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Carl Gordon was born in Greenock on 13th March, 1931, and attended Mearns Street School and Greenock High School. His maternal grandfather was from Copenhagen and when he left school at the age of 14 he had already started to teach himself Danish. His first job was as a railway clerk and he worked at various stations in the Greenock area before being called up for National Service in 1949. After training in the Royal Army Service Corps (now the Royal Logistics Corps) he was posted to the War Office (now the Ministry of Defence) and left with the rank of sergeant in 1951.

He had announced at the age of 11 that he wanted a career as a journalist and in fact had to turn down the offer of a job as a reporter only a few months before beginning National Service. Within a week of leaving the Army, however, he began work with The Greenock Telegraph and eventually became the evening paper’s first deputy news-editor.

He left in 1967 on being offered the post of Greenock-based reporter for the Glasgow Herald and Evening Times. The area to be covered was the entire Lower Clyde including Dunoon and Rothesay and involved long hours of duty.

In the late 1960s an average of 12 ships of various sizes were still being launched each year from Lower Clyde shipyards. In addition there were calls by trans-Atlantic liners and the docks were also busy. The district had three town councils to be attended and the U.S. base at the Holy Loch and the beginnings of the oil industry were also sources of news.

With the eventual down-turn and closure of shipyards and heavy industry, however, it became apparent after a few years that there was no longer a need for a journalistic presence and Carl Gordon transferred to Glasgow in 1979.

Among stories he covered from Glasgow were the sinking of the Kintyre fishing boat Antares with the loss of its four crewmen after the boat’s nets were snagged by a Royal Navy submarine HMS Trenchant, and the subsequent fatal accident inquiry.

He also covered the Arthur Thompson murder trial in 1992 which sat for 54 days over a three-month period at the High Court in Glasgow and was until the Camp Zeist trial, the longest in Scottish criminal history. It was not generally known that a few days after the trial concluded, he received a note of thanks for his reporting of the trial from Lord McCluskey, the presiding judge. Paul Ferris, who was found not guilty of the murder, had written to The Herald during the trial praising the newspaper’s coverage of the proceedings.

Carl Gordon retired in 1994. Afterwards he undertook frequent visits to Scandinavia, particularly Denmark where he still had relatives and many friends. He wrote about his travels in The Herald , often choosing places little known to Scottish readers. He was a member of the Scandinavia Philatelic Society and the Greenock Philatelic Society. He married in 1965 Arline June Bloomfield who died, aged 37, in 1984. They had a son and a daughter.

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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.


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.

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.


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."



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Does prison work?

Almost 63,000 people live behind bars in Britain, about the same number as live in Guildford. They are locked up in our name, yet we know remarkably little about the life they lead. Are we too hard on our criminals - or, as the tabloid headlines frequently suggest, too soft? And more importantly: does prison ever work? Ten years after Lord Woolf's landmark report on the state of our jails,Erwin James , reflects on the lessons of 16 years under lock and key.

I can still vividly remember his dark, pinstripe suit, so skilfully tailored that it retained its immaculate shape even when he sat down, and his lightly tanned, manicured hands emerging from stiff white cuffs. It was the summer of 1990 and Lord Justice Woolf, as he was then, had come to visit the high-security Midlands prison where I was being held as part of his inquiry into the Strangeways riot and other prison disturbances.

At that time the prison was well known in the system for holding mainly "hardcore" offenders. Long sentences and cramped accommodation made for a tense atmosphere. Wing life could be precarious, with a stabbing or a scalding almost every other day. "Paranoia City", the inmates called it. Lord Woolf had already spoken to the governors and the prison officers, and now he wanted to talk to the prisoners.

There were about 30 of us present that morning, serving sentences ranging from five to 35 years. We sat on soft-backed chairs, set in three semi-circle rows in the prison chapel. After some polite small talk, Woolf explained why he was there: "We need to try and find out what it is actually like to be in prison." Until that moment, this was not something I had spent much time thinking about. What was it like to be in prison? Didn't he know? Of course he didn't - how could he? But for the first time since beginning my sentence six years earlier, I contemplated the fact that the people responsible for sending us to prison had no idea what it was like. Perhaps that was the problem.

