[[ kindle ]] Legacy: Gangsters, Corruption and the London OlympicsAuthor Michael Gillard – Entrecielos.co

Reveals Criminal Corruption On A Scale That The Kray Twins Would Never Have Dreamt Of John Pearson, Profession Of Violence, The Rise And Fall Of The Kray Twins Gillard S Detailed Investigation Makes For A Stunning And Shocking Read Barry Keeffe,The Long Good FridayLegacy Illustrates The Sordid Links Between Business, Politics And Organised Crime Ioan Grillo, El Narco And Gangster WarlordsWhen Billions Poured Into The Neglected East London Borough Hosting The Olympics, A Turf War Broke Out Between Crime Families For Control Of A Now Valuable Strip Of Land Using Violence, Guile And Corruption, One Gangster, The Long Fella, Emerged As A True Untouchable A Team Of Local Detectives Made It Their Business To Take Him On Until Scotland Yard Threw Them Under The Bus And The Business Of Putting On The Greatest Show On Earth Won The Day Award Winning Journalist Michael Gillard Took Up Where They Left Off To Expose The Tangled Web Of Chief Executives, Big Banks, Politicians And Dirty Money Where Innocent Lives Are Destroyed And The Guilty Flourish Gillard S Efforts Culminated In A Landmark Court Case, Which Finally Put A Spotlight On The Long Fella And His Friends And Exposed London S Real Olympic Legacy

8 thoughts on “Legacy: Gangsters, Corruption and the London Olympics

  1. nottingdale nottingdale says:

    Self promotion is almost part of a journalist s job description these days With the dead tree media reeling from unprecedented economic pressures, journalists are driven to relentlessly promote themselves as brands ceaselessly tweeting their opinions, for example, and putting themselves at the centre of their articles.Not Michael Gillard.After publicly exposing the crime boss David Hunt, Gillard was sued by him, and then issued with a formal Osman warning i.e the National Crime Agency informed Gillard of a threat to his life Because of this, and his long, venerable history of investigating serious organised crime and police corruption, Gillard would have been perfectly justified in giving himself a central part in his book.Yet in his descriptions of the epic libel battle between Hunt and The Sunday Times who Gillard was reporting for and throughout the rest of Legacy, Gillard himself is largely absent or referred to fleetingly in the third person only when unavoidable as the reporter.This restraint, one assumes, is because Gillard sees the real story being how one of the most violent and powerful criminals of his generation could operate for so long in the shadows without being held to account by the criminal justice system, and of the brave few detectives who risked their careers and physical health to do so.To get a sense of the rigour and determination characterising Gillard s work, one could turn to Mr Justice Simon, and his judgment in the libel case between Hunt and The Times newspapers During the course of many hours of cross examination about his Gillard s journalistic methods, both generally and in relation to the writing of the Article, he came across as extremely self confident, but also thoughtful about the role of investigative journalism, and clear and persuasive in his views about the proper treatment of the information he discovered His evidence was both lucid and entirely credible I was left with the distinct impression that, if he said that information had come from a source, it had and that he had conscientiously evaluated its weight I am also satisfied that he did not uncritically accept anything he was told by, or read, from a source rather the contrary The Sunday Times and Gillard won that action after withstanding the full scrutiny Hunt s expensive lawyers This book is the crowning achievement of Gillard s work on the case.It is, without doubt, one of the greatest British true crimes books of the last 50 years both for its revelations charting the wider story of East End crime over the past few decades and exposing rottenness at the core of Scotland Yard as well in how it is told.


    Historical analysis of bigtime criminal families and their victims in Canning Town and Newham, and their corrupt relationships with police and council officers An insight into bizarre organisation and corrupt decision making within the police and into the fatally flawed 40 million loan by Newham Council to purchase the London Stadium for West Ham.

  3. Gazzarian Gazzarian says:

    Thanks to the other reviewers who encouraged me to buy this It is indeed compelling reading, with the depth of the author s knowledge and research matched by the lucidity of his prose The story goes way back to the 1980s or so, and the specific issues around Newham Council the Olympic developments don t appear until quite late on This recounting of the long back story does make narrative sense, and for one I enjoyed it as a social history of my local area, but if your interest is purely in the issues mentioned on the cover you might find yourself skimming the opening chapters.

  4. John John says:

    As someone from not far away Hackney , who grew up in the era of the Krays, I found the parallels very compelling and for the first 80% of the book, unputdownable I would love to give it 5 stars, but u fortunately, the final 20%, mainly covering the post Olympics period was a bit dull and meandering Perhaps might have been made of the fact that the Blair government visited top universities and fast tracked left leaning liberals straight into inspector positions in the police, never ever having trod the pavements The same happened with the judiciary As a result, we have police force top heavy with politically correct people, totally opposed to catching harden criminals which was what Mac was trying to do These are the same senior officers responsible for believing the serial liar Nick , It is not too difficult to google who was The woman ADC in 2093, who tore off a strip for suggesting there was a serious crime wave in the East End Sadly, I don t believe it sits with the political stance of the author to denigrate these self serving left leaning police chiefs.

  5. zappazappazappa zappazappazappa says:

    Exposes crime and corruption that has been allowed to go unchecked and unpunished largely because of incompetent at best and corrupt at worst policing.It really does beggar belief what you can get away with in this country If you ve got the right connections.

  6. Malton Malton says:

    Excellent, comprehensive book Anyone who thought that the tv series Line of Duty is purely fictional should read this book which brings to the fore corruption within the police, anti corruption squads and the council with regard to some seriously heavy criminals It is hard to believe that this level of corruption still exists since I thought that died in the Kray era West Ham united owners do not come out of it as a shining light either Michael Gillard has taken a huge personal risk to publish this book and all credit is due to him to be brave enough to do so.

  7. Michael Pearce Michael Pearce says:

    Excellent well written and very informative

  8. rubyblue rubyblue says:

    This book has nothing to do with the 2012 Olympics It is a laborious and fairly boring lengthy summary of crime families and their various petty grudges against each other, going back to the 1960s The only connection it has with the Olympics is that the gangsters are generally from the Newham Borough It completely ignores the Olympic site property deals pre and post, barely touching on the West Ham stadium deal once 3 4 of the way through the book The Kindle edition also features many typos and grammatical errors.