PJ Browne: Fat Freddie didn't say much but he did predict the Finglas bloodbath
Eighteen months ago I interviewed the gangster 'Fat' Freddie Thompson.
He sat across the table and said: "Mr Browne if you think the southside's bad there's a bloodbath coming from Finglas."
That's all he said. But now, what he predicted, has come to pass. A Finglas gang leader has been linked to the three murders of last weekend.
It's not the only common thread running between the double murder at Pearse House and the killing of John Paul Joyce last weekend. The other relates to how the dead men were betrayed by friends.
As the dust settles, it appears that Joyce, Brendan Molyneaux and Paddy Mooney may have been set up by people they knew.
Look at what happened to Joyce, found murdered without his bullet-proof vest, having clearly met someone he trusted.
Likewise, the persistent reports of a set-up at Pearse House where an innocent man, Paddy Mooney, was murdered. Who told the killers that Mooney and his pal, the target Brendan Molyneaux, were at Mooney's house?
Does anyone think that those three people were not sold out by friends?
Friends fall out to get promotion -- on both sides of the law? In the Garda Siochana you can be best friends today but tomorrow, when promotions are published, those who got promoted are the lesser of tribes because those who didn't resent their elevation. I saw it many times.
Gangland is no different. For criminals, Judas is always just around the corner. The crimeboss wants his minions to be subservient to him. Thou shall not trespass upon my turf -- that's the rule. There is always a ladder to climb. In gangland you have to take the fat cat above you out. You hear grumblings, information leaks and the fellow above is taken out.
If Jesus Christ can be shopped, what is left for anyone who thinks he is the 'Don' -- the man who emerges as Dublin's biggest gang boss? He may think he is immune and that his lieutenants are loyal. I wonder.
On the other side of the law remember Michael Collins; who took him to Beal Na Blath and why? Could he have gone a different direction that day?
In 1983Dominic McGlinchy ordered a stolen video recorder to be delivered to his Dundalk home from his best pal Gerard 'Sparky' Barkley? Domo paid 'Sparky" in lead.
Think of the Ballymount massacre, followed by the murder of Pat Neville in St Michaels Estate, Inchicore, who was shopped by an associate to a terrorist organisation.
There is no honour among thieves -- it's eliminate and get promoted. If you don't do it to your best friend will.
A consultant psychiatrist told that me paranoia is a state of mind about who is looking at your back so you must always look over your shoulder, but your awareness of who is looking at your front is reduced.
Welcome to the world of criminals like the Don and his ilk. No rest, no security, someone on your trail all the time. Is it worth it? I don't think so.
Over a long career in An Garda Siochana I saw many, many betrayals.
The year 2004 comes to mind and the murder of Paul Warren, in Grays Pub, Newmarket Square, off Cork Street. He was betrayed by someone who knew he was in the bar that night.
Commissioner Fachtna Murphy and his fellow officers, with the authorisation of Dermot Ahern, must saturate this town with high visibility armed officers at checkpoints.
As a former detective superintendent I can assure readers that there are less than 100 criminals in our capital behind this gangland mayhem.
The good people of Ireland, law-abiding and taxpaying, own this land and not the criminal community. Let us people reclaim our streets.