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Hi Bilko R1 was asked to post it earlier on as it was another great bit of work by the FERRIS MCKAY TEAM

R1 should have given credit to the authors  but glad you like it...... I personally think its their strongest piece yet

Yes it's an exceptional piece admin2, i had my suspicions it was our own dynamic duo, but just wanted the confirmation, thought maybe there was some other great author out there i hadn't yet read. It goes without saying i meant no slur to the bold Real1 by my inquiry. Cheers guys! Bilko


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Well spotted Bilkster

BY PAUL FERRIS AND REG MCKAY

ARCHIVED FOR FORUM 09/08/2007

The Vultures & Snitch’s Bitches:

 

Death it only happens to you once.  Who would you choose to be by your death bed?  A vulture?

 

To understand we have to go to 2004 in what was the biggest crime story for months.  Shootings in pubs get the public imagination flowing.

 

Stories of the street don’t surprise me much - a legacy of the life I used to live.  But McGraw in his Shogun with his snitch’s bitches bleeding in the back did get me thinking.  What the hell were they doing there?

 

The scene was just after a shooting in the Royal Oak in Nitshill in Glasgow’s southside.  A lone gunman had walked in and started blasting at his two targets - Craig ‘Hairy Hands’ Devlin and John ‘Joker’ McCartney.  Even the dogs on the street could guess what that was about.

 

Stewart ‘Speccy’ Boyd had ruled the streets of the southside for years till his death in mysterious car crash on the Costa del Sol in 2003.  When I was active, Speccy and I had our differences from time to time but there’s no disputing he was good at many things.  When he died there was a power vacuum and no one to take over.  Except other people had different ideas.

 

Joker McCartney worked to Speccy for years.  He was known as the Richest Binman in the World since that’s what he used to do.  Joker thought he was Speccy’s depute but other people knew he couldn’t walk a mile in that man’s shoes.

 

‘Hairy Hands’ Devlin was a late comer to the street.  His wife’s father had been one of the oil rig workers who suffered so badly in the Piper Alpha disaster.  Hairy Hands would boast how his wife had received a generous amount of her dad’s compensation and he had used that to get into the more lucrative business of crime.  Or so he hoped. 

 

The pair were simply no raters till Speccy Boyd died then they thought they were the bees knees.  While I believe that McGraw’s death won’t result in turf wars in the east end, Speccy’s death led to all sort of badness in the southside with men, women and young folk getting hurt. 

 

McCartney and Devlin didn’t just try to take over they also ‘lost’ Speccy’s money - some of it earned from legitimate enterprises.  The day Speccy died his father - a straight, decent guy - was sacked as a security guard by the firm he worked for - Osiris.  Osiris is owned by disgraced former cop Paul Johnston, Speccy’s business partner, who Speccy had been visiting and whose Audi TT he had been driving when he was killed. 

 

Even before the grief hit Speccy’s family, it had turned very personal. 

 

Local people in the southside could see what was happening, witnessed McCartney and Devlin throwing their weight around, hurting innocent people and didn’t like it.  By the time of the shooting in Royal Oak, there was a queue of people lining up to have a go at that pair. 

 

McGraw and Speccy had done some business - that was common knowledge.  But when he died what the hell was McGraw doing hanging around with McCartney and Devlin?

 

Rumours spread that McGraw planned to take over the southside.  Maybe, since he was always looking for more bucks, more profit.  There was another theory I prefer - McGraw had become Tommy No Pals.

 

In the last few years his close associates had all died bloodily.  The violence of some of his crew to innocent citizens in the east end had made him more unpopular than ever.  The southside was a different matter.  The price he paid was to associate with McCartney and Devlin.     

 

They had a lot in common - the love of money came first. 

 

When Speccy died it was McCartney and Devlin who picked at his bones - at least in the financial sense.  They wanted very penny they could get and didn’t mind denying his own family their rightful due.  Time and again McGraw had carried out the same trick with dead friends.   

