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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Fake Firebomb Found at Fat Freddy Thompson’s Mother’s Home

Posted in criminals, crooks, Dublin, Gangs, gangsters, Ireland, mobs, Mobsters, murder, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs



Even when Fat Freddy Thompson stays out of trouble, he can’t stay out of the news.

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One week after Fat Freddy’s house in Dublin was firebombed, his security system detected a suspicious device on his property. It was later determined that the item was a hoax and not an explosive device.

Still, Fat Freddy has expressed deep concern to the gardai (police) in Dublin because his mother and sister also occupy that house. The gardai spokesmen issued the statement, “He is extremely worried for the safety of his mother and sister. But the truth is that he should have thought about these issues long before he started being so heavily involved in crime.”

Well yeah, but that’s totally irrelevant in light of recent developments. Fat Freddy is what he is. So gardai, please get over it.

It is also reported that the gardai are concerned about a violent feud between Fat Freddy and a 24-year-old Dublin criminal now hiding in Co Laois. Why the gardai are not releasing this criminal’s name to the press totally befuddles me. Fat Freddy’s name is in the news every time he scratches his nose, but the guy who allegedly is out to kill Fat Freddy get anonymity. Doesn’t seem fair to me.

The truth is, Fat Freddy maybe be a thug, a drug dealer, and maybe even a murderer. But as long as Fat Freddy is out of jail, or even if he is in jail, his family and his home should be afforded the same protection as any other Irish citizen should expect to receive. The Dublin police can’t be picking and choosing who they should protect, and who they shouldn’t protect.

I know this previous statement must make the gardai’s butts burn, but that’s the way it is in a civilized society.

The article below can be seen at:

http://www.herald.ie/news/hoax-bomb-found-at-fat-freddies-house-2866753.html

Hoax bomb found at ‘Fat’ Freddie’s house

By Ken Foy, Crime correspondent

Monday September 05 2011

‘FAT’ Freddie Thompson’s home was sealed off at the weekend after a suspicious device was found at the property.

Gangland tensions were mounting in the capital after a major security alert at the house, occupied by Thompson’s mother, in the south inner city.

The property, in Loreto Road, Dublin 8, was sealed off for two hours yesterday evening after a suspicious device was discovered. It was later declared a hoax.

In the aftermath of the incident, armed gardai continued to patrol the streets around Thompson’s home.

Just 24 hours earlier the mobster was spotted in a bar in the Francis Street area. The 30-year-old gangster spent most of the day and night on Saturday drinking in the pub.

He returned to Dublin from Birmingham last week after his family home was firebombed.

The attack, which was caught on a CCTV system installed at the house, could have caused serious injury or death to the occupants of the house.

Instead the petrol bomb caused scorch damage to a door on the property.

The incident led to a furious Thompson returning home and it is understood that he has vowed to defend the property.

Days after the attack the Herald photographed Thompson defiantly standing at the door of the house.

Soon after his arrival in Dublin, Thompson made contact with a number of senior gardai and asked for more protection at his family home.

“He is extremely worried for the safety of his mother and sister. But the truth is that he should have thought about these issues long before he started being so heavily involved in crime,” said a source.

It is understood that Thompson has told officers that he is “back for good” after spending almost two years abroad based between Birmingham, Amsterdam and Spain.

Gardai are particularly concerned about a simmering feud between Thompson and a 24-year-old Dublin criminal now hiding in Co Laois.

The rival criminal was present in an incident in which Thompson’s brother suffered a broken leg and his wife was stabbed in the face in a south city pub in March.

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Fat Freddy Thompson’s Gang Whacked An Innocent Man Because He Witnessed a Mob Rubout

Posted in criminals, crooks, Ireland, mobs, Mobsters, murder, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

 

Nothing gets the gardai’s nose more crooked than the mob killing of an innocent man.

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It is alleged that Fat Freddy Thompson’s gang used a crooked car dealer named Brian Downes for a number of capers, including supplying get-away cars after a murder, and the transportation of illegal drugs. On two separate occasions, cars that Downes supplied to Thompson’s gang were immediately seized by the gardai (Irish police), after they were filled with heroin. Fat Freddy’s gang put two and two together and they figured Downes was the one who tipped off the gardai.

On October 5, 2007, Downes was whacked at his own garage (allegedly Fat Freddy himself did not give the order for the hit, but a close associate did). Downes was shot eight times, once in the head, and seven times in the body.