Around me, men I had never before heard discussing their feelings about prison were doing their best to fill in the blanks. It was "educational", one said. "In what way?" the judge wanted to know. "Well, you learn to understand yourself better," came the reply. "You spend so much time in your head." Others talked about the loneliness, the fear, the paranoia.

I sat there and drifted back to my first day as a prisoner. I'm walking along a gantry-style landing on the long-term wing of a large London prison. I'm on the third floor - "the threes". I'm carrying a plastic bucket inside which clatters a plastic cup, knife, fork and spoon. Under my arm I have a "bedroll": two flannel sheets rolled up inside two coarse blankets.

I'm guided to my cell by a large prison officer sporting a handlebar moustache. The peak of his cap has been "slashed" so it fits low over the bridge of his nose. We reach the cell and with a noisy rattle of his keys he unlocks the door and pushes it open. He's smiling "In you go son, don't be shy." The door slams shut behind me.

The cell is dimly lit by a small, grime-covered fluorescent light. The walls are covered in cracked and flaking emulsion. There's a table, a chair, and a metal bed, with a stained mattress and half a foam pillow. The heavily barred window high up on the wall is closed, and the urine-tainted air makes me want to retch.

I sit down on the bed. Time to collect my thoughts - but no, I hear a sound like rolling thunder approaching fast, and suddenly the cell door is unlocked and pushed open again. "Slop out and get your tea," instructs handlebars.

A stream of denim-clad men in identi cal blue-and-white-striped shirts are shuffling past my door. I step out and join the flux. Down two flights of metal stairs to the ground floor; we're headed towards a set of trestle tables. A row of prisoners in white are serving food. Before I get there I am stopped in my tracks by a scream: "He's fuckin' dead meat!" "Nonce! He's fuckin' dead meat!" I turn and see two men: one wields a mop handle, the other a metal bucket. They are using the domestic implements to beat a third prisoner who cowers in a cell doorway. "He's fuckin' dead meat!"

Suddenly I'm aware that no one else is stopping. Nobody is intervening. Few even look in the direction of the violence. I fall back in line, pick up a tray, collect my meal and return to my cell. As I sit on the chair and spoon down the food, all thoughts and feelings about why I am in prison are relegated. My first priority, I now understand, is to learn to survive.

Back in the chapel, a prisoner was telling the judge that life inside was "a war of survival". I recognised the angry voice instantly: it was John, who lives on my spur. The same John who a few months earlier had led an attempt to burn a number of sex offenders. John's accomplice had been transferred out of the prison following the riot but he had remained, his status with other prisoners enhanced. I half wished that somebody would explain this to the judge, and say: "Your honour, that's what prison is like."

The judge's visit set me thinking. Prison was no doubt necessary. But it was unsettling that prison life was such a mystery to society. There seemed an assumption among many on the outside that people in prison were inherently different. Prisoners were not individuals, but a collective, with the same crude standards, values, and culture - a sub-race, almost.

It made me think about some of the people I had met inside. There was Dave, who on the out had been a postman; Howard, who had been a student; and Tam who had been a council worker. The four of us played pool at the weekend. Tam was the captain of the wing football team, nicknamed "the Commander" for his prowess in midfield. Dave had asthma so he'd taken up jogging. He'd lost two stone, bolstered his health and begun doing sponsored runs around the football pitch for charity. Howard spent his days in the education department studying and dreaming of becoming a teacher.

Three and a half years later, my next movement order came through. By then Tam had been transferred to Scotland. Dave was in a semi-open prison, let out regularly to take part in charity road runs. And Howard was dead - diabetes-induced coma. One night in bed he went to sleep with his face in the pillow and never woke up.

Prison life is mostly a continuous repetition of the same day, over and over again. Finding a purpose and a meaning beyond "punishment" can be a struggle. Often people are not in prison long enough to discover anything worthwhile beyond a new set of criminal alliances. Or people end up inside for so long that any good that might have been achieved along the way is undermined by bitterness and resentment.

