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Hi Folks I had a lengthy meeting today with Paul and he is pleased that the NEW FORUM has been at the forefront of all the debates involving POLICE CORRUPTION here is what he had to say:

 

'When I first started to expose police corruption I was warned that I would be found dead one day and that was back in 1984.

 

'No one wanted to know what was going on within the SYSTEM and that I was paranoid so I went and bought a tape recorder and full transcripts and reconstructions of events will be contained within the NEW DVD'.

 

luckily for me my fight against police corruption was not a 20 odd year campaign behind bars and the main site outlines my position on the matter of police corruption.

 

'I have also written two best sellers THE FERRIS CONSPIRACY & VENDETTA both of which have not been challenged by the SYSTEM because the material contents are matters of FACT'

 

'Here at http://www.ferrisconspiracy.com I feel that I have created a vehicle for others to voice their own opinion as freedom of speech is something we all have and should use when we have been wronged'

 

'I am no angel nor do I profess to be one but I have been there seen it wrote the book wore the T-shirt and now its DVD time to lift the lid on ALL areas of corruption and to name those who have collaborated with the police to secure wrongful convictions and also to name the POLICE OFFICERS involved'

 

'The fact that there are still people held unlawfully in prisons we will give them a voice and let them know they are not alone as Willie Gage is the most recent victim at present he will not be the last'.

 

 


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Hi REAL1... thanks for a fantastic post.  As for what Mr Ferris had to say, I am sure I speak on behalf of ALL members of ferrisconspiracy.com, when I say that I applaud Mr Ferris for creating this website, for giving people their right to freedom of speech, and ultimately, for exposing the corruption that goes on with our police forces. 

 

Long may it continue.  Well done!


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I managed to contact him through a friend of a friend as we had met before in and wanted him to sign books for my two boys so I took the opportunity to ask him a few Q&A's as I know he has changed my view with the website and as a friend of a friend I did ask if I could post a message that I met him so I am well pleased first of all with getting the books signed and meeting him near Parkhead later on for a toast to one of SCOTLAND'S best wee Jimmy Johnstone RIP.

 

Thanks to ALL at conspiracy for a REAL EYEOPENER


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Hi REAL1 I am very pleased that you got your books signed for your boys as I am still waiting on my own copy for Reg to sign it! so well done and may I ask how was the turn out for wee Jinky?

 

I had to contact Paul to clarify matters as you know many people claim to have met him and has bought pubs, clubs, and has a cousin or mate at every corner in the place so are you going to enlighten us with further information or was this a one off.

 

We also hope your boys will take something from the books as it is aimed at a younger audience to show that a life of crime is a waste of time and as for the website? great quotes and very accurate as we should all pull together and put as many issues on public display on here so that we keep it topical.

 

We are focusing heavily on the Willie Gage case now ( http://www.freewilliegage.com ) and there is information on his site with his address to send messages of support direct to him as I have said all along that WG is a political prisoner for a murder he did not do and the authorities know it.

 

Watch this space!


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Great post REAL1, did Paul mention if he would be participating in the forum here at ferrisconspiracy.com himself in the near future? I am sure his input would be encouraging to those reading and posting on the board.

Bilko has been very busy lately and hasn't been posting as prolifically as usual, the builders are currently demolishing a wall in Bilko's hoose in order to give Mrs Bilko more manoeuvrability whilst in the kitchen.....that's my take oan it anyway. Mrs Bilko maintains it's just cos' she wants a larger kitchen with access from the living room....aye right!

The builders should be done by Wednesday, Bilko will then get back to forum business with renewed vigour and zest. I have been reading the posts when time allows but dust is everywhere and it's bliddy murder trying to concentrate with all the hammering going oan. Anyway guys and gals keep posting and keep it REAL!!

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Hi Bilko... thanks for your post, and great to see you back on the forum.  I hope you've enjoyed catching up on all the fantastic topics and debates that have been going on in your absence - I'm sure you'll have to plenty to add when you're back up and running, and oh aye, that Mrs Bilko is happy with her new kitchen

 

 


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The Moderator can confirm that Paul is kept up to date with all relevant posts and does indeed contribute to the site through Admin, Admin2 and myself.

 

As for taking direct posts? good point as I have said it to Paul on several occasions and is considering the idea of a live web-cam debate on LAW & ORDER just like embracing the technology of the 21st century as did the Chief Constable of Lothian & Boarders.