The only problem, at the garage when the hit (and Downes) went down, was an innocent man named Edward Ward, who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. So not to leave any witnesses, Ward was shot twice in the head, rendering him quite as dead as Downes.

So what’s the moral of this story? There isn’t any.

But it might be a good idea not to be in the company of a man playing ball with a very dangerous drug-dealing gang, like Fat Freddy’s.

But what if poor Ward was just at Downes’ garage to buy a car?

Hey, spit happens.
The article below appeared at:

http://www.herald.ie/news/fat-freddie-gang-led-hit-on-car-dealer-2651619.html

‘Fat’ Freddie gang led hit on car dealer

MURDERS: Innocent man also shot dead after witnessing assassination

By Ken Foy

Thursday May 19 2011

A MEMBER of ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson’s gang is suspected of ordering the hit on a car dealer which led to a shocking double murder.

A jury at Dublin County Coroner’s Court this week returned verdicts of unlawful killing at an inquest into the deaths of car dealer Brian Downes (40), who was gunned down alongside Edward Ward (24) in 2007.

Downes was the target of the hitman and Ward — who was not considered a criminal — was shot dead simply because he was a witness to the execution.

The car dealer had a long history of providing vehicles to members of ‘Fat’ Freddie’s gang but a contract was put on his life when the gangsters suspected that he had become an informer, the Herald understands.

Sources say that Downes was blamed for providing gardai with information about two major drug seizures in 2007 when hundreds of thousands of euro worth of heroin was taken off the streets.

The gang suspected that Downes had provided officers with information about the movements of vehicles before detectives moved in on them and seized the drugs. “As soon as they suspected that Downes was helping gardai — that was the end of him. Unfortunately Mr Ward happened to be caught in the crossfire,” said a source.

Downes had previously been arrested by detectives investigating the murder of ‘King Ratt’ gang member John Roche in March 2005 — Roche was killed by the ‘Fat’ Freddie mob but no one has ever been charged with that slaying.

The crooked car dealer was arrested on suspicion of providing the getaway car in that murder and sources say that Downes regularly provided vehicles for the Thompson gang for drug runs and other criminal enterprises. “He was a Del-Boy type figure but he got himself involved with some very dangerous people,” a source pointed out.

It is understood that ‘Fat’ Freddie did not personally sanction the murder of Brian Downes, but it was ordered by one of his closest associates.

This week’s inquest heard that Downes was shot eight times — once in the head and seven times in the body while Mr Ward was shot twice and died of a gunshot wound to the body. The shooting happened at Downes’ garage on the Greenhills Road, in Walkinstown, on October 5, 2007.

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – 24-Hour Tail on Fat Freddie Thompson

Posted in criminals, crooks, Dublin, England, Gangs, gangsters, Ireland, Mobsters, murder, police, United Kingdom with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

 

Boy this “Fat Freddie” Thompson is sure attracting a lot of attention across the Pond.

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It has recently came to light that Fat Freddie, the head of the so-called “King Ratt” gang, has put a bounty of 100,000 pounds on the head of former pal, and present rat Joey O’Brien. Now, it seems that underworld forces operating in direct opposition to Fat Freddie have initiated several attacks on Fat Freddie’s family members.

First, Fat Freddie’s bother Rickie (Fat Richie? I once knew a Richie Fat in Manhattan’s Little Italy) had his leg broken, when he and his wife Catherine (who was stabbed) were beaten badly in the Karma Stone Pub in Camden Street in Dublin,Ireland. Then someone threw a pipe bomb into Fat Freddie’s family home, forcing his mother to evacuate to safer digs.

So, I think it’s safe to say we haven’t seen the end of the animosity between Fat Freddie and whomever is trying to decimate his family.

To try and stop any more violent incidents, the Dublin Police, called the “Garda,” have put Fat Freddie under 24-hour surveillance. Since Fat Freddie has been constantly looking over his shoulder for either his enemies, or for the police, he hasn’t hooked up with long-time girlfriend Vicky Dempsey for quite some time.

Maybe that’s a good thing for Vicky, since she might escape being in the crossfire of any more violence directed at Fat Freddie.

My guess, considering Fat Freddie reportedly also pissed off the Turkish Mafia in a drug-connected matter, in addition to not making too many friends in Ireland, “Fat Freddie” Thompson might be involved in a little more action.

