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Here, extracts from acclaimed crime writer and investigative journalist Graham Johnson’s new book reveals what life was like inside the most successful criminal gang in British history. STEPHEN Cole was no ordinary doorman. He was a former Liverpool Football Club player, for the reserves.
He was the head of a very successful security company.
But by 1991 he’d also been dragged into the gang wars that were threatening to destabilise The Cartel.
Within minutes of ordering a drink in the Fazakerley district of Liverpool, a mob of 20plus assailants burst through the pub doors and chopped him to death with machetes and meat cleavers.
The attack was not only horrific – there was also a touch of the surreal.
The weird thing was that the killers chopped up their victim in front of his screaming wife.
Even stranger was the fact that some of the other punters in the pub simply looked on as if it were normal. Some were gassed with CS spray, so they were not in a position to do much.
But others who were unaffected looked on or moved out of the way.
After the savage spectacle, they carried on drinking as though nothing had happened.
Some took their drinks across the road to a neighbouring pub.
People were learning to ignore, to normalise crime in communities were once it would not have been tolerated.
No-one, it seemed, had witnessed a thing.
But Kaiser and Scarface let Cole’s murder go. They didn’t know who ordered the hit or carried it out.