 

However I am sure that the forthcoming DVD will hit the 'WRONGDOERS' where it hurts most IN PUBLIC.

 

 

 

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Great post REAL1, did Paul mention if he would be participating in the forum here at ferrisconspiracy.com himself in the near future? I am sure his input would be encouraging to those reading and posting on the board.

Bilko has been very busy lately and hasn't been posting as prolifically as usual, the builders are currently demolishing a wall in Bilko's hoose in order to give Mrs Bilko more manoeuvrability whilst in the kitchen.....that's my take oan it anyway. Mrs Bilko maintains it's just cos' she wants a larger kitchen with access from the living room....aye right!

The builders should be done by Wednesday, Bilko will then get back to forum business with renewed vigour and zest. I have been reading the posts when time allows but dust is everywhere and it's bliddy murder trying to concentrate with all the hammering going oan. Anyway guys and gals keep posting and keep it REAL!!

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Hi Bilko... thanks for your post, and great to see you back on the forum.  I hope you've enjoyed catching up on all the fantastic topics and debates that have been going on in your absence - I'm sure you'll have to plenty to add when you're back up and running, and oh aye, that Mrs Bilko is happy with her new kitchen
 
 


Thanks admin, Bilko has indeed been catching up on ALL posts and is well pleased with the great debates that are being posted by the members. Bilko will have plenty to add when things get back to normal in the Bilkster,s household......Mrs Bilko happy Admin?....Hmmmmm.....Let's just say she's quiet the noo....so that's always a good thing. Bilko

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The Moderator can confirm that Paul is kept up to date with all relevant posts and does indeed contribute to the site through Admin, Admin2 and myself.
 
As for taking direct posts? good point as I have said it to Paul on several occasions and is considering the idea of a live web-cam debate on LAW & ORDER just like embracing the technology of the 21st century as did the Chief Constable of Lothian & Boarders.
 
However I am sure that the forthcoming DVD will hit the 'WRONGDOERS' where it hurts most IN PUBLIC.



Bilko is well aware that Admin, Admin2 and your good self hammer6 are the eyes, ears and voice (by proxy) of Paul (a job all three do brilliantly by the way).

Bilko just thought that Paul posting on the FerrisConspiracy.com forum would add the personal touch, and in doing so add a bit of authenticity to the forum. Also Paul's input would be a great marketing tool to encourage even more readers to become members and to contribute, just my thoughts on a way forward for the forum as a member. Bilko

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Hi Bilko I fired an email to Admin asking if he would refrain from debates on the DAILY RECORD FORUM and to come on in here to receive direct posts real-time and agree that it would indeed give authenticity to the site (not that I want to move over ) so over to Admin when she takes over from me later.

 

Well done Bilko

 


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Thanks Admin2, no need for anyone to 'move over' you guys are doing a sterling job. Bilko believes in power in numbers, my logic being the more people contributing to the forum, the more noise we as a body make for change.

Every means at our disposal should be used to add to the already growing numbers of the forum. Paul putting in an appearance as will any other person who has a public profile help swell the readership and membership......Which in turn helps make public the causes we all care about here on Ferrisconspiracy.com Bilko

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Very well put indeed Bilko as Paul's profile would carry a higher magnitude of interest and the link below will be of use to ALL MEMBERS of http://www.ferrisconspiracy.com

 

 

Thursday, 18 April, 2002, 23:24 GMT 00:24 UK

From crime fact to crime fiction

 

 

 

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 ON THIS STORY
Paul Ferris talks to BBC News Online
"People have been saying for 10 years that there's a contract on my head but it's a myth"
Paul Ferris talks to BBC News Online
"You'll never eradicate (police) corruption, just as you'll never eradicate crime."

 

BBC News Online's Chris Summers meets the former king of the Glasgow underworld, who is seeking to reinvent himself as a novelist.

The name Paul Ferris once struck fear into the cold hearts of Glasgow's hardest criminals.

But the former gangster is hoping his name will soon be ranked alongside great authors such as Ian Rankin and James Ellroy.

