All that handwringing and worrying. Now it turns out my fixaton with the Kenny Richey story wasn’t even remotely unusual and absolutely nothing to be ashamed of at all.
Indeed, it turns out a large chunk of the Scottish population has been equally insatiable in its devouring of this story about the Scot who was freed after 21 years on Ohio’s Death Row.
Big Alan Crow – high heid yin at the Scottish Mail on Sunday - has revealed the paper enjoyed an almighty sales surge at the weekend thanks to its exclusive with the repreived man, after buying him up. How big a sales spike? A hefty 32% increase no less, as “Middle Scotland” went mad for the inside story on Richey’s amazing change in fortunes.
I’ve been trading notes with my old partner in crime Stephen Rafferty, who is even more convinced than I am (never one to mince his words, Raff) that Richey was guilty as charged.
Despite his new incarnation as a smooth PR man, everybody knows Raff is still a crime reporter at heart – and he was never happier than when he was dogging the footsteps of killers, creeps and crooks. Indeed, in one of the biggest court travesties I can recall, Raff nearly ended up in pokey for doorstepping a serial killer called Archie “Mad Dog” McCafferty. Doncha just love the Scottish justice system.
Numerous other ne’er-do-wells have been on the receiving end of a Raff monstering, including serial violent pervert and Walter Mitty fantasist, John Cronin. All of which set me thinking that there still might be a fate worse than Ol’ Sparky for Kenny Richey.
And here are the pictures to prove it – and to send a chill through Mr Richey (Raff, I’ll leave it to you to provide any captions or other commentary material!)