(PRWEB) January 13, 2012
Reputed gangster Jimmy 'The Weed' Donnelly is offering signed copies of his memoir "Inside the Quality Street Gang". Jimmy Donnelly is considered to be an underground legend. He even inspired a popular song in 1976 by group Thin Lizzy, entitled "Johnny the Fox Meets Jimmy the Weed". Donnelly says that he was inspired to write the memoir, despite having battled dyslexia for his entire life, to set the record straight about his many exploits, and to prove that not all notorious gangsters in England are from London.
Donnelly's criminal career spanned five decades, and he has been arrested on a number of different occasions for various reasons, including drug dealing, assault, fraud and murder. Donnelly has been through more than one criminal trial and came away from all charges unscathed. Donnelly is most notorious for his involvement in the infamous Quality Street Gang, a group of less-than-law-abiding business associates who have been targeted by the Manchester Police for decades.
In the book, Donnelly describes his humble beginnings as a child in Wythenshawe, to his meteoric rise to criminal mastermind, and his eventual success as a legitimate business owner, owning pubs, strip clus, and car dealerships. He also goes into detail about his friendships with many of England's infamous criminals, show biz stars, and sports figured, including Jim Swords. Donnelly claims that his nickname came from his boyhood where people said that he would 'grow on them' and it as stuck ever since.
In 1986, Donnelly and the Quality Street Gang became international news when John Stalker, who was then deputy constable of Greater Manchester Police, was removed from the well-known 'Shoot To Kill' inquiry due to claims that he attended the same social event in which a gang member had attended. He was later cleared of all charges. Donnelly confirms in his memoir that he was questioned twice by officials who were investigating the so-called 'Stalker Affair'. He claims that he knew nothing of the events that transpired.
Donnelly also goes into the supposed problems the Quality Street Gang had with fellow gangsters the 'Kray Brothers'. The story goes that the brothers were chased out of Piccadilly Station by the QSG, but Donnelly claims that this is just a story, and it didn't happen. In 1963 the Krays traveled to Manchester in order to promote American heavyweight boxer Joe Louis.
If you are interested in ordering a signed copy of Jimmy "The Weed" Donnelly's book, copies can be found on his website, http://www.jimmydonnelly.co.uk.