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'Doris Day' hard man gunned down outside home [Irish Protestant militant]
Sydney Morning Herald ^ | October 5, 2005 | AP

Posted on 10/04/2005 6:41:32 PM PDT by aculeus

The body of former high-profile Protestant militant, Jim Gray, lies beneath a shroud on a street in East Belfast.

One of Northern Ireland's most high-profile Protestant militants - nicknamed Doris Day - has been shot dead outside his home, police say.

Two gunmen fired several shots at Jim Gray last night after he answered his door in Protestant east Belfast, his longtime power base.

Detectives covered his body with a white sheet as they combed the yard outside his home for forensic evidence.

No group claimed responsibility for his assassination.

Gray, 43, had been free on bail while awaiting trial on charges of money laundering, concealing stolen property and other offences connected to his past ownership of two Belfast pubs and other property.

Gray had been one of the six regional commanders of the Ulster Defence Association, Northern Ireland's largest outlawed group, until March 30, when colleagues ousted him. Police arrested him a week later in a car containing more than $72,332 in cash.

Gray was both a much-feared and much-lampooned figure. With his year-round tan, shock of bleach-blond hair and penchant for Hawaiian shirts, he was known widely - although rarely to his face - by the nickname "Doris Day". AdvertisementAdvertisement

But those who crossed him could suffer severe beatings or death. While a UDA commander he often confronted personal enemies with his bodyguards. An Associated Press reporter witnessed one such attack in June 2002, when Gray and an underling bludgeoned a man in full view of thousands of Belfast concert-goers.

Gray was grazed in the head with a bullet, but didn't suffer serious injuries, in September 2002 during a feud between the UDA and another illegal Protestant gang, the Loyalist Volunteer Force. Like so much bloodshed in the Protestant underworld, it was fuelled by rival drug-dealing rackets.

The UDA, which has an estimated 2,000 members in this British territory of 1.7 million people, was founded in 1971 as a loose umbrella for neighbourhood vigilante groups in working-class Protestant areas. It was responsible for killing about 400 people, mostly Catholic civilians, before calling a 1994 ceasefire.

That truce has been repeatedly violated, partly because of UDA involvement in so many illegal schemes that fuel deadly feuds internally and with other Protestant gangs.

The UDA, like other armed groups with official truces, was supposed to have disarmed fully by mid-2000 under terms of Northern Ireland's Good Friday peace accord of 1998. But the UDA refused, citing the continued existence of the much more sophisticated Irish Republican Army, the major illegal group in Catholic areas.

Despite its large membership, the UDA plays no meaningful role in on-again, off-again negotiations on Northern Ireland's future. Its political wing disbanded in 2001 after failing to build a coherent electoral base.


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KEYWORDS: belfast; uda

Jim Gray ... penchant for Hawaiian shirts.
Photo:Paul Faith

1 posted on 10/04/2005 6:41:38 PM PDT by aculeus
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To: Irish_Thatcherite

Just another gangster killed by gangsters ... or something else?


2 posted on 10/04/2005 6:42:48 PM PDT by aculeus
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To: aculeus
Jim Gray? The CBS or NBC Sports antagonist? Damn! Wrong Jim Gray!
3 posted on 10/04/2005 6:44:59 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Kill 'em til they're dead! Then, kill 'em again!)
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To: aculeus

An earlier thread on this story couldn't decide who killed Mr. Gray. The uninformed blamed Catholics, of course.

Same as those that are hunting "MadDog" Johnny Adair.

Power struggle amongst the former leaders and the new wave.


4 posted on 10/04/2005 6:47:07 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Carry Daily, Apply Sparingly.)
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To: aculeus
Que sera sera!

(sorry someone had to say it)
5 posted on 10/04/2005 7:16:05 PM PDT by adgirl
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To: aculeus

For a reputed, "hard man" he was also a really "dumb man" to answer his own front door to strangers in a country where the front step rub out has been a classic ambush technique.


7 posted on 10/04/2005 7:39:42 PM PDT by finnigan2
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To: aculeus

Oh well, another case of I don't give a Shi'ite!


8 posted on 10/04/2005 7:42:17 PM PDT by Happygal (liberalism - a narrow tribal outlook largely founded on class prejudice)
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To: aculeus
A dead O'Blood or a dead O'Crip......I couldn't care an O'Rip.

Leni

9 posted on 10/04/2005 7:50:32 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Re: The Anti-War Sheehan-ites - They want to live in the garden but not tend the garden)
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To: finnigan2
For a reputed, "hard man" he was also a really "dumb man" to answer his own front door to strangers

Do you have some basis for that statement, or is it a rash assumption.