 

Vultures picking at the bones.

 

When a few weeks after the shooting the Royal Oak was torched, burned to the ground and the site cleared it was like a re-run of the demolition of McGraw’s pub, The Caravel, when he was warned that the cops planned a thorough forensic check for evidence of Bobby Glover and Joe Hanlon’s Murders.

 

After that Devlin took of to McGraw’s house in Tenerife then on to a house in Benidorm.  Rumours hit the press that he had fallen out with McGraw.  I prefer the explanation that he was avoiding the streets of Glasgow and being called as a prosecution witness for his own shooting.  It will be interesting to see if he’s tempted back for the funeral by the pot of McGraw’s gold. 

 

McCartney stuck around and refused to cooperate with the police.  He told the court that the accused, Ross Boyd, Speccy’s nephew was his cousin and added,

“He’s the least likely person in the world to shoot me.”  In street terms, McCartney was doing the right thing. 

 

There was a big question about McGraw.  He had been in the pub when the shooting happened though there’s a rumour he dived under a pool table. Was he not going to appear as a witness?  When asked, someone very close to the case said,

“Mr McGraw doesn’t do witness appearances.”  We know that.  Not even when cited by the prosecution.  Ross Boyd was found Not Guilty.   

 

McGraw might have been mean, greedy and paid others to dispense pain on a whim - but he had enough sense to suss out what McCartney and Devlin were all about.  Like him in other words.

 

I wonder what he felt like as the heart attack gripped his chest and there by his bedside stood Joker McCartney? 

 

Seeing the vulture hover over his body even before he was dead?  It’s not the way I’d choose to spend my last minutes on earth.  But was it some kind of justice?


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I just came across this, i dont read the record cos they aint always had the best rep for the truth so i hadnt read it,thought id post it anyway,gave me a laugh,especially the quote from McGraw saying he will never leave glasgow cos Paul wil say he ran from him,well he never even left his bloody house nevermind glasgow,lol,hes got his final wish then eh?He'll certainly no be leaving glasgow anytime soon now eh?NOTICE HOW THE RECORD ALWAYS INSIST PAUL AND MC GRAW HAD A "BUSINESS ARRANGEMENT",aye right,lol!Cheers
 
MCGRAW FUNERAL: STAY AWAY FERRIS

THE widow of gangland godfather Tam McGraw has warned his arch-enemy Paul Ferris not to come to his funeral to gloat over his corpse.

Ferris told pals he wanted to go to the service "just to make sure he's dead".

But grieving Margaret McGraw got wind of Ferris's plan and quickly warned him off.

An underworld source said last night: "Ferris is the very last person McGraw's family wants to see at the funeral.

"Margaret heard Ferris wanted to go but she has told him to stay away.

"Feelings are running high after Tam's death and all hell would break loose if Ferris turned up It would be the final straw for some of the mourners."

Ferris, a former enforcer for crime lord Arthur Thompson, now claims he has turned his back on the underworld.

But he never lost his hatred of McGraw, who took Thompson's place as Glasgow's top gangster.

He repeatedly accused his old rival of being a police "grass".

And when McGraw, 55, died of a heart attack in his bed at home, Ferris made no effort to hide his delight.

He told his mates: "At least it saved us abullet."

Our source added: "Ferris will probably take the advice and steer clear of the funeral but that won't stop him celebrating in his own way.

"He is wondering how Strathclyde cops are going to get on now without their top informant. He thinks it is quite amusing.

"He rarely goes to funerals anyway because he knows how much attention he attracts and how much trouble it could cause."

The feud between Ferris and McGraw dates back to the early 1990s, when Arthur Thompson still ran the Glasgow underworld.

The two men had both worked for Thompson and were associates at one point but their relationship turned sour after Ferris branded McGraw a police informer.

Ferris accused McGraw of being involved in the murders of his pals, Bobby Glover and Joe "Bananas" Hanlon, in 1991.

