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Bilko

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Bilko is halfway through reading the book written about Les Brown the Glasgow Detective. It's called Crime Fighter and is co-written by Brown and Robert Jeffrey.

Bilko couldn't help but notice that this Les Brown ex-detective makes a point of telling the reader the absurdity in thinking Mr McCraw was actually the grassing cretin most of us know him to be.

Does anyone have any thoughts as to why Les Brown would go out his way to champion Mr McCraw in this way. The book in fact to my mind, virtually skips over the existence of Mr McCraw's part in Glasgow's underworld. Tam the Bam's name is mentioned on two pages only in the entire book 117 and 118.

The only crime mentioned that the bold Les saw fit to excite the reader with concerning McCraw was an instance when McCraw, a Mr Snazz Adams and Jonah McKenzie had intervened on the behalf of an Asian grocer who was having problems with shop-lifting and break-in's at his Barlarnark store. Detective Les Brown had pointed out to McCraw that the shop-keeper would pack-up and move out if the break-ins continued, leaving Barlarnark housewife's a long trek for a loaf and a packet of fags...The break-in's ended.

We surmise from this Constable McCraw....sorry Mr McGraw put out the 'word' and saved Barlarnark housewife's that long walk.

Lets here it for tam!! Hip Hip...Yugh!!(STINK)

I'm still puzzled though as to why Les Brown felt the need to even mention McCraw? Is he concerned that this underworld career criminal is getting a raw deal? If so why is he concerned? Hmmmm. Bilko

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Hi Bilko... thanks for your post regarding the book you are currently reading about Les Brown, ex-detective. Within his book, he indicates that 'a well seasoned Detective always keeps his ear to the ground for information', and also stated that he has never heard of Mr McGraw dealing with the cops.  So either, Mr Brown has a hearing impediment on an enormous scale, or he is being a 'little' economical about the truth with the publisher.

 

WE all know that McGraw was (is??) best pals with Strathclyde Police Farce, and they know it too.  Which is probably why they continually go out of their way to dispell such fanciful rumour-mongering.  Do we believe it?  Do we hell.

 

Perhaps when Les Brown is next scheduled to see the specialist who is dealing with his hearing impediment, he might get the volume on his hearing aid turned up, and then he'll REALLY know what's going on around him...  Incidentally, he'll have to keep his ear to the ground, because don't snakes like McGraw like to slither there???? Perhaps then we can all eagerly await the second volume from Les Brown, which will probably tell a totally different story altogether.

 

A good friend of mine, Avid Reader, has also read this book, and gave it a rating of 6/10.  Perhaps the next volume will rate a little higher???

 


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Do you think Mr Broons NEW book will be 'Hear no Evil, See No EVIL and tell NO LIES'? Nah didn't think so but Bilko is right why has big Hen Broon went out his way to keep PC sorry DI McGraw out of the lime light?

 

I am sure every 'SEASONED DETECTIVE' would know ALL about the alleged ICE CREAM WARS THEN? unless you do have a severe problems with yer lugs and LES BROWN EX-DETECTIVE knows exactly who did what and when then has the audasity to be working on a FIGHT for JUSTICE campain...........mmmmmmm I think more of an intelligence gathering exercise for his old mates.

 

I knew a man once who was very good at remmembering to forget things now I have read someone who hears what he wants when it suits him and got paid for it by the publisher 'CRIME FIGHTER' my a**e!

 

Awa an get yer ears looked at HEN as even oor WULLIE widnay come oot wat that yin ya big daftie and take OOR MA BROONS dress off whilst yer ears are gettin done by a specialist as I heard you can hear the difference between a £20 note and a £50 note rustling in some pocket at fifty yards away noo c'moan and write a real book from a man who knows and that is yersel and ye know it.

 

The only problem LES BROWN has is if he actually told the TRUTH his mates would burn him and I mean goodnight LES (PERMENANTLY) so I kinda understand why the book was so P**H you were restricted but dont try and start conning the PUBLIC did ye no day that enough when you took the OATH when ye were active? coz I know a wee bird that knows another and from what I hear dont end up a laughing stock like CRIMELORD nod nod wink wink....................Even ma ould GRANNY wiz laughin and you should have donated the money ye got fay the book towards gettin yer hearin fixed! eh? jings helpma boab wit wiz that................................SCUD!