As a perpetrator, or maybe even as a victim.

Stay tuned.

The article below appeared in the Dublin Herald at:

http://www.herald.ie/news/24hour-tail-on-freddie-as-tensions-rise-2851678.html

24-hour tail on Freddie as tensions rise

Thursday August 18 2011

Gangland tensions have escalated enormously — with the return of crime boss ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson, now under 24-hour surveillance. The garda’s Organised Crime Unit have been monitoring Thompson’s activities on a “round-the-clock basis” since his return.

‘Fat’ Freddie spent a day at the Rotunda Hospital on Monday where his sister Lisa Jane gave birth to her first child, Jamie.

The gang boss (inset below) is said to be still “furious” after his brother and mother were targeted in feud related attacks.

Sources say that “top-of-the list” is a 24-year-old criminal present during a violent incident in which Freddie’s brother suffered a broken leg in a south city pub in March. The savage attack on Freddie’s brother Ritchie (40) and his wife Catherine at the Karma Stone pub in Camden Street has still not been avenged.

Gardai fear the criminal responsible for the assault is a dead man walking.

To compound the situation for this member of the so-called ‘King Ratt’ faction, Thompson also blames the fellow criminal for throwing a pipe bomb into the garden of his family home earlier this summer.

This incident led to Thompson’s mother being evacuated from the south inner city property in the early hours of the morning.

Sources say that ‘Fat’ Freddie has not returned to his family home while in Ireland and has been staying in city centre hotels.

It is unclear if he has met up with his long term girlfriend Vicky Dempsey, who is from Crumlin, during his time in Ireland.

But sources say that he has been in contact with a number of his close associates — including his first cousin, Liam Brannigan. Brannigan was arrested by members of the Organised Crime Unit after a pipe bomb was seized in the west of the city last month but was later released without charge.

This is not Thompson’s first visit back to Dublin this year and it is understood that he has been back in Ireland on at least two occasions since January.

Sources say that the gangster who leads one of Ireland’s most notorious drugs gangs has been mainly based in Birmingham since 2011.

Despite earlier reports, a European Arrest Warrant is not in place for Thompson in relation to a massive police operation in Spain last year which led to his drug supplier, Christy Kinahan, and other senior gang members being arrested and charged.

At a murder trial earlier this summer, it emerged that ‘Fat’ Freddie wanted to kill gangland supergrass and Crumlin criminal Joey O’Brien.

The court heard evidence that by the summer of 2005, his life was under threat because he had fallen out with a well-known, notorious criminal — understood to be Thompson — who had become associated with him when he was a teenager.

O’Brien agreed that this drugs boss came down heavy on him and that he told a garda that this individual was threatening to shoot him over a debt and for informing on him to the gardai.

O’Brien agreed that his father — who had been in the Army all his life — had to put up a sum of money to get this criminal off his back.

Sources say that ‘Fat’ Freddie is very close to his younger sister who has no involvement in crime.

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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Fat Freddie Thompson Offers €100k to Kill Witness

Posted in criminals, crooks, Dublin, England, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, murder, organized crime, police, United Kingdom with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

The Dublin Mafia, headed by “Fat Freddie” Thompson, has allegedly offer a reward of €100k (pounds) to anyone who can locate and kill informer Joey O’Brien.

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It seems that the 28-year old O’Brien was the chief witness in a murder trial of Thompson associate Peter Kenny, which caused Kenny to be convicted and given a mandatory life sentence for the murder of murder of drug dealer John ‘Champagne’ Carroll, who shot dead while socializing in Grumpy Jack’s Pub in the Coombe in February, 2009.

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O’Brien is hiding somewhere in the Witness Protection Program, so Thompson and his gang are trying to make life miserable for O’Brien’s sister Louise, who was forced to flee Dublin with her children. Apparently, even though Louise had nothing to do with her brother turning canary, she was threatened on the streets, spat on, and called a “rat” herself. A Dublin police source said, “What he (Joey O’Brien) did had absolutely nothing to do with Louise – it left her in a very vulnerable position. She has been advised to get out of Dublin and that is what she has done.”

This brings to mind an incident that took place in American in 1992. Fat Pete Chiodo, all 500 pounds of him, had turned rat against his Lucchese crime family associates. As a result, on May 8, 1991, Chiodo was shot 12 times in a Staten Island gas station. Chiodo’s blubber absorbed all the bullets, and amazingly, he lived to testify in court. But that didn’t stop his former friends from going after Pete’s sister Patrica Capozallo, who was ambushed on a Brooklyn street in March of 1992. Capozollo was shot in the arm, back and neck, but she survived too.

