By Noel 'Razor' Smith

ISBN-10: 0141910070

ISBN-13: 9780141910079

As a gun-wielding financial institution robber, Noel 'Razor' Smith was once best of the legal tree, having fun with the thrill and merits of a perilous and adrenalin-filled occupation. yet he'd additionally spent the larger a part of his grownup lifestyles in felony, an atmosphere the place recognize and simple survival have been assured simply to these ready to exploit the main brutal violence. In his new e-book, Smith takes the tale on from his hugely acclaimed memoir a number of variety phrases and a Loaded Gun, and describes how he got here to achieve that the sport wasn't definitely worth the candle. In his mid-forties he utilized to go into Grendon, then the one criminal in Britain providing extreme healing remedy to hardened criminals. He went from a brutal high-security legal, HMP Whitemoor, to an establishment the place he used to be inspired to enquire simply why his lifestyles have been given over to violence and crime. Smith paints an unforgettable portrait of the hardened and significantly broken inmates of Grendon, lots of them responsible of recognized crimes, and their makes an attempt to show around their lives. And particularly his personal laborious five-year trip to re-enter society as a immediately citizen.

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Here it was again: the subtle dichotomy between Gary the innocently naïve and Gary the guilty—you could take his answers both ways. Gary described more of the questions, and Greg and I could both see the detectives were trying to psychologically stampede him into confessing. Sometimes the questions suggested that there was a witness who’d seen Gary drive away with one of the victims. At other times, they suggested that continuing to deny things would only make matters go harder for him. It was clear that, having told Gary that they wouldn’t be able to use anything he said in court (untrue), they hoped Gary would relax enough to tell them what they desperately wanted to know: whether they were right.

Nothing,” Gary said. “I told them I didn’t do it. Then one of them called me a monster and told me all about lethal injection, how they put the needle in your arm. . ” So now I knew Gary had denied to the police that he was the killer. I decided not to press him on this. I rarely ask clients first thing up front if they are guilty. How can you expect to get an honest answer from someone who doesn’t know you from Adam? And in this case, on something he has kept secret for eighteen years, assuming that he might actually be guilty.

Gary had been at his job as a painter at Kenworth, a truck manufac-turing plant in Renton, just south of Seattle, when two detectives came to ask him some questions. I learned that it wasn’t the first time Gary had talked to the police about the Green River case. He’d been a suspect in the case as far back as the 1980s, and his house had been searched in 1987. But unlike others who’d attracted the attention of the police during the twenty-year nightmare, Gary Ridgway’s name had never been published or broadcast.

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