The paradox of imprisonment lies in society's expectations: the community wants retribution, but also rehabilitation. For many, sending people to prison is not enough; they must suffer while there. But only somebody who has never been to prison would believe that jails are "soft" places.

I remember the campaign a few years ago calling for prisons to be made more "austere". But the truth that the austerity brigade failed to grasp is that the harsher a prisoner feels himself to have been treated, the less of an obligation he will feel to abide by society's rules, and the more likely new victims will be created after release. Official figures speak for themselves - more than half of prisoners reoffend within two years of release.

I have seen it with my own eyes: a young man serving four years, and not prepared to kowtow to what he sees as the intransigence of the prison regime. Why can't he go out on the exercise yard when it's raining? Why has his mother not been allowed to visit him just because she brought the wrong visiting order by mistake? He gets known as a "troublemaker", goes "on report", and loses his "time off for good behaviour". Less than two years after he is freed, he is back, serving a minimum 25-year sentence. Any connection?

A fair answer to Lord Woolf's question would not be entirely bleak. Opportunities for personal advancement abound in prison. I have never been in a jail which did not have an education department, library, gymnasium, chapel, psychologists, probation officers and counsellors. I have been a beneficiary of all the above. When I sat on that bed in that London prison 17 years ago, I never dreamed how my life would be transformed. I could barely string two sentences together; now I sit here with an embarrassment of qualifications, which include Braille transcription, sports leadership, a clutch of O levels and an arts degree.

There are many fine people who work in prisons. I recall the cookery teacher who made sure everyone in her class got to make a Christmas cake to send home to their families, even when they couldn't afford the ingredients. The teacher who taught his play-reading group to love Shakespeare. The young prison officer who treated prisoners with such respect that, when he died suddenly, dozens in their best striped shirts lined the route from the gate to the prison to bow their heads to his hearse. And the governor who had the courage to tell a man convicted of brutal crimes that, in his view, considering the man's background, he was as much a victim as his victims. But the fact remains that I've never been in a jail where making prisoners feel good about themselves was a priority.

Many prisoners were sceptical about private prisons at first. The morality of making profit from imprisonment seemed questionable at best. But the message began to spread that they were preferable to state-run prisons. A conversation with a prison auxiliary helped me understand why. He had transferred prisoners to a private prison. "You should see the difference," he said. "As soon as the cons get out of the van, they're greeted with a 'Good morning, Mr Smith, would you like to come this way?' They're reminded that they're people first and prisoners second. Their whole demeanour changes. They're polite in return to the staff, and each other!" I had to admit I had never been to a prison like that.

Prison is designed to disempower. Everyone in jail is vulnerable to a greater or lesser extent. Prisoners live at the mercy of those who are in charge, and of each other, and dignity is a scarce commodity. If the regime is accompanied by an attitude that undermines a prisoner's confidence and self-esteem, then all the stated good intentions will be worth nothing. It is when prisoners feel that they are not being afforded respect as people that the cynical prison culture - the culture of John and the nonce beaters - thrives.

During the course of his inquiry, Lord Woolf visited 43 prisoners. When his 600-page report was published, optimism surged through the system. That was until it was all but mothballed by the "prison works" philosophy of the mid-90s. More people in prison, the theory went, meant less criminals on the streets, so less crimes being committed.

Before this idea took off, the chaplain in a jail I was in told me: "Mark my words, in future imprisonment will be about warehousing." I witnessed what he meant. Within two years the jail doubled its population, but had its education budget slashed. Staff and prisoner morale collapsed. Similar changes occurred all over the country. Since then prison numbers have soared, as have suicides, and the best those who serve society can come up with is more of the same.

Prison can work, but not if the system is overloaded and under-resourced. And if it is to work in society's best interest, it is imperative that only those that really need to be locked up, are, and that all prisons work towards a positive regime where respect and dignity for inmates is not compromised for misguided reasons.

A few weeks ago, Lord Woolf urged politicians to stop "playing the jail card". Those who do play a dangerous game of bluff, and there can be no winners in the long run - only more victims.

• Erwin James is serving a life sentence. Payments for his writing are made

to charity.

