Once Upon a Crime - I Grew Up in Britain's Hardest City, by Jimmy Cryans

By Jimmy Cryans

This is often the genuine tale of Jimmy Cryans. a narrative of becoming up in Glasgow's east finish through the fifties and sixties and the way he grew to become excited about a lifetime of crime. Jimmy speaks in regards to the a variety of characters he met and his dealings with a few of Britain's significant criminals. He unearths how petty robbery and shoplifting speedy snowballed into armed theft with raids on banks, jewelers and protection automobiles. yet Jimmy's tale additionally explains his lifelong quest to discover himself and the way it will definitely resulted in conquer adversity. every now and then humorous and uplifting and at others unhappy, notably it is a actual existence tale that might encourage.

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When I first heard it in connection with myself I kind of liked it, as I knew it really infuriated those in charge and anyway, I really didn’t give a fuck what these sick bastards thought of me. The regime in this place was based mostly on PT – physical training. Mornings and afternoons were spent in the gym and consisted of non-stop exercises while being screamed at by a couple of deranged ‘instructors’. The 14 days passed quickly enough and I was soon back home with Ma and my two wee brothers, who were all glad to see me again.

Though I haven’t seen him for over five years, my love and respect for him has never diminished and I miss him. John is no longer ‘at it’ and lives quietly with his wonderful partner Ann in a lovely little waterside apartment in Newbury. My priorities now were to spend as much quality time with Christine, my ma and the family and to prepare for the ordeal that lay ahead. I was quite confident that I would be able to handle whatever was thrown at me but I also knew that it was going to be very hard for me to be separated from Christine.

This is something that I remain very proud of to this day. I left school on that very day and my formal education was over. It was now time for me to join the big, bad world. I was curious to see what it had to offer me in an official capacity. I was soon to learn the answer: not much. Before I had left school an interview had been arranged with the careers officer that consisted of him giving me the addresses of two local factories and being told to apply for a job there. I chose the nearest one to home.

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