The Devil Shook My Hand: I've Been Shot, Stabbed and Accused of Murder. People Call Me Britain's Deadliest Bare-knuckle Fighter. This is My Story.
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His killers shot him once and chased him down the street, before clubbing him with a gun and finishing him off with another shot through the head. Christina now lives alone in their flat, the entrance to which Tommy never managed to finish carpeting. She speaks delicately of the man who was broken by his son's death and who hated his past. 'Tommy was trying to avoid old places and people he knew,' she recalls. 'It all hurt him. We bumped into an old friend one afternoon. He simply said: "Hello, how are you, Tommy?" As we walked away, I could see he was drenched in sweat.'
This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Shaw, who claimed he "simply hates the system", and that the "system could never beat him", was moved between different prisons and spent time at Broadmoor Hospital. According to Shaw's autobiography, Pretty Boy (1999), "uncontrollable prisoners, were deliberately drugged up with the aim of turning them into permanent 'cabbages'". At Broadmoor, Shaw underwent experimental electroconvulsive therapy in an attempt to control his temper. His doctor claimed that Shaw had at first come across as a large and intimidating yet soft-spoken gentleman, but when faced with treatment he didn't want, Shaw became "the most powerful and dangerous man I have ever tried to treat". The doctor reported the treatments as having been a complete failure, and only served to make Shaw even more aggressive and unpredictable.John McVicar, the bank robber turned journalist, recognises the hallmarks of a contract killing. 'If it wasn't connected with the score that had to be settled after Gerard, then it must be connected with drugs. It's unusual for two people to be killed like that for a purely personal vendetta.'
a b c Clements, Toby (1 August 2005). "Aged 14, and already a harder man than most". The Daily Telegraph . Retrieved 4 June 2021. He said the Italian-born gangster was assassinated in revenge for the murder of Knight's brother, David, who died after a fight at the Latin Quarter nightclub in London's West End in 1970. a b Pierce, Andrew (28 August 2008). "Princess Margaret linked to gangster lover in Channel 4 documentary". The Daily Telegraph.
The book confirms: "Out of the two, Roy preferred Reg to Ron because he was more coherent and stable and you could talk to Reg far easier. Shaw routinely stabbed police informers and even slashed the throat of a former best friend while incarcerated owing to his strong belief in a "code of honour" among criminals that must not be broken.