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Vendetta: Turning Your Back on Crime Can Be Deadly...
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars

5 out of 5 stars Totally absorbing read, first class!, January 20, 2006
'Vendetta: Turning Your Back on Crime Can Be Deadly....' is an excellent follow up to the much acclaimed first effort from the crime-writing due of Reg McKay and Paul Ferris 'The Ferris Conspiracy '. Anyone who liked the first book will thoroughly enjoy this one.

This time around the focus is based mainly on the post childhood/Thompson family/murder case area of Paul Ferris's life, and concentrates more on his time spent in prison and his subsequent efforts to claw his way back into legitimate business and to turn over a new leaf. Ferris in this book is every bit just as witty, sharp, and unassuming as he was in his first book.

Although 'Vendetta' tells of Paul's attempts to turn his life around and appears geared toward letting impressionable youngsters realise that the "gangster" lifestyle is far from glamorous and is not a wise 'career choice' for anyone, it still does not lack mention of violent incidents and equally violent individuals from cities the length and breadth of the UK.

All in all 'Vendetta' is an absorbing read, a book the reader will find hard to put down until he or she has read the very last page. Paul Ferris seems to be a brutally honest individual where his thoughts on certain people are concerned, no one escapes his witty, dry sense of humour not least himself.

A must read book!

4 out of 5 stars The return of Paul Ferris, November 12, 2005

Reviewer:   "imtiazl2" - See all my reviews

A very interesting and detailed book, this shows that Ferris has matured a lot since the old school days of working with the Thomsons. Theres a lot in the book and again Ferris is at it again exposing corrupt cops who use same false witnesses to lock up innocent people at different trials, corrupt customs officers who just want someone to blame innocent or not, corrupt NCS, NCIS, security services and politicians alike, all scum.


But it goes further, Ferris aims to clear his name from the garbage media reports that circulate from time to time claiming that he is up to no good and drug dealing etc, all complete rubbish not based on any facts and some led to his re arrest. Other media hype includes the BBC show Frontline Scotland who done a show about him that was just about what the BBC wanted to spout, out all utter rubbish, when the BBC where asked to examine the facts, they declined deciding to air lies and false accusations instead of facts.


The book does have a humerous tone to it though, and the tales from prison are quite funny. This is clearly an older Paul Ferris determined to go straight for the sake of his family. He still remains very well connected though, some would probably say too well and try and lay some nonsense charges on him.


The great Tam McGraw (alleged supergrass)is also truely slated in the book and seen for what he really is - lower than low backstabbing garbage and the matter is finally cleared up of what happened between the feuding pair, McGraw claims he smashed Ferris to a pulp and was all over the News of the World newspaper - more garbage, in fact Ferris was examined by prison doctors when he had to hand himself back in prison because of newspaper reports and there was no mark on him, just McGraw spouting garbage and trying to be a hero.


I suppose Ferris gets a little bit of respect from me for trying to go straight and because he has principles and seems to be honest.


This is a great book and well reccomended..

5 out of 5 stars RAT RACE, October 9, 2005

Reviewer:   PAUL FERRIS (SCOTLAND) - See all my reviews

VENDETTA is intended to show young impressionable people that a life of crime has no happy ending. Although the book is informative and very detailed it sends out the right messages to the people who like myself thought crime was glamorous reading this book those very same people should stop and think and to get out of the RAT RACE.


As for all of you who like true crime it is a great read.





Underworld king Ferris to hold court at festival...


ONE of Scotland's most feared gangland figures is being given star billing in a major literary celebration in Edinburgh.

Paul Ferris, who has become a best-selling novelist since his release from jail four years ago, has been confirmed for an appearance in next month's Festival of Scottish Writing.


The annual event is the second biggest - after the International Book Festival in Charlotte Square - to be staged in the Capital under the Unesco Edinburgh World City of Literature banner.

Ferris will be appearing with the crime writer Reg McKay, one of the country's leading experts on gangland crime, at an event in McDonald Road library, to be hosted by former Scottish Socialist Party leader Tommy Sheridan.

The notorious underworld figure has twice teamed up with McKay to write books about his life, with debut The Ferris Conspiracy tipped to be turned into a major feature film starring Robert Carlyle in the title role.