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Hi Real1...thanks for your post.  Very good points made about the 'content' of Les Brown's book.  Excellent suggestion as to the title of his next book, but should it not be more aptly named 'Heard All Evil, Know All Evil, and Will Continue To Peddle More Evil To The Public'???  When all's said and done, the public will believe what they want to believe - fact or fiction.  Incidentally, was Les Brown's book found in the fiction section?  Or local humour?  THIS website will continue to educate the public in a way that these 'true crime' books never will...

Perhaps it was the Slimelord himself that encouraged 'o deaf one' to jump on the book writing bandwagon...  in any case, BIG mistake - WE all know the truth, and book or no book, 'blood will out', as they say.  In the literal sense of course folks...


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Great comments and a bit of enlightenment when it comes to Les Brown, dont know if im right or not but is he not a retired police officer, dont know if thats any different but if he's retired its cause he has to through 'old age'. Which is a bit different to an 'x-cop' as he could have been put out the police force if that was the case....you know the way PJ was....

 

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Nice to have a bit of back-up GMAC and glad you had a laugh at Hen BROON poor dumplin and i have a problem with my ears too its called earplugs and when BROON has them removed the better or is that a fixed asset for his mates? anyway the book nor his attempt to get street cred worked as we are no all as daft as the army rejects think we are! We have good ears you know.

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Hi GMAC... glad to see you back on the new forum, and thanks for  your post.  When a cop is retired, or forced out because of any other reasons, I believe that they will only tell what they want others to hear - whether it's lies or not, which it generally is, going by the literature produced by Les Brown.  If they WERE to tell the truth, they would most likely be opening up a whole can of worms which would involve (point the finger at??) other cops who are perhaps still active, which I'm sure would have serious repercussions on the one who opened his mouth in the first place...  After all, the Police (and entire system) work to a code as well...


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i read a book by jeffrey who said Arthur Thompson never helped the polis when PF was up for shooting Fatboy when he did the really good job of not helping them by taking the witness box Jeffrey is a bullshitter who uses backwater journalism and lies and prints them as fact Russell Findley springs to mind

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Good point Galso...  the media will print what they want to print (and what they are paid to print), but it's what we believe to be the truth that counts.  You know it, WE all know it, and one day, the whole bloody world will know it.
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Galso mate they sell these books as TRUE CRIME when the people in the know (like us) can prove that its the fiction section they should be in and get done for FRAUD! If on the other hand I do not believe all that is written in Paul's book but there are facts to back it up unlike the Jeffry fellow so well spotted as The Godfather Thompson did give evidence against Paul and got a fabricated letter made to try and get Paul convicted so do you think that his heart attack was because he knew he was getting it after what they did to Paul's mates and his old man?

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Well said REAL1...  I am sure that Thompson Senior knew that his day was coming - after all, doesn't every dog get it's day? - so perhaps the heart attack WAS brought on by the fact that he knew that he had deliberately wronged others, and was a little 'anxious' about any repercussions...  Maybe he should have tried the auld nerve calming pills, like McGraw does...?


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I recall reading somewhere that the 'heart-attack' may have had a more sinister origin. that it was induced somewhat deliberately by certain parties from across the water. Apparently because of some perceived dirty double-crossing by Mr Godfather on the boys across the sea. Have no clue whatsoever of the validity of this, just thought i would mention it. Recollect reading it in passing somewhere. Bilko


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Hi Bilko... very strange that last post of yours.  I was going to put in my previous post that I (personally) believed that the heart attack had been brought about in some sinister way. Whether he was helped along by others he had crossed, or whether he chose euthanasia as a way out instead of facing up to his demons, who knows, but the thought had crossed my mind.  Thanks for the post.


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I dont suppose it's entirely beyond the realms of belief that some jiggery-pockery could have played a part Admin, either self-induced or by others unknown. Always a possibility. Bilko
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i personally think it was the stress as he knew what Paul is capable of doing as he was his hit-man for years was Thompson really frightened at what was coming as he knew how good Paul was for him or i like the bit in VENDETTA where BOBBY GLOVER & JOE HANLON (God Bless them) was at the bottom of Thompson's bed and the dates etc but F**K knows he's gone now and probably saved a lot of people a lot of trouble Mr Ferris?

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