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By Robert Jeffrey

In the twenty-first century, Glasgow remains to be a urban dwelling down a fearsome recognition for crime. And for a few electorate of the valuable eco-friendly position, brawling is within the blood and gang struggle is a lifestyle. The stinking deprivation of the Gorbals and the East finish, deprivation that helped spawn pre-war gangs just like the Billy Boys, the Norman Conks and the Redskins, is essentially long gone, yet in every one period new gangs have risen to take their position. Battles over turf and keep an eye on of the medication exchange nonetheless frequently make the headlines. Now newly up to date, Gangs of Glasgow takes an in-depth examine the gripping evolution of the city's gangs from the times of the Penny Mob, throughout the extortion, slashings and road combating of the Thirties to the smart-suited males of violence of the trendy day.

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But his activities certainly attracted much public attention, with more than 80,000 people turning out to see the last public hanging in Glasgow. The last man put to death with an audience was the infamous poisoner Dr Edward Pritchard in 1865. The legendary Glasgow journalist Jack House deals with the case at great length in his famous book Square Mile of Murder, still in print, and describes the doctor’s final minutes as reported in the newspapers of the time: “When he appeared on the scaffold great commotion prevailed among the crowd.

One knifed the other who went on to get a few thousand pounds in compensation. The episode with the blade notwithstanding, the two made up and when the “compo” arrived, the victim was so pally with his one-time assailant that he donated half the cash to him! In true Mafia style much of this sort of friendship is about “respect”. Interestingly about the time all this was happening in Glasgow, in 2002 the legendary Joe Bonanno died in Arizona at the age of ninety-seven, which is remarkable considering the life he led.

In the history of the Glasgow police it is recorded that at one stage constables wore a sort of leather collar as protection against a razor slasher attacking from the back. The advent of the original safety razor with its single removable blade didn’t ameliorate the problem. Such a blade was easily hidden in a cap rim, or a handbag, or even set into a stick or pole to manufacture a wicked and fearsome weapon. So prolific is the legend of the Glasgow razor slasher it is remarkable that there is so little photographic evidence of it in use.

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