The latest book, Vendetta, which was released by Edinburgh-based Black and White Publishing, is billed as "a story of international gangsters, hit contracts, murders, bank scams, Essex-boy torturers, corrupt politics, crack-head hit-men, knife duels, securi-wars, drugs, guns, Yardies, terrorists and more".

Publicist Gillian Mackay said: "Paul and Reg did a similar event at Borders in Glasgow last year and it was very successful, and the book has done exceptionally well since it was released."

Labour councillor Shami Khan, a member of Lothian and Borders Police Board, said: "He's perfectly entitled to promote his book and I think there will be enough public interest in him to justify his inclusion in the programme."

Tory group leader Iain Whyte said: "I would hope that the council is satisfied that he is no longer involved in any criminal activities and really has gone clean."

The city council, which ploughs £5000 into the annual event, said: "Ferris exposes the brutal underworld of Britain's streets and tells more of his story 'going straight' and life after release from prison in 2002."



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Daily Record

Feb 22 2005

Tory leader in new probe on gun deal

By Richard Elias And Reg Mckay

MICHAEL Howard's political leadership is under threat from a multi-millionaire drug baron contact of former Scots gangland enforcer Paul Ferris. The Tory leader faces new questions over why he freed John Haase - a vicious gangster who poured drugs and guns on to the streets of Scotland as well as his native Liverpool.

A fresh inquiry has been launched into the scandal which saw Haase and his nephew Paul Bennett serve just 10 months of an 18 year sentence.

It was a major shock that Howard - then the self-proclaimed hardest Home Secretary in living memory - had freed two of the most dangerous criminals in Britain.

The Home Office said they had been pardoned for helping to get illegal arms off the streets and providing information which helped smash a Turkish drug trafficking ring.

But no one was ever arrested in the raids and within days of his release, Haase was back running his criminal empire - and claiming he had bribed his way out of jail.

Sources close to the 55-year-old allege that up to £4.5million was handed out to various people to pave the way for their release.

Haase was also a close friend of Simon Bakerman, a small-time Liverpool drugs dealer, who happens to be Michael Howard's cousin.

Howard was known to visit the Bakerman family regularly, especially when he went on to watch his beloved Liverpool FC. Howard has for years denied any wrong-doing. There is certainly no suggestion that Howard knew anything of Haase's alleged bribery.

But now, with a new inquiry and the imminent release of Home Office records, he faces even more searching questions.

Today, the Daily Record can shed fresh light on the murky deals that led to the release of Haase - and tell for the first time of how Ferris played a major role as a fixer.

Ferris spent time in Manchester after being found not guilty of the murder of gangster Arthur Thompson's son, Fatboy, in 1992.

There, he hooked up with exiled Glasgow gangster Rab Carruthers, then a powerful criminal in the north-west of England.

In 1993, while Haase was in jail waiting for his trial on drug trafficking, he sent a delegation to see Ferris and Carruthers.

Ferris said: 'These guys said Haase and Bennett had been offered a deal. If they gave information on the whereabouts of illegal arms, they would receive a lighter sentence for the drugs.

'They wanted to know if they should go ahead with this deal. Could they trust the cops?

'Tam McGraw, The Licensee, had been playing this game in Glasgow for years. I knew for a fact the cops simply forgot about one guy's serious RTA offences. Another bloke wanted on a murder charge was allowed home from exile in Spain for one last free Christmas with his family before being lifted.

'Both deals were secured by trading arms.

'I told Haase's men that McGraw's trick was to buy these arms from dealers. These were guns that never had been, or would ever be, used in crime.

'It was a kind of double con but nobody cared. The dealers got paid,the accused got a deal and the cops looked good. Everyone won.

'During one gun amnesty, a senior Strathclyde police officer was on TV proudly presenting all the arms they had taken off the street.

'Pride of place was a Kalashnikov. When have you heard of a Kalashnikov being used in Scotland? Apart from that guy Noel Ruddle taking a maddie and shooting folk a few years ago?

'That gun and a stack of others had simply been traded and the players kept their shooters.'

