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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-11 08:34 PM
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Irish gangsters put bounty on head of Dublin crime reporter
Source: The Guardian

An Irish crime gang has put a bounty of 20,000 (17,200) on the head of a Dublin journalist, police sources say, provoking fears of another assassination similar to that of Veronica Guerin.

Irish police said on Thursday they had uncovered a plan "at an advanced stage" to have three people murdered in the city, including crime reporter Mick McCaffrey, a former reporter with the Evening Herald who now works for the Sunday World.

Six people have been arrested in connection with the murder plot. Among the others targeted is a member of the Garda Sochna and a witness willing to give evidence against the gang over an assault at a Dublin hospital two years ago.

McCaffrey has taken a number of security precautions while Gardai monitor his home and a safe house where he currently lives.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/01/irish-gangs...
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snagglepuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-11 09:05 PM
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1. Pure scum like this is why I loathe movies and TV shows that glamorize
organized crime. There should be a Nobel Prize awarded to journalists like Mick McCaffrey.
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Psephos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-11 10:03 PM
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2. I fully agree. n/t
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-11 10:18 PM
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3. Here's a 60 Minutes report from 1997 about the Guerin case
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsgcKRX8mk4

And movies/TV shows really glamorize crime/bad behavior at all rather than dramatize?
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 02:55 AM
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5. Same here.
I can't believe I let myself watch all of Sopranos and was robbed of the satisfaction of seeing that scum get what they deserved. Every episode I seethed at the utter evil.
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jman0 Donating Member (129 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 02:16 AM
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4. trash "journalism" just might have consequences
Seriously, "The Evening Herald", "Sunday World".
These are trash tabloids not Journalism.

From the Guardian article:

"Detectives believe McCaffrey has been targeted because he wrote a number of articles recently about the sexual activities of the crime gang's boss, who is currently in jail. They said the gangster became "apoplectic with rage" over the reports and ordered a hit against McCaffrey. It is understood fellow inmates read the stories and started taunting him."

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