five times when two gunmen raided a pub to kill them. Despite being shot in the head both men fought back to health. The would-be killers were overpowered by a mob outside the pub and both executed with their own guns. No one was charged with the killings of the two hitmen.
Paul Massey Paul Massey is a former member of Manchester's infamous Quality Street Gang, alleged to have been involved in much of the major crime in Manchester throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
The gang was reportedly named after an ad for Quality Street sweets, which featured a group of fashionably dressed people. As the gang walked into a pub, a wag supposedly shouted "It's the Quality Street Gang" and the name stuck. Massey, 50, was jailed in 1998 for selling machine guns.
Lionel THE PEOPLE %MONTH_ McAffree Lionel McAffree, said to be a member of the Quality Street Gang, left these shores for Spain after a supposed counterfeit scam came to light involving hundreds of thousands of pound coins. He is said to be an associate of the legendary Manchester villain Jimmy "The Weed" Donnelly, now 70.
Gypsy John Fury Former bare knuckle fighter Gypsy John Fury, 46, boxed professionally in the 1980s, becoming a respected figure in the Irish travellers' community. But the father and trainer of British boxing champion Tyson Fury, was this month jailed for 11 years after gouging out a man's eye in a brawl. John Fury left Oathie Sykes, 44, half-blind after a 12-year grudge erupted in violence.
Charlie Richardson Charlie Richardson, 76, ran a scrap metal yard while younger brother Eddie, 74, operated fruit machines, but the businesses were fronts for the pair's long firm fraud and protection rackets.
In the 60s Charlie's empire stretched from South London to South Africa. But after a trial in which the press labelled him the "Torture Gang Boss", he was sentenced to 25 years in jail.
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www.truecrimepublishing.com Burying one of their own Faces from the Manchester scene say a final goodbye to an old friend.
Clev Bedgal & Paul 'The Eye' In the mid 80s Britain was in the grip of a drugs epidemic and nowhere was hit harder than the city of Manchester.
Clev Bedgal (right) and Paul "The Eye" (left) were part of Manchester's Doddington crew. They met at a funeral where Paul remarked: "Too much blood has been spilled in this hell they call Manchester. Brothers are killing brothers and for what? "Lay down your arms it's time to talk not shoot. Increase the peace."