Official documents show Haase and Bennett did give tip-offs leading to the recovery of a huge amount of arms including Kalashnikov assault weapons, Armalite rifles, Thompson machine guns, Uzi sub-machine guns, 80 new shotguns, ammunition and a massive load of Semtex explosive.

Sometimes the cops described the finds as 'major arm stores of the IRA'.

But we now know Haase's gang planted the arsenals in various locations around the north-west of England.

Customs also gave the pair credit for the recovery of large amounts of ecstasy and cannabis and the location of a heroin factory.

Haase gave information on a handgun that had been smuggled into Strangeways prison in Manchester as part of an alleged breakout plan. At that time, Strangeways housed several IRA terrorists.

Yet not one individual was arrested in connection with any of these tip-offs.

In 1996, Haase and Bennett were found guilty of smuggling £18million of heroin into Britain from Turkey.

However, before they were sentenced, counsel for the two men approached trial judge David Lynch. They supplied him with reports from Customs, the National Criminal Intelligence Service , the police and the Crown Prosecution Service.

All the agencies claimed both Haase and Bennett had co-operated following their arrests and asked that they be given a reduced sentence.

Customs' case was put forward by Paul Cooke who was also Haase and Bennett's handler. Some of Cooke's colleagues were deeply unhappy at his actions.

Still, Judge Lynch gave the pair 18 years, a light sentence given the amount of drugs involved.

Afterwards, he wrote to then Home Secretary, Michael Howard, suggesting he may 'exercise the Royal Prerogative of mercy' for their help.

Different from a Royal Pardon - an acceptance that someone has been unjustly convicted - the Royal Prerogative is meant to be used for guilty, convicted men who have acted with great bravery on behalf of the state. Granting the Royal Prerogative is entirely in the Home Secretary's power.

Howard agreed and less than a year after their conviction, Haase and Bennett were freed.

But instead of disappearing, Haase continued to run the criminal empire he had built up through extreme violence.

A well-known Liverpool gangster said of that time: 'Haase had just had the luckiest of breaks and escaped going to jail till he was an OAP. You'd think he would have kept a low profile.

'Yet the day after he got out of the nick, he was peddling smack openly. It was as if he thought he was immune to prosecution, licensed to commit crime.

'When the cops didn't lift him, I started to believe his boasts that he had bribed a lot of powerful people.'

Local MP Peter Kilfoyle, in whose Liverpool Walton constituency the drugs had been found, was outraged by Haase and Bennett's release and immediately started asking questions.

The night before he was due to raise the matter in the House of Commons for the first time, he received a phone call from Howard.

Kilfoyle said: 'Howard asked me not to raise the issue because lives were at stake.

'We might have been in opposition but he was the Home Secretary. Thinking he meant our police or Customs officers were at risk, I withdrew the question. Now I'm wondering if it was Haase and Bennett he meant were at risk.'

But Haase couldn't stay out of jail forever. Five years after his release, a 46year-old from Dumbarton, Walter Kirkwood, was stopped by the cops in a hire car as he sped north from Merseyside.

In the car, police found a bag holding an Uzi machine pistol, a Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum revolver, 170 rounds of banned 9mm ammunition and 49 rounds of .38 illegal dum-dum bullets.

That deadly cargo had been bound for the streets of Glasgow - and Kirkwood had been paid a mere£400 for the job by Haase.

At the start of his trial,Hasse roared at the judge: 'You can't try me. Only the Prime Minister can try me.'

Haase's protests were to no avail. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Kilfoyle never stopped campaigning for the truth, asking questions in parliament of the Paymaster General, the ultimate head of Customs and Excise.

In March 2001, he said in the House of Commons: 'It is my belief that Haase and Bennett set up the arms caches in Liverpool and the smuggling of a gun into the prison.

'I ask the Paymaster General whether her department, for example, has interviewed Paul Ferris about Haase and Bennett's attempts at weapons purchases?'

Kilfoyle went on: 'In Liverpool, it was generally thought that the gun caches that were given up to Customs were an insurance policy for Haase and Bennett.

'There is deep concern that Customs and Excise have been gravely misled by two practiced liars.'