My rash assumption would be that he would only open the door to known, trusted, friends and business associates.

10 posted on 10/04/2005 7:58:31 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: MinuteGal; Happygal; All

Update follows.


Six arrested over loyalist murder

Press Association
Wednesday October 5, 2005

Six people have been arrested in Northern Ireland in connection with the murder of former loyalist leader Jim Gray, police said today.

Detectives also confirmed that the 47-year-old's former associates within the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) were suspected of being behind his murder.

Gray, a former UDA commander in Belfast who was ousted by the group in April, was shot at point blank range outside his home at around 8pm last night and died at the scene.

Superintendent George Hamilton, the officer in charge of the inquiry, said today: "A significant and major line of inquiry is that Mr Gray was murdered by the UDA, an organisation with which he had an association in the past."

His lavish lifestyle from alleged drug dealing and propensity for violence had reportedly prompted concerns within the UDA before it ousted him.

Weeks after Gray was expelled from the UDA he was arrested as part of a major inquiry into an alleged money laundering scam.

There has been speculation that the UDA may have wanted to kill Gray to stop him from revealing information about it in return for a lighter sentence, if he had been convicted.

Gray, whose bleached blonde hair and fondness for pastel knitwear had earned him the nickname "Doris Day" in some tabloids, was gunned down outside his father's house in Knockwood Park in the east of the city.

He had been ordered to live at his father's address since being released from prison on bail. The killers are believed to have been waiting for Gray and attacked as soon as he got out of his car. He was shot several times in the upper body. The six people arrested were being held at Antrim police station.

Supt Hamilton confirmed that Gray had been warned about his safety on several occasions.

"Since Mr Gray's arrest and retention in Maghaberry Prison in April, there has been a number of threats made against him," he said.

"Police have complied with our obligation in terms of advising him about these and given advice about personal security. Those threats were given to him while in prison and since his release."

But the detective denied that Gray was under police surveillance. "Nor was he the subject of dedicated police protection," he insisted.

Supt Hamilton said officers had gone to his home on occasions to check he was keeping to his bail conditions.

Despite his notorious reputation, police stressed that every effort would be made to bring his killer or killers to justice. Supt Hamilton sad: "I want to be very clear about this, Mr Gray was murdered. This was the brutal killing of a man by another human being.

"The Police Service of Northern Ireland will fulfil its obligation in attempting to bring to justice those responsible for the murder of James Gray."



http://www.guardian.co.uk/Northern_Ireland/Story/0,2763,1585461,00.html


11 posted on 10/05/2005 7:25:14 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: aculeus
Mr. Gray obviously was born with a death wish for others as well as himself. I do hope they find his cold-blooded killers, however.

But I doubt I will do any serious keening over the lot of them.

Leni

12 posted on 10/05/2005 7:47:35 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Re: The Anti-War Sheehan-ites - They want to live in the garden but not tend the garden)
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To: aculeus; Happygal; Colosis; Black Line; Cucullain; SomeguyfromIreland; Youngblood; Fergal; Cian; ...
Just another gangster killed by gangsters ... or something else?

He may have been an informant.

Snappy dresser for a terrorist!

13 posted on 10/05/2005 1:18:26 PM PDT by Irish_Thatcherite (~~~A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!~~~)
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To: Irish_Thatcherite; MinuteGal; aculeus
Johnny Adair always struck me as being particularly creepy.

Then again, he did fit the physical profile of a terrorist better than any Gerry Adams or Martin McGuinness clone, two men who resemble sub-par insurance salesmen, to be perfectly honest.

He looks like the kind of guy that would bite the head off a poodle.

(Cringe.)

14 posted on 10/05/2005 1:23:08 PM PDT by Do not dub me shapka broham ("I'm okay with being unimpressive. It helps me sleep better.")
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham

Unnnnnngh.....


15 posted on 10/05/2005 1:58:26 PM PDT by Irish_Thatcherite (~~~A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!~~~)
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To: Irish_Thatcherite
Possible photoshop opportunity?

:7)

16 posted on 10/05/2005 2:00:04 PM PDT by Do not dub me shapka broham ("I'm okay with being unimpressive. It helps me sleep better.")
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham

"Say cheeeeese... AHHHHH, don't say cheese"


17 posted on 10/05/2005 2:02:47 PM PDT by Irish_Thatcherite (~~~A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!~~~)
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