The two small-time hoods were shot in revenge for the killing of Thompson's son Arthur junior - a crime Ferris was later cleared of committing.

Their bodies were reportedly put on display at one of McGraw's pubs, the Caravel in Barlanark.

Ferris also blamed McGraw for getting him sent back to jail to finish a seven-year sentence for gun-running.

His parole was revoked after an alleged knife fight with McGraw, and he accused McGraw of inventing the incident to have him locked up.

McGraw and Ferris eventually made a deal to stay out of each other's affairs, but it was purely a business arrangement. Their personal dislike remained as strong as ever.

Shortly before his death, McGraw told an interviewer that he only stayed in Glasgow so Ferris would not have the satisfaction of seeing him leave.

He said: "If we left, Paul Ferris would suddenly emerge from where he's been hiding and shout that I'd run away because he's scared me off. There's no way I'll ever let him say that.

"Margaret and I have lived in the east end all our lives. We have a lovely home and every time I go away, I want to get back as soon as I arrive.

"Ferris would love me to leave but I'll never give him that satisfaction.

"The only way I'll ever leave Glasgow is in a box."

McGraw rubbished claims that he and Ferris were once allies, insisting: "We were never close. He might have thought he was close but he wasn't.

"I realised I couldn't trust him and didn't want him around."

McGraw also accused Ferris of telling "unforgivable lies" about his wife, the woman he called "my rock".

Margaret, known as The Jeweller because of her love of garish gold trinkets, is now at the helm of her husband's estimated £30million empire.

McGraw built his fortune dealing drugs, but branched out into legitimate businesses include property development and the taxi trade.

He said before his death: "I've put everything in Mag's hands. I trust her totally."

Margaret and son William, 25, will say their goodbyes to McGraw tomorrow at a Glasgow crematorium.

McGraw's lieutenant John "Joker" McCartney will be among the mourners. And heroin dealer and former McGraw associate Craig Devlin is due to fly in from Spain to pay his respects.

Loyalist terror chief Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair and his wife Gina are also expected to turn up.

Police surveillance officers will monitor the ceremony.

After the service, Margaret is expected to head for the McGraw holiday home in Tenerife.

TAM McGRAW was riddled with cancer and living on borrowed time.

We can reveal the chain-smoking gangster was in the advanced stages of colon cancer and it had spread to his lungs.

Hours before he passed away, McGraw had tests on his bowel at a private hospital.

He had suffered bouts of diarrhoea over six months and severe pains. A post mortem revealed he was riddled with the disease.

An insider said: "If he hadn't died of a heart attack, the cancer would have killed him.

"His arteries were clogged and the cancer had spread to his lungs, which probably contributed to his heart attack. The smoking didn't help either."

McGraw had a cancer scare three years ago after finding a lump in his groin. It was found to be benign.

Underworld sources are sure McGraw knew he was dying because of his behaviour.

He and his wife Margaret had lived apart in recent years. But she'd recently let him back into the family home in Glasgow.

Close pal Manny McDonnell suspected something was wrong after meeting McGraw in a pub two weeks ago.

McDonnell, 47, explained: "He gave me a hug and kissed me on the cheek. It wasn't like him so I asked, 'What's up, Tam?'

"He said, 'I trust you, Manny. I just have this odd sensation something's not right'.

"He'd sometimes fool around but this was different - he'd never acted that way before."

 

 

 


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"Ferris would love me to leave but I'll never give him that satisfaction.

"The only way I'll ever leave Glasgow is in a box."


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LICENSEE BUILT EMPIRE BY INFORMING ON CROOKS; Grass took money from police...

The businessman known as The Licensee helped build his wealth with cash he got for grassing on criminals.

In exchange for money or favours from police, Tam McGraw would tell detectives where and when a crime was about to be committed and who was behind it.

The 46-year-old, who walked free from court after being cleared of bankrolling a pounds 500,000 cannabis- smuggling scam on Friday, was an informer for 10 years.