Ferris's life of crime
1983: Starts out as an enforcer for Arthur Thompson Sr
Aug 1991: Thompson's son, Arthur "Fat Boy" Jr, is shot dead
Sep 1991: Ferris's friends, Bobby Glover and Joe Hanlon are murdered.
Jul 1992: Ferris acquitted of murder
Jul 1998: Jailed for seven years at the Old Bailey for gun-running
Ferris, 38, was released from Frankland prison in County Durham in January after serving four years of a seven-year sentence for gun-running.

He freely admits his guilt but says he wants to turn his back on a life of crime.

Ferris says he plans to use his experiences to write crime fiction books which will be more "realistic" than those currently on offer.

But he also hinted that, when his parole licence expires in August, he may also return to the security industry.

Enforcer

Prior to his arrest he was involved with a company, Premier Security, which had an annual turnover of £6.2m and Ferris believes he could still be of use as a security consultant.

"To use the old cliché: it takes a thief to catch a thief," he said.

But he insisted he would not be involved in protection rackets or "strong-arm tactics", as had been reported in some Scottish newspapers.

Arthur
Ferris was acquitted of murdering Arthur 'Fat Boy' Thompson Jr
Ferris has already co-written his biography, The Ferris Conspiracy, and this month sees the publication of his first novel, Deadly Divisions.

Ferris began his criminal career as an enforcer for the notorious Thompson crime family in Glasgow.

But he fell out with Arthur Thompson and was later charged with the murder of his son, Arthur "Fat Boy" Thompson Jr, in 1991.

Ferris was acquitted of the murder but while he was on remand two of his best friends, Bobby Glover and Joe "Bananas" Hanlon, were shot dead in what is widely believed to have been a revenge shooting.

'Crime was a temptation'

In The Ferris Conspiracy he added to the mystery surrounding the murder of "Fat Boy".

Ferris maintained he was innocent but said the murder was carried out by a hitman known as "The Apprentice".

He told BBC News Online The Apprentice had his own reasons for killing Thompson.

Ferris said he had now given up crime which, he said, had always been a financial temptation.

Arthur Thompson Sr
Ferris was originally an enforcer for Glasgow godfather Arthur Thompson Sr
But he said he believed he could make a good living as an author and said his benchmark was Rankin, the Edinburgh University graduate who can now command advances of £1.2m from publishers for his books about Inspector John Rebus.

He said Deadly Divisions, which is the first of a trilogy known as the Spectre Chronicles which he is co-writing with journalist Reg McKay, was the "acid test".

The eponymous central character of the Spectre Chronicles is a Scarlet Pimpernel-type criminal called James Addison, who is hunted by dodgy policeman DCI Birse and his underworld ally Andy Grimes.

'A touch of realism'

The plot of the first book involves a stash of pre-war Bearer Bonds and the race to turn them into cash.

Roger Tagholm, who works for Publishing News, said: "Ferris stands a better chance than most of making it, as he has an insider in many ways and has already done the research."

"He perhaps has contacts within the criminal world and knows what he's talking about, so that should help him."

Ferris said: "We feel that we can bring a touch of realism, and cutting edge grittiness to crime fiction which is not there at present."

There have been numerous stories in the Scottish press that there was a contract out on Ferris's head.

Paul Ferris in Glasgow bar
Paul Ferris says crime is in the past now
But Ferris told BBC News Online these contracts were a "myth".

He said he first heard about a £50,000 contract on his life when he was acquitted of the Thompson murder.

But he said: "Here we are ten years later, and I've hardly been a recluse, and I'm still here."

He said he had only ever been a threat to police informers, such as the Glasgow gangster known as The Licensee, who he had sought to expose.

But now he says he is hanging up his guns and his biggest fear will be writers' block.

His co-author, Reg McKay, says: "Paul knows crime like the back of his hand so we think we can make this work. We want to write like James Ellroy, only better."

MORE ON PAUL FROM THE BBC ARCHIVE:

 

Friday, 3 May, 2002, 09:04 GMT 10:04 UK

Ferris heads back to jail
Paul Ferris in car
Paul Ferris as he left Frankland Prison in January
A Glasgow gun-runner turned author who pledged to go straight after being released on parole in January is back behind bars.

Paul Ferris's parole licence was revoked after an alleged breach of its conditions.

He is reported to have been involved in a knife fight last week with another notorious Glasgow underworld figure, Tam "The Licensee" McGraw.

He had served two-thirds of a seven-year sentence for gun-running before his release in January and is now expected to remain locked up until 2005.