Kilfoyle believes he has never received satisfactory answers - and is still asking questions on the subject three years later.

Referring to Haase's claims that he bribed his way out of prison, Kilfoyle added: 'I should also put it on record that one name that is always mentioned in this context is that of a local criminal, Simon Bakerman, a man who has done time for drug-related offences.

'The allegation is repeated time after time and it merits somebody,looking into what, after all, would be a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

'I repeat - was Paul Ferris interviewed about the gun purchases of Haase and Bennett?'

Last night, Ferris said: 'I've never been interviewed about this matter.

'But if there is to be an investigation, let's hope it's truly independent and not another case of cops covering up for cops.'

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur has been ordered to investigate the affair.

He will re-interview all the main players, including Cooke. But this time, Simon Bakerman will be called to give his version of events.

Kilfoyle added: 'It is important for the public to understand the consequences of the decision to release these gangsters, when the man who made it is asking them to vote him into the highest political office.

'It showed great incompetence. I welcome the police investigation but it will be difficult for the people of Liverpool to forgive Michael Howard or his disastrous decision that led to the city being further swamped with drugs and guns.'

A Scottish police officer added: 'The load of guns and bullets Haase was sending to Glasgow was lethal. It wasn't the first consignment of guns he had sent up here. We have little to thank Michael Howard for in granting that evil man the Royal Prerogative.'

A spokesman for Howard's office said: 'This is a matter for the Metropolitan Police but all the procedures were followed.

'He has nothing to hide and the papers will show that.'

Never liked the man since Maggie's day. So it wouldn't surprise me if these allegations were true. The Poll Tax should have been enough to prevent him from becoming leader but given time politicians can forget all things.


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In February 2005 a report in the
by Nick Cohen stated that an assistant commissioner from the Metropolitan Police is to begin an investigation into the 'circumstances surrounding the granting of royal pardons' by Michael Howard

John Haase and Paul Bennett, two of the most dangerous gangsters in Liverpool were given royal pardons by Michael Howard.

The gangsters had flooded Merseyside with guns as they fought for control of the heroin trade. Haase was the gang leader and an extraordinarily violent man. He was sentenced to 18 years for his part in bringing heroin to Britain worth £50 million. Michael Howard let him out after 10 months on the advice, he said, of the trial judge. According to Howard, Haase had turned informer and was providing 'unique' evidence against fellow criminals.

He had done nothing of the sort. All he did was order his gang to plant heroin and pistols and then tell detectives where to find them. To make Howard's failure of judgment all the more unforgivable, one of Haase's criminal associates was an amphetamine dealer called Simon Bakerman, who happened to be Howard's cousin.

The fact that Michael Howard pardoned a convicted heroin dealer and gangster who was a close associate of his convicted drug dealer cousin shows that Michael Howard cannot be trusted with power in this country.

Whilst the media may like to highlight the fact of an arrest of a BNP candidate for involvement with drugs, the lack of reporting on the scandal involving Michael Howard and his cousin in this election campaign speaks volumes.

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We are pleased to announce the launch of a NEW MONTHLY e-magazine by Paul & Reg.


Here is a sample of what is on offer:


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Hello Paul and Reg
Congratulations on the launch of your e-zine! Great format.
Very interesting read of the TC Campbell interview and may I take this opportunity to commend the Ferrisconspiracy Team for highlighting the many Miscarriages of Justice cases on their forum.
I have copied the song lyrics to ‘Clocks’ by the band Coldplay, the words of which I feel are an appropriate analogy for what may be the thoughts and feelings of those many victims of MoJ. Respect to all those that have, and continue, to spend so many dark days away from their families for the wrongs of the criminal justice system.
The lights go out and I can't be saved
Tides that I tried to swim against,
Have brought me down upon my knees
Oh I beg, I beg and plead, singing
Come out of things unsaid
Shoot an apple off my head and a
Trouble that can't be named
A tiger’s waiting to be tamed, singing
You are
You are
Confusion never stops
Closing walls and ticking clocks,
Gonna come back and take you home
I could not stop that you now know, singing
Come out upon my seas
Cursed missed opportunities
Am I a part of the cure
Or am I part of the disease, singing
You are, you are, you are
You are, you are, you are
And nothing else compares
And nothing else compares
And nothing else compares
You are
You are
Home, home, where I wanted to go
Home, home, where I wanted to go
Home, home, where I wanted to go
Home, home, where I wanted to go


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Hi All... thanks for all your posts, and to Admin2 for your previous post with regards to the new E-zine,, which is not only excellently formatted, but another valuable tool in our fight against corruption within the system and extracting the long-awaited truth.