A Strathclyde Police insider said: "Tam McGraw built up his empire by informing on others to the police.

"He was on the books as a registered informant during the 70s and 80s."

The insider told how McGraw was "handled" by at least two detectives, who would meet him on a regular basis.

The insider said: "In the beginning, there were only two detectives who were his handlers.

"But as time went on, McGraw spoke to just about everybody. A lot of officers got information out of him, and a lot of guys wanted to think that he was their tout.

"He was marking a lot of cards and police were able to make arrests because of him."

But, the insider claims, McGraw was playing one side off against another.

During the investigation into the gangland murder of Arthur Thompson junior, police began to believe McGraw was more of a hindrance.

Thompson was the son of the notorious Glasgow Godfather, Arthur senior. He was gunned down outside his father's house in 1992.

Our source said: "Quite often detectives acting on information provided by McGraw would go to a house only to find that someone from the Thompson faction had got there first."

The insider claims that McGraw was involved with police during the Strathclyde gun amnesty while Leslie Sharp was Chief Constable.

Hundreds of guns were apparently being handed in to police who hailed their amnesty as a success.

But the insider claims that McGraw was behind one major arms haul when a cache of guns was found in the cemetery close to the home of Thompson senior.

The insider said: "That find came about because of information provided by Tam McGraw."

There are no official rules about informers, but certain guidelines apply.

Once an officer has established a tout, the informer will be registered with a pseudonym back at the station.

Cash payments made to him for informing on a crime will be made discreetly at an arranged meeting.

The tout signs a piece of paper - kept for 10 years.

Higher up the criminal ladder, drug dealers and robbers will inform for a cut of the proceeds.

For instance, if a drug dealer can inform on a cohort who is about to bring in a deal for pounds 150,000, the tout can expect to be paid up to 10 per cent.

But they are rarely paid that amount and often get only a few hundred pounds.

Most major criminals will inform on each other for favours from the police - in the hope a blind eye will be turned to their activities.

But if they are arrested, a word in the ear of the judge can mean the difference between a lengthy stretch in jail or a short sentence.

And touts have a shelf life. A source said: "The problem is that there is nowhere for them to hide once police are finished with them."

McGraw has fled to Tenerife after a price was put on his head by underworld figures.


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It said in the Daily Record that McCartney put the licensee into the 'recovery position'. What I'd like to know is since when were binmen taught 'first aid'



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It said in the Daily Record that McCartney put the licensee into the 'recovery position'.


When the paramedics arrived on the scene they thanked McCartney the binman for his efforts but told him slinging McGraw into a bin-liner and hoisting him over his shoulder wasn't widely recognised in medical parlance as the recovery position. Bilko

 


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A Strathclyde Police insider said: "Tam McGraw built up his empire by informing on others to the police.

"He was on the books as a registered informant during the 70s and 80s."

The insider told how McGraw was "handled" by at least two detectives, who would meet him on a regular basis.

The insider said: "In the beginning, there were only two detectives who were his handlers.

"But as time went on, McGraw spoke to just about everybody. A lot of officers got information out of him, and a lot of guys wanted to think that he was their tout.

"He was marking a lot of cards and police were able to make arrests because of him."


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When the paramedics arrived on the scene they thanked McCartney the binman for his efforts but told him slinging McGraw into a bin-liner and hoisting him over his shoulder wasn't widely recognised in medical parlance as the recovery position. Bilko
 


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We all heard the news down here too. This article was in the Mirror/London, England.

July 31, 2007

TAM McGraw, the underworld kingpin who dodged justice for four decades, has died of a massive heart attack.

His wife Margaret called an ambulance after she found the gangster unconscious in his bed at about 2.30pm yesterday.

Paramedics tried to revive him at his home in Mount Vernon, in Glasgow's East End, but he was pronounced dead on arrival at the city's Royal Infirmary.