TC Campbell with book
Campbell has written his own book

The 38-year-old had been held at Frankland Jail near Durham.

The feud between the two men is also linked through Glasgow's complex underworld web to the stabbing last weekend of Thomas TC Campbell, one of two men convicted of the Ice Cream Wars murders.

Ferris was once an enforcer for the notorious Thompson crime family in Glasgow, but fell out with Arthur Thompson.

He was later charged with the 1991 murder of his son, Arthur "Fat Boy" Thompson Jr, but was acquitted.

He was jailed at the Old Bailey in 1998 after being found guilty of conspiracy to sell or transfer prohibited weapons, conspiracy to deal in firearms and possessing explosives.

Crime books

Two co-accused were each jailed for five years for their part in the plot.

Ferris has said that he plans to use his experiences to write crime fiction books which would be more "realistic" than those currently on offer.

His book "Ferris Conspiracy", which he wrote while in prison with the help of co-author Reg McKay, sold 20,000 copies.

Earlier this year Ferris told BBC News Online that he had given up crime and said he believed he could make a good living as an author.

He is said also to have started a security business providing a service to hotels and leisure firms.

Licence revoked

A spokesman for Durham Constabulary said Ferris had been arrested on Thursday evening.

"Paul Ferris arrived at force headquarters and stated that he wished to surrender to police custody," he said.

"I believe he knew he was required and picked the time and place. His licence has been revoked, meaning that he was unlawfully at large."

Ferris was held overnight at the police station before being transferred to prison.

However, it has been reported that Ferris plans to fight to regain his freedom through the English courts

 

UPDATE: PF/PROFILE

 

imagine this situation. a book is written by a high profile, former criminal, now serving a seven-year sentence for gunrunning. the book claims that there are clear links between known gangsters in glasgow and officers of strathclyde police force. the book details these links and the ensuing corruption of police officers, their role in drug-dealing, the bribes and the set-ups, as well as how this has developed. names are named.

sensational stuff indeed. so what happens next?

scenario a: high level and independent investigations are made into these serious accusations. the scottish press reviews the book extensively and sends investigative reporters to speak to all concerned to ascertain the truth. if these revelations are confirmed heads are then seen to roll and the police's power to investigate themselves is abolished and an independent police complaints board is established as a result.

scenario b: the tabloids seize on the most salacious aspects of the violence detailed in the book and spread them across their front pages. the accusations of police corruption are rubbished as "pure fantasy" in the media by the very same police force that is accused of being bent. nobody takes the book seriously because a former gangster writes it. there are no reviews of the book anywhere.
no prizes for guessing which of the two scenarios has actually happened. (scenario a was just a daft fantasy of mine.)


to date, not a single newspaper or magazine in scotland has had the courage to review the book, the ferris conspiracy, let alone investigate the truth or otherwise of its contents. if this is a democratic country with a so-called free press then something's obviously not quite right here. so what's going on?

paul ferris is no angel. by his own admission he has been involved in criminal activities that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. vicious stabbings, slashings, shootings, robberies, extortion, are all graphically detailed in this book. (i suspect some of the worst excesses have been omitted.) over the years the criminal activities of paul ferris add up to a horrific litany of broken bodies and scars, terror and brutality. or put another way mr ferris is not exactly a contender for the nobel peace prize.

yet reading this account of ferris's life and times, co-written with investigative reporter reg mckay, even accounting for a certain swagger and "sticking it right up them", i couldn't help thinking that if this guy is making all this up about police conspiracies and corruption then he needn't bother returning to a life of crime - he's got a glittering career ahead of him as a writer of fiction. the scripts of taggart seem as straightforward as the teletubbies in comparison to the twists and turns of the elaborate plots and incredible events detailed here.

so who do we believe? the violent gangster in prison? or the police force who protect the streets of glasgow with such public-spirited vigilance? with such public-spirited vigilance that some of their officers are known to have fabricated evidence, threatened and beaten witnesses, and perverted the course of justice to secure wrongful convictions against such innocent men as tc campbell and joe steele (the glasgow two), as well as stuart gair, raymond gilmour, and god knows who else.