I have no doubts that the new E-zine will be as popular and successful as this website is, and congratulations to the team at ferrisconspiracy for creating yet another excellent website. 



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Hi Paul
Ye have probably heard it oan TV, but I thought I'd drap a line anyway.
Ootside is swarmin' wi awfie serious looking polis - they've been there aw night, they riddled a fella wi bullets across the street. There are tourist busses and taxi drivers tackin' detours jist tae watch aw the fun.
A neebor says this is the most exciting thing tae happen here since the great Library book theft of 1954.
Apparantly the guy isnae deed so they took him tae wan of the festering wards in the Victoria hospital. He's nae chance. They should have took him there instead of shootin him and let that be and end of it.
Reports sent tae the procurator fiscal. Ha ha!!

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Paul Ferris and Donal MacIntyre

A self-proclaimed gangster and an undercover reporter who has made a speciality of exposing crime are to appear together in a debate at the Edinburgh Television Festival.

Paul Ferris and Donal MacIntyre are to take part in a debate about the broadcasting industry's coverage of crime and whether crime and criminals are glamorised by British TV. Roger Graef, managing director at Films of Record, will chair the session.

Mr Ferris has been the subject of of a MacIntyre documentary, Vendetta, which investigated the criminal underworld in Glasgow.

Said Mr Ferris: "I have led a life of crime. But now I have vowed to go straight I'll not turn my back on those who still walk that walk. That's their choice, their lives. People like me who have been steeped in crime don't hate the media - as long as they tell it how it is. That was why I was happy to take part in the documentary with Donal MacIntyre. He was truthful to me and I was truthful to him."

He continued: "What you see is how it is. What more can anyone expect? Some people support what I do, others criticise. That's everyone's right. By appearing at the International TV Festival I expect to meet both and welcome that opportunity. If I can help film makers understand how a documentary like this can be made - that will be worth it. If I can persuade more film makers to keep it real then I'll be a very happy man."

In 1992, after the longest ever murder trial in UK history, Ferris was acquitted of the murder of the son of his former employer, the supposed ‘Godfather' of Glasgow's ganglands.

In 1998, he was jailed for seven years for trafficking guns and explosives. Shortly before his release in 2002 he said he intended to renounce crime, and pursue a writing career that he hoped would rival that of Ian Rankin and James Ellroy.

His first book, ‘The Ferris Conspiracy', which is based on his criminal past, has been sold to a film company resulting in a £14m movie production starring Scottish actor, Robert Carlyle.

MacIntyre is currently a television reporter at Five. He made his reputation with his journalism and undercover reporting for the BBC's ‘MacIntyre Undercover', as well as ITV's ‘World in Action'. His recent work for Five includes the series ‘MacIntyre's Millions', in which he exposed trades in endangered animals, stolen organs and weapons in Eastern Europe and the strand ‘MacIntyre's Underworld' which included ‘Vendetta' and ‘Gangster', a 72-minute feature documentary which he directed and produced himself.

Five has recently recommissioned further programmes for this strand. He is also a tireless campaigner for higher standards of care for the elderly and learning disabled.

Also appearing in the debate: Anne Widecoombe MP, former Shadow Home Secretary, and John Pridmore, a 'born again gangster now anti anti-crime campaigner'.

The Festival - sponsored by the MediaGuardian - is open to anyone working in the broadcasting industry and offers delegates a varied programme of sessions, screenings, masterclasses, interviews, keynote lectures and networking opportunities from leading UK and international media figures.

It takes place between August 26 and 28 and is expected to attract over 1600 delegates from all sectors and levels of the industry. Visit

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