In the good old days of the Mafia, or any organized crime group, a person’s family was always considered off-limits, when it came to retribution against anyone who might have found a friend in the government. Not any more. Everyone, male or female, relative, or friend, of any canary, is now in danger, whether they had anything to do with the situation, or not. The feeling apparently is, with the informer now in the wind and unavailable for killing, hurt him where it hurts him most – his family.

I liked the good old days better.

The article below appeared in the Dublin Herald.

http://www.herald.ie/news/freddies-euro100k-to-kill-witness-2846987.html

By Ken Foy

Friday August 12 2011

‘FAT’ Freddie Thompson’s gang has agreed to pay €100k to anyone who kills a State witness.

The gangsters have clubbed together with other criminals and there is now a €100,000 price on the head of protected witness Joey O’Brien.

But because they can’t get at Mr O’Brien – Thompson (below) and fellow criminals have turned on his innocent sister. Louise O’ Brien has also been targeted by associates of murderer Peter Kenny, convicted on her brother’s evidence. Ms O’Brien fled her Dublin home in the wake of the conviction of Peter Kenny (28) – jailed after her brother, Joey, gave evidence against him.

Kenny (28), from Rialto, was given a mandatory life sentence last month after being convicted of the murder of drug dealer John ‘Champagne’ Carroll (33), shot dead while socialising in Grumpy Jack’s Pub in the Coombe in February, 2009.

O’Brien’s family and his girlfriend’s family in the Coombe have been targeted with pipe bombs and threats before and during the trial over his decision to turn supergrass. In one incident, a taxi owned by a member of O’Brien’s girlfriend’s family was blown up outside his south Dublin home. Joey O’Brien, from Crumlin, his partner and children and other family members have been given new lives as part of the Witness Security Programme, probably outside the jurisdiction.

However, his sister Louise was not included in the secret programme but has been forced to flee her south inner city home with her children because of the campaign of terror. Sources have revealed that Louise was verbally threatened, branded a “rat” and even spat at on the street because of her brother’s decision to give evidence. “What he did had absolutely nothing to do with Louise – it left her in a very vulnerable position. She has been advised to get out of Dublin and that is what she has done,” explained a source.

In one of the most serious incidents, a close male associate of Ms O’Brien was given a “severe hiding” close to their home by three criminals armed with baseball bats. CRIMINALS Sources say that one of the criminals involved in the baseball attack was a convicted heroin dealer from the south inner city who is a major target for gardai under antigangland legislation.

It is understood that death threats were made against Ms O’ Brien during the course of this extremely serious assault which left the victim battered and bruised. The vicious assault was carried out with the approval of ‘Fat’ Freddie’s gang. During the murder trial, O’Brien denied being a garda informer for several years before the 2009 killing. He agreed that by the time of the killing he was a drug dealer at a significant level and used to sell drugs to “anybody, including new users, recreational users and addicts”.

However he didn’t begin taking drugs until he was 19 and was a recreational user, never becoming addicted to substances. O’Brien also admitted that he committed a large number of other criminal offences, including credit card fraud. He said that by the summer of 2005, his life was under threat as he had fallen out with a wellknown, notorious criminal, who had taken a shine to him as a teenager. O’Brien agreed that this drugs boss came down heavy on him and that he told a garda that this individual was threatening to shoot him over the debt and for informing on him to the gardai.

O’Brien agreed that his father, who had been in the army all his life, had to put up some money to get this criminal off his back. He agreed that at the time of John Carroll’s killing, he (Joey O’Brien) was socialising seven nights a week, taking cocaine, getting taxis everywhere, “could drop” €3,000 or €4,000 an hour in a bookies and owed €8,500. However, he denied driving the gunman to the scene that night in order to make €15,000. After being arrested, O’Brien told gardai that his role in the murder was to burn the motorbike used in the killing at a housing estate in Harold’s Cross – he told detectives that Peter Kenny was the gunman in the hit on Carroll.

O’Brien confirmed that Peter Kenny walked into the pub wearing a helmet and fired a number of shots at ‘Champagne’ Carroll with a semi-automatic weapon.

hnews@herald.ie

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