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Glasgow crime story by safekeeper Johnny Raminski
In the Glasgow Underworld, most members are given nicknames that reflect their penchant for violence.
However, one of the most notorious criminals in the city was known as Gentle Johnny during a career that spanned six decades.
Although Johnny Raminski was a tough lawbreaker, he hated any rough things and had his own code of ethics.
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Glasgow crime story Linda Spence
Financial advisor Linda Spence endured 14 days of hell, helplessly chained to a chair by her tormentors Colin Coates and Philip Wade.
Coats took her to the attic of a flat in West Kilbride, Ayrshire, strapped her to a chair, taped her mouth to stop her screaming and put glasses with lenses fixed on her eyes.
They used an iron, golf club, cigarettes, and bolt cutters as Linda sat blindfolded in terror and defenselessness before killing her.
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The Glasgow Crime Story by Arthur Thompson
He was the Glasgow equivalent of Don Corleone, the fictional New York crime lord immortalized by Marlon Brando in his portrayal.
Once, when giving evidence in Glasgow High Court, Arthur Thompson joked about speaking with a piece of cotton in his mouth – a technique Brando used to sound like a mob boss.
For more than 30 years – until his death in 1993 – Thompson ruled the Glasgow criminal underworld with an iron fist through his interests in racketeering, moneylending, illegal casinos, robbery and drugs.
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Glasgow crime story of Bridgton leader Billy Boys
Years ago, a gang managed to strike fear into the hearts of the people of Glasgow. It was formed into one of the largest street gangs in UK history by one man – Billy Fullerton.
Often dressed in an elegant three-piece suit, tie, and clean white handkerchief in his top pocket, he could easily have been taken for a businessman or member of a profession.
However, Billy Fullerton was not a middle-class, white-collar worker.
He was the leader of the infamous Bridgeton Billy Boys, and the reign of terror in the 1920s and 1930s Glasgow was gripped by fear.
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