Murder Capital: Life and Death on Glasgow's Streets
The Licensee': The True Story of Tam McGraw
As a young man, McGraw moved to London with his young wife,
where he survived a horrific factory accident. With the compensation,
they returned to Glasgow and bought into the lucrative ice cream
business, but it wasn't long before they became caught up in
the city's ice cream wars, in which rival owners used guns and
violence to seize control of the trade in huge housing schemes.
Events culminated in six members of the same family being burned
alive in 1984 and McGraw was one of a number of suspects arrested.
After being cleared of this crime, McGraw continued to sell
ice cream by day, while by night he formed and led the infamous
Barlanark Team, a gang of robbers who caused havoc in central
Scotland for some 15 years. Their exploits were both daring
and comical, but when police discovered that hash was being
hidden in buses taking young footballers and deprived Glasgow
families on free holidays abroad, McGraw was put under surveillance
for two years. The trail led from Morocco, through Gibraltar,
Spain and EuroDisney to a Glasgow garage next to a police depot.
The racket netted 40 million and it was claimed that McGraw
was the financier, mastermind and director. But, in 1998, a
jury declared him innocent while other suspects were jailed.
As McGraw refuses to discuss his life publicly, his remarkable
story is told in "Crimelord" through friends and fellow
Law Killers: True Crime from Dundee
True crime from Dundee, covering the most fascinating and chilling
cases from the last century Every town has its monsters. But
only when their rage explodes and unspeakable crimes are committed
do we realise we hold them in our midst. Some are unpredictable
psychopaths, others achieve notoriety after a moment of madness
when a single out-of-character act changes their lives forever.
One thing is for certain, homicide comes in many guises, the
only thing most have in common is a corpse.
Our Year of Tears
This is a testament from 12 different people touched by the
mass-murder at Dunblane in 1996. They relive their ordeals,
experiences and emotions on that day, and in the 12 months since.
Among the contributors are: Kareen Turner who relives the day's
events that robbed her of her daughter Megan; Dr Mick North,
coming to terms with the loss of his wife and then losing his
little girl, Sophie; Pamela Ross, moved into the spotlight in
the quest for changes in gun laws; Aileen Harrild, the gym teacher
taking the Primary One Class who was injured; Colin McIntosh,
minister of Dunblane Cathedral; GMTV and Talk Radio presenter
Lorraine Kelly; Chris de Burgh; and Rod Mayor, the husband of
teacher, Gwenne, who died with 16 of her class. Written with
the backing and co-operation of parents and families of the
victims and survivors, the proceeds of this book are to be donated
to the Save The Children Fund. Scottish Crime.
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