McGraw amassed a fortune of more than pounds 20million during a his life of crime.

But despite being linked with murders, beatings and robbery, the Teflon Don was never found guilty of a single violent crime.

He was dubbed "the Licensee" over claims Strathclyde Police gave him a "licence" to run his underworld empire in return for information on other gangsters.

McGraw was in fact born Thomas McGrow in Lennoxtown in 1953 and spent his childhood in and out of approved schools for housebreaking and shoplifting.

He appeared to lead a charmed life after he joined the Bar-L Team, the post office robbers who operating out of Barlanark in the 1970s.

The notorious gang evaded capture for years.

But even when McGraw was caught after a raid on a social club outside Glasgow, he seemed to be above the law.

He was seized after a police chase, but all charges were mysteriously dropped and he was released from custody.

The rumour was McGraw was an informant for the Serious Crime Squad - an accusation repeated years later by former ally Paul Ferris. McGraw was put on trial in 1978 for the attempted murder of a policeman, but he was cleared.

A jury also found the case against him not proven after Scotland's most expensive trial for drug-smuggling in 1998.

TC Campbell, who was wrongly jailed for murdering six members of the Doyle family during the Ice Cream Wars, claimed the order to torch their home was given by McGraw. He was never charged.

The only times he faced the law and lost out were in 2004, when he was declared bankrupt over an unpaid tax bill of pounds 12,700, and 2005, when he was banned from the road for a year for drink driving.

In recent years he became involved in legitimate ventures.

He has been linked to property development in Spain and security firms and taxis in Glasgow.

His death sparked fears of a bloody gang war as rivals scramble for a share of his East End patch.

One of his former enforcers said: "Others in the north of the city will want to muscle in.

"You can bet his interests are being divvied up before his coffin goes in the ground. There's a lot of turf up for grabs."

McGraw's power had been on the wane in recent years and he has faced increasing threats.

In 2002 he was stabbed in broad daylight near his home, but he suffered only minor injuries as he was wearing a bulletproof vest.

The incident was not reported to the police and McGraw declined to give officers a statement. But afterwards he refused to venture outside without his bodyguards.

In 2004, he rushed two pals to hospital after they were shot in a pub. McGraw dived under a pool table as a gunman opened fire on John "Joker" McCartney and Craig Devlin in the Royal Oak pub in Nitshill.

He bundled the men into the back of his car and drove them to hospital - after commandeering a police escort.

He recently split from his wife Margaret, nicknamed the Jeweller because of her love for gold, after he had fling with a young mistress.

But he moved back into their pounds 400,000 home after he vowed to stay faithful.

She pestered him to have a health check because years of stress and boozing had taken their toll.

He had been due for a checkup at a private hospital on the day he died.

A source said : "Tam was a chain smoker. He must've smoked about 60 fags a day. He'd finish one and light up another straight away."

McGraw saw dozens of allies and rivals killed during his long criminal career and his death from natural causes will have come as a surprise to many organised crime figures.

A source said last night: "His enemies won't know whether to celebrate or curse him for avoiding a more violent death."

A senior Strathclyde Police officer said: "I'm shocked to learn he has died of a heart attack. I've known him for many years and I didn't think he had a heart.

"Take it from me, many police officers will be raising a glass and toasting his death this evening."

But McGraw's allies could have the last laugh, an underworld source has warned. He said the kingpin gave an accomplice a list of all the police officers he had bribed. He added: "These cops will be terrified that they will be named and shamed now."

'No-one would have ever thought he would die of what appears to be natural causes'


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He recently split from his wife Margaret, nicknamed the Jeweller because of her love for gold, after he had fling with a young mistress.

But he moved back into their pounds 400,000 home after he vowed to stay faithful.
 
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‘FBI’ COPS ACCUSED OF PLANTING DRUGS AND

 PLOTTING MURDER

 

The copper who is to take a leading role in the new Scottish FBI has been accused of plotting to kill a gun running gangster. And giving crown immunity to one of the coun­try’s notorious crimelords.

