ON THIS DAY IN GANGLAND – NOVEMBER 10TH 1963 Scottish gangster Paul ‘Wee Man’ Ferris was born. He celebrates his 58th birthday today.

Paul John Ferris is a Scottish author and former organised crime figure. Ferris was an enforcer for Glasgow ‘Godfather’ Arthur Thompson in the early 1980s. Known for his ruthlessness and extreme violence, he rose to a prominent position in the city’s criminal underworld.
He served a prison sentence for weapons possession in 1984 and believed he had been betrayed by the Thompsons. In 1991 Thompson’s son, Arthur Jr, was shot dead. Ferris was charged with his murder and subsequently found not guilty after what was the longest criminal trial in Scottish history at that time. He was imprisoned again from 1998 to 2002 for trading in firearms and possessing explosives. Ferris was also involved in a long-running feud with Tam McGraw.
Since his release he has written three more books about crime, and has been involved in the security industry.
A film based on his life, The Wee Man, starring Martin Compston as Ferris and John Hannah as Tam McGraw, was released in 2013. Another book, entitled ‘Unfinished Business’, which was written with Steve Wraith and Stu Wheatman was released in October 2018.

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