'King Rat' Wright knew he could not run forever
Published 15/09/2010 | 05:00
BILLY Wright, known to all as 'King Rat', was one of the North's most feared and notorious loyalist assassins, who survived for years, despite determined efforts to "take him out".
The police wanted to lock him up, regularly arresting him for interrogation, while rival loyalists threatened him and ordered him into exile. The IRA and INLA, meanwhile, wanted to kill him and launched up to half-a-dozen attempts to do so.
In the end, it was predictable that he would meet a violent death, although it came as a surprise that he died inside what was supposed to be Europe's most secure prison.