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Gerry "Pit bull" Gallacher

01 Jan

READ  AN  EXTRACT  FROM  RETIRED  GLASGOW  DETECTIVE  GERRY  GALLACHER'S  NEW  BOOK GANGSTERS,  KILLERS  AND  ME...

 

 

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The following extract is from retired detective Gerard Gallacher's new book Gangsters, Killers and Me. Mr Gallacher played a vital role in Scotland's biggest ever police inquiry into the deaths of Arthur Thompson Jr, Bobby Glover and Joe 'Bananas' Hanlon.

 

"l CROSSED the police crime scene tape across the entrance to Darleith Street and walked to the metallic-blue Ford Orion parked about 50 yards on.

I knew it as Joe Hanlon's car but I didn't look in immediately.

I knew there would be nothing I could do for whoever occupied it now.

I was certain that, irrespective of who was in that car, this location was the body dump and a secondary crime scene, not the murder, or primary, scene.

After I'd made sure that my size 11s weren't going to trample any physical evidence, I noticed that an exterior door handle was missing. I looked inside the car without opening the doors or touching anything.

There were two bodies - one I could see immediately was Joe Hanlon and the other, I was 95 per cent certain, was Bobby Glover.

I couldn't be absolutely certain at that stage that it was Glover because of the position in which the bodies lay.

They hadn't exactly been carefully positioned but more to ensure that they wouldn't have aroused the suspicion of anyhanlon-glover-car police cars the driver may have encountered en route to where they now lay.

joe-hanlon-murder-image-1-951928673They had been dumped almost outside their gang hut, the Cottage Bar, and near where Arthur Thompson junior's cortege would pass by later that morning.

You didn't need to be a cryptographer to decipher that message. It was loud and clear.

It makes me laugh when I hear Paul Ferris with his constant bleating about police conspiracies, "fit-ups" and corruption because, if the police hadn't sought his remand in custody, he may not have himself remained in the land of the living.

I wonder if he ever reflects on that in his quieter moments.

I have no doubt whatsoever that, had he been loose on the streets, he would have been lifeless along with the others in Hanlon's Ford Orion on September 18, 1991.

glover-hanlon-car-imageIrrespective of how devious, suspicious or streetwise Ferris is or perceives himself to be, I believe he would have fallen for the same deception that led to their  deaths.

Arthur Thompson Jnr had not inherited his father's DNA for cunning, toughness and ruthlessness but, more importantly and unluckily for him, he had also missed out on his father's luck and nine lives.

On August 18 a stolen car had pulled up alongside him. Two of the occupants were Joe Hanlon and Bobby Glover.

Thompson was shot several times and died of his wounds.

Forget the utter nonsense about cool "apprentices" and hitmen from London as back-up or any other  attempts to glamorise the murder.

It was as sordid and cowardly as most murders are.

After several attempts to take out the father, they found the fat, gun-loving, drug-dealing son a much easier target.

His father's revenge could have come straight from a Mario Puzo Mafia plotline.

Technically, the murders of Hanlon and Glover remain open or, using the euphemism adopted by Strathclyde Police, glover-hanlon-car-image"unresolved". I suppose it sounds better than "unsolved".

gerry-gallacherConsequently, I'll be careful in what I say, as I wouldn't wish to jeopardise any potential new lines of inquiry that may emerge, although I doubt any significant police work has gone into the inquiry since 1992.

William Manson was a very good friend of Arthur Thompson Snr and was grateful that throughout his time in prison Thompson maintained contact.

William Lobban was the nephew of Manson and looked up to (and may have been frightened of) his uncle's reputation.

Lobban was very close to and trusted by Hanlon and Glover. Lobban phoned Glover at his house the night before Arthur Thompson Jnr's funeral and asked to meet him.

hanlon-glover-car-imageLobban, Hanlon and Glover got into Hanlon's Ford Orion car.

It has been suggested that, at some point, Hanlon and Glover thought they were en route to access an automatic weapon.

Hanlon and Glover were never seen alive after they left with Lobban. They were found dead in Hanlon's car the following day by Alan Cross, who was the manager of the Cottage Bar, Hanlon and Glover's "gang hut".

Somewhere near what is now the location of a large supermarket and motorway, they were clinically executed – but not by Frank McPhie and Paul Hamilton.

Both have previously been named in more sensational books as having carried out the executions.

In such books, everyone named has one thing in common - they're all dead.

Neither were Hanlon and Glover executed in the manner that has been portrayed, nor did they try to make a getaway. I don't believe they had time to react at all.

The bodies were not disabled to allow Thompson a chance to deliver a dying valediction or tell Hanlon that he had murdered his father (which he hadn't).

And the corpses were not laid out in the Caravel for some kind of sick funereal viewing.

I believe the bodies were stored at business premises not far away from the Cottage Bar.

A son of a London gangster, who was in Glasgow for Thompson Jnr's funeral, then drove the Ford Orion to Darleith Street and parked it 50 yards from the Cottage Bar.

Apparently, it has been indicated that Thomas McGraw went to Eileen Glover's house and told her that her husband was dead before the police knew.

download 29Much has been made of how  sinister  that was. I don't find it sinister in the slightest.

I'm the last person to pitch up as an apologist for that reptile McGraw.

But logic tells you that, given the manager of the Cottage Bar found the car and saw the bodies within, then the police would not necessarily have been the first, or the only people, to be made aware of the find.

Ultimately, Hanlon and Glover were the architects of their own demise. One was a small-time drug dealer, who never appeared to possess the sharpest intellect, and the other was a small-time resetter, or fence, and Jack the Lad type.

It was their misfortune to fall under the influence of the likes of McGraw.

Neither of them had any real grudge against Thompson Snr or Jnr but found themselves, among other crimes, involved in several shootings and a murder.

The shootings and murder involved planning, stealing cars and carrying firearms. They wanted to be gangsters and perhaps had believed those who thought old man Thompson was past it or over the hill.

Maybe in some ways he was but, if you have a Philippine Cobra trapped under a forked stick, it is still a Philippine Cobra. They would have done well to remember that".

 

Gerry Gallacher's book is definitely worth a read. amazon

 

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