Hero And Vil­lain

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Kenny Macaskill’s ar­ti­cle on Peter­head Prison men­tioned Johnny Ra­men­sky, the crim­i­nal and war hero. Ra­men­sky devel­oped great skills as a very ac­ro­batic cat bur­glar and ex­pert safe blower. The law even­tu­ally caught up with him and he was sent to prison, but be­cause of his tal­ents he was re­cruited into the Com­man­dos where his ex­ploits be­hind en­emy lines open­ing Ger­man safes earned him a mil­i­tary medal. He was of­fi­cially par­doned but re­turned to crime, even­tu­ally dy­ing in Perth Prison at 67. He earned the re­spect of both po­lice and pub­lic, for his per­sonal pol­icy of only rob­bing busi­ness premises and never re­sort­ing to vi­o­lence.

Sandy Mcpher­son, Ed­in­burgh

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