it is worth stating clearly here that all three witnesses who testified against stuart gair when he was sentenced to life in 1989 have since retracted their statements and have told scottish television that their statements were only made after being blackmailed and threatened with "outing" (re: their sexuality) during interrogations by strathclyde police officers. gair has subsequently been released on bail after 11 years in prison and is awaiting a judicial review of his case.

it is also worth stating here that the only witness against both tc campbell and joe steele subsequently retracted his statement and has been exposed as a paid liar. it has also come to light that the crown office suppressed important correspondence relating to case. these two innocent men have served 16 years in prison each and have refused to sign parole papers admitting guilt that would have them immediately released. ferris' book names the person behind the murders of the six members of the doyle family and the individual's collusion with officers serving in strathclyde police force. nobody has sued either author yet and the media in scotland remains silent despite the fact that this week the ferris conspiracy has now entered the top ten uk best sellers chart.

the real importance of this compelling book is that ferris explains why and how all of this has happened. i didn't think i would say this but after reading the ferris conspiracy i'm convinced that despite his previous activities paul ferris has done us all a favour by lifting the lid on what is happening in the rotten state of the strathclyde police force. (whether ferris was fitted up on the gunrunning charges he was jailed for, it's hard to say, but taking all things into account it seems more than likely.)

ferris's claims are not outlandish, they ring true because they tie in with existing knowledge of the activities of certain glasgow police officers and their criminal associates, and they should certainly be taken seriously enough to investigate them further.

ferris and mckay have had their say. but will anyone else have the courage to speak out and confront the surreptitious might of strathclyde police force? politicians? the judiciary? the media? or even an honest cop or two? in the event of silence we should read complicity.

postscript: the same time as the book is published, one of the authors, reg mckay, received a phone call - number withheld - from someone claiming to be a senior police inspector in glasgow who told mckay that a confidential internal memo has been circulated around strathclyde police force instructing officers not to buy or read this book. if this is true, it begs the question: is someone at the highest level of strathclyde police force trying to cover something up?


A note by the Author Paul Ferris 7th September 2005

This book was published in the latter part of 2001 by Mainstream and was never reviewed by any of the literati nor the media because it opened up to the public for the first time just how the system and the police had operated within the Strathclyde area for almost forty years.

Everyone had kept quiet hoping that it would go away and to become ridiculed in the press so that no one would buy it.

There was even a police memo floating around all police stations in Glasgow stating 'Do not buy or read this book.'
Was this for the benefit of the young fresh new recruits that had joined the force so that even they were being ordered not to read or buy this book in the event that it would wise them up to what had gone on before they became police officers themselves?

In any event I am sure that most people in Scotland have read it and are more than capable of making their own minds up about the contents of the book and what it says about our judicial system.

The Ferris Conspiracy is still being bought four years after publication and was even at # 9 in Mainstreams best selling list only a few months ago and is now the subject of interest from film makers who want to bring it on to the big screen.

At the same time people are asking why?

I met up with Bobby Carlyle through Paul Kerr to discuss if he would be interested in the lead role in the movie that BOF (Box Office Films) were interested in taking on.

During our meeting Bobby Carlyle made it clear if the script was right he would do it but not a Gangster movie which was what I wanted to hear.

The proposed movie was more about Glasgow not me although I was the central character the movie was and is much bigger than me.

Paul Kerr pulled the project with BOF as they were heading for a gangster epic the exact opposite of what we were trying to avoid.

I did not want to glamorise violence in any way but to tell it how it was I also did not want to make a movie on police corruption as the project is also bigger than that we want to keep things REAL.

 


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Hi All... thanks for your posts, and to Hammer6 for the excellent post which included Mr Ferris talking to BBC news.  Very  interesting and touching stuff, and I think it is fantastic that it is being made available to members on the forum.  Admin thinks that the Moderator has excelled himself on this one


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agrees with admin,well done hammer,it was good to hear from the great man himself in the interview on the bbc news online,very intresting words from mr ferris,well done on bringing this to the forum

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Glad you liked the NEW TRIAL VERSION on audio although it was recorded in 2002 it was VERY INTERESTING to note what he had to say about TC & Joe Steele away back there.

 

The phrase: 'BLOWING UP IN THEIR FACES' was indeed a prophesy that became a REALITY.

 

I also noted you had sent a message of support to KEVIN LANE and may I take this opportunity to thank you in person  for doing so when you visited http://www.justiceforkevinlane.com


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