Monday 16 January 2017

'King Rat' Wright knew he could not run forever

David McKittrick

Published 15/09/2010 | 05:00

Billy Wright in August 1996, when he was defying a UVF order to leave the North
Billy Wright in August 1996, when he was defying a UVF order to leave the North

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".

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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.

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