The Billy Boy: The Life and Death of LVF Leader Billy Wright

The Billy Boy: The Life and Death of LVF Leader Billy Wright

by Chris Anderson
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

A cult figure among loyalists, despised and feared by nationalists, Billy 'King Rat' Wright is reputed to have been involved in a number of sectarian murders before he himself was shot dead by republican gunmen inside the Maze
Prison in 1997.

Wright became involved with loyalist paramilitaries at the age of 16, and in the early 1990s he emerged as the UVF

…  See more details below

Overview

A cult figure among loyalists, despised and feared by nationalists, Billy 'King Rat' Wright is reputed to have been involved in a number of sectarian murders before he himself was shot dead by republican gunmen inside the Maze
Prison in 1997.

Wright became involved with loyalist paramilitaries at the age of 16, and in the early 1990s he emerged as the UVF commander in the Mid-Ulster area. The Billy Boy documents Wright's role in the Drumcree dispute of 1995-96 and his split from the UVF, recounting how he ignored both a death threat and an order to leave Northern Ireland, only to remain in Portadown and form the Loyalist Volunteer Force. It covers Wright's trial and subsequent imprisonment for a crime it has been claimed was set up by the State; recounts the circumstances of his killing inside a top-security prison; and investigates the allegations of State collusion in Wright's death.

Terrifically gripping and often disturbing, The Billy Boy is an exhaustive account of a notorious figure of the Troubles, whose life and death were surrounded by controversy and political debate.


Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780573366
Publisher:
Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date:
09/02/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
292 KB

Meet the Author

Chris Anderson is a freelance journalist and contributes to numerous newspapers, including the Irish Times, the Irish Independent, the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Life. He lives in Portadown.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >