Exclusive: Killer cops set up online computer company after meeting in prison...
Aug 4 2009 DR.
Two of Scotland's most notoriously violent and ruthless men have set up an online computer firm.
And their clients will be horrified to learn that John George and Howard Wilson are both killers and both ex-cops.
George, 46, stabbed and strangled an 82-year-old woman in her own home.
Wilson, 71, a former police inspector turned greengrocer, shot dead two police officers and left another paralysed following a bank raid.
The duo struck up a weird friendship behind bars. After release, the pair launched the Nethosts Interactive consultancy.
When he was freed, George lived with his partner and Nethosts company secretary Denise Thomson in Hamilton.
But when we visited, Thomson, 39, puffing on a cigarette, smirked and said: "I haven't seen him in years. I have no idea where he is. We were only together a couple of years."
Yet neighbours in the quiet street identified George from our pictures and said they knew him as John - but were left in the dark about his evil past.
One said: "You see him about a lot. I know him as John - but I didn't know what he had done."
The company website claims they have a staff of 30 who work for clients in 30 countries across the globe.
But when the Record visited their "HQ" at The Fountain Business Centre in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, it turned out to be just a mail address.
No one had heard of them.
The firm who forward the mail on for Nethosts Interactive refused to pass on any more details.
Double cop killer Wilson, who served 32 years in jail for the murders, admitted he was a company director in the venture.
He said: "I am involved - nominally. John asked me to put my name to this a couple of years ago.
"I agreed because he needed three people's names but I don't know anything about it. It is something to do with web hosting.
"I am on benefits and therefore cannot make any income. I don't want to say any more. I haven't spoken to John in months. I don't even know where he is."
George has already been investigated for an internet scam selling pirate software while on a prison release programme.
And the IT whizz sparked a huge security scare while behind bars by hacking into a jail computer system and printing out personal files on prison officers .
Nethosts Interactive was started by George, who had one of the highest IQs in the prison population, in 2007.
He was just 19 when he was jailed for life in 1982 for the horrific killing of Margaret, 82. He stabbed her seven times through the heart with her own bread knife and strangled her so hard her neck was broken.
At his trial, it was revealed he had committed a series of violent robberies on pensioners, after conning his way into their flats.
He fled to Cork in Ireland before being caught by police.
Wilson was ordered to be detained for at least 25 years when he was jailed in 1970 for blasting two policemen to death and leaving a third paralysed following an armed raid on a bank.
He gunned them down at his Glasgow tenement home after he and others stole £14,000 from the British Linen Bank in Linwood, Renfrewshire.
He bonded with George while both were serving life sentences.
Nethosts Interactive claim to offer a complete range of web technology.
They claim their services range from processing credit and debit cards online to custom web design and development, multimedia services, consultancy. and training.
The website domain name is registered under the name of John Young.
George lists his current occupation as company director, but in official documents obtained by the Record he described himself as a computer programmer.
The company website claims to provide services to clients, with more than 30 full-time designers and developers working from two separate "studios".
In 1997, while George was still behind bars, he hacked into Saughton jail's computer .
It was feared he may have supplied print-outs of officers' addresses and telephone numbers to other cons.
A computer disk was found in his cell which listed more than 400 staff who had worked at Edinburgh's Saughton jail.
George was also investigated by prison bosses for another IT scam. In 1995, he was allowed out of jail regularly as part of a rehabilitation programme for convicts.
But he got into trouble when it emerged he was running a pirate software scam.
He was being let out of prison to work in a software shop, which he used as a base for his counterfeit racket.
He told customers the giant Microsoft computer organisation employed him to test their then new Windows ' 95 software.
But he sold fake copies of the product, even handing out business cards in his own name, describing himself as a computer specialist.
Fraud squad cops probed claims he had set up a VAT-registered business to front the computer fraud.
And he was also exposed for romancing a married woman while out on placement.
The woman's husband lodged a formal complaint with the Parole Board for Scotland about his conduct.
What's the point of this article?? So what if these "evil" men have set up an online computer company. Are the general public really bothered that these two men are trying to be enterprising at a time of global recession.
Yes, admittedly their particular crimes were of the most heinous nature, however my understanding of being incarcerated in the UK penal system is not only to punish, but to rehabilitate. Thus if they were released and committed further crimes instead of setting up a genuine business, then the prison system has well and truly failed these men.
It saddens me that journalism has come to this when the real criminals like Fred the shred contributed to the economic downfall of the UK, perhaps more time investigating these people would be of more value.