 

Graeme Pearson who has been landed the post of ‘gatekeeper’ to the newly formed Serious Organised Crime Agency is allegedly protecting a supergrass whose evidence was used to catch one of the richest men in the world.

 

SOCA has been set up to crack down on organised drug gangs by the Prime Minster Tony Blair last week. Mr Pearson was said to be behind the capture of John Angus Gorman who was facing years in prison this week for masterminding a pounds 61 million drugs smuggling operation.

 

Gorman, 49, who was known as Piddy, plotted to smuggle 12 tons of heroin, cocaine and cannabis into Britain. But Mr Pearson has been accused of breaking the law in a bid to catch the Mr Bigs. Tam McGraw whose nick name is the Licencee - a licensed to commit crime has been accused of passing on vital information to his handlers on John Palmer.

 

Palmer was jailed in 2001 for defrauding 17,000 holiday-makers in a pounds 30 million scam. At the time, he was ranked 105th in the Sunday Times Rich List with pounds 300 million, alongside the Queen, Michael Heseltine and the Duke of Devonshire.

 

He was released from prison just last year after serving half of his eight-year sentence. His timeshare operations were based in Tenerife and he was known as ‘Goldfinger’ after being accused of handling gold from the Brinks-Mat bullion robbery at Heathrow in 1983, although he was cleared of any involve­ment. Palmer and McGraw were introduced when McGraw went to Tenerife.

 

Some believe that he deliberately went there to infiltrate Palmer’s gang. Palmer was a big catch for the police and it has been suggested that the Home Office has McGraw on a list of registered informers and worth more out of jail than in. Joe Steele and Thomas “TC’ Campbell served l8 years before their convictions for the murders linked to Glasgow’s so-called Ice Cream Wars were ruled unsafe. They were wrong­ly convicted of an arson attack which murdered six members of the Doyle family in 1984.

 

Mr Campbell said McGraw’s hand was behind the fire. McGraw, who was near the Doyle residence that night, was cleared of any wrong doing. While Mr Campbell was freed and awaiting the results of his appeal he was allegedly violently assaulted by Billy McPhee and McGraw who tried to kill him in broad day light and in front of witnesses.

 

No convictions were ever made against McGraw and his top slasher who was later murdered on a rainy night in the Eastend of Glasgow. It is thought McGraw’s handlers were behind his ‘prosecution’. Blackhill gangster Paul Ferris who was jailed for gun running claims that McGraw was involved in many violent crimes and drug dealing but escapes prosecution because of his ties with Mr Pearson.

 

He also claims the Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency which Mr Pearson runs was involved in a plot with McGovern family link Russell Stirton to plant heroin on Ferris and kill him. Stirton, claims Ferris, taped the conversations of the police plot and handed it over to Ferris.

 

“This just confirmed to me what I’d already been told by a rogue cop and a lawyer that Pearson was now McGraw’s handler. And he couldn’t pull his own snitch now could he?”, said Paul Ferris in his book Vendetta. Stirton was unavailable for comment.

 

The police  refused to co-operate with the researching of this article.

 


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He was released from prison just last year after serving half of his eight-year sentence. His timeshare operations were based in Tenerife and he was known as ‘Goldfinger’ after being accused of handling gold from the Brinks-Mat bullion robbery at Heathrow in 1983, although he was cleared of any involve­ment. Palmer and McGraw were introduced when McGraw went to Tenerife.

 

Some believe that he deliberately went there to infiltrate Palmer’s gang. Palmer was a big catch for the police and it has been suggested that the Home Office has McGraw on a list of registered informers and worth more out of jail than in. Joe Steele and Thomas “TC’ Campbell served l8 years before their convictions for the murders linked to Glasgow’s so-called Ice Cream Wars were ruled unsafe. They were wrong­ly convicted of an arson attack which murdered six members of the Doyle family in 1984.


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