Death Row Richey is a ratings winner – but here’s a fate worse than Ol’ Sparky

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!)

CroninRaff Doorstep


4 thoughts on “Death Row Richey is a ratings winner – but here’s a fate worse than Ol’ Sparky

  1. Christ Scotty, where did you dig up those pics? The “Reservoir Dogs” pic was at Haddington Sheriff Court for one of Cronin’s many appearances. When the pic appeared in Scotland on Sunday, former Radio Forth news supremo David Johnston uttered the superb comment: “John Cronin with a fat pervert”.
    The other doorstep was on a perv teacher at a posh school who had allegedly been involved with a pupil. Wee Bill Henry, brilliant snatch picture expert at the Evening News, was crouched behind me ready to blast him as soon as he opened the door. Had many great escapades with wee Bill who was fearless and always up for the cup.
    Richey has reached new celebrity with one of Edinburgh’s top criminal lawyers texting me the following joke: Kenny Richey is to be interviewed for the Hearts manager’s job. Vladimar Romanov reckons that as he got away with murder for 21 years is exactly the kind of man he is looking for at Tynecastle.
    For the record – I got off with a £1500 fine in the Mad Dog McCafferty case (Daily Record paid it) and I was admonished on a contempt of court charge over a Cronin splash in the Record, although I think editor Terry Quinn copped a £15k fine. Happy days.

  2. For what it’s worth the Cronin picture caption could read:

    “I’m funny how? I mean, funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh? I’m here to f*****’ amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how?

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