By Reg McKay
Murder Capital of Europe: that is Glasgow. A urban extra deadly than London, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Dublin or strife-torn Belfast. yet what is the fact at the back of the headlines, the genuine tale at the streets of Glasgow? And who has earned town its surprising and brutal attractiveness? homicide Capital leads you to the city's darkest corners and to the main evil electorate of the previous two decades, introducing you to humans you certainly don't desire to satisfy on a depressing evening. There are assassins, poisoners, physique burners, faked suicides, intercourse slayers, femmes fatales, grannies with blades, revenge murders, crimes of ardour, killer young children, betrayals, sadistic womanisers, deadly lesbians, tough exchange, drugged-up demons and extra. usual electorate all – till they became to homicide and stunned the realm. Then there is bug, The Birdman, Dopey, The Equaliser, Little common and The Iceman, all as much as their necks within the organised mobs till stuck for his or her murderous methods – or till they meet...
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That alone interested Frank McPhie very much for one reason – drugs. Freed from jail in 1996, McPhie spent an increasing amount of time with McKay and McGrory. McGrory had used some of his money from the sale of his milk delivery business to start trading in drugs, mainly cocaine and heroin. Though not an established player, he had cracked a commercial problem that McPhie had been thinking about for some time. In the mid 1990s, most of the drugs reaching Glasgow came up from Liverpool. But the Scousers were often buying their supplies from teams in Ireland, helped by the deadly skill and contacts of ex-paramilitaries of the IRA and UDA.
Comedians are us. But what the hell do we have to laugh at? Listen to the white coats and the grey suits for a while and you could get depressed. Glasgow to them is all about heart disease, lung cancer, heroin addiction, crime, abused kids, alcoholism, unemployment, early deaths and what not – all of it the highest anywhere. Oh, aye, and murder. It’s true. We can’t just wish it away. It’s the everlasting contradiction of this big, beautiful city. The place where I feel safest, where outsiders feel relaxed, where a stranger will give you a helping hand without you needing to ask for it also witnesses more murders than any other western European city.
McKay and, once again, Frank McPhie walked away from the murder trial with a not proven verdict. Outside the High Court, a large group of well-wishers were waiting for the men. Twice accused of murder and walking free both times, Frank McPhie let it all go to his head. The Iceman returned to his normal routine, even demanding protection money from the farmers again. Also, he’d learned a lot from his time with McGrory and McKay and he started his own supply route of drugs from Ireland. If he had just worked steadily at that, then all might have been well and Frank McPhie would have been a very rich man.