Notorious U.K. Gangster Running Empire on Facebook From Jail

ONE of Britain’s most dangerous gangsters has been using Facebook to threaten and intimidate his enemies from a maximum security prison.

Colin Gunn, an underworld godfather who ordered the execution of two grandparents, has been able to correspond freely with up to 565 “friends” on the social networking site for the past two months.

Gunn, a “double-A” category inmate who is serving a 35-year sentence for conspiracy to murder, is said to be still running his drugs and organised crime cartel from jail. He claims he was allowed to set up a Facebook account by prison governors, suggesting it was his legal right.

Critics believe the authorities may have turned a blind eye out of fear of receiving a legal challenge on human rights grounds.

In one posting, Gunn, 42, said: “I will be home one day and I can’t wait to look into certain people’s eyes and see the fear of me being there.” In another message he wrote: “It’s good to have an outlet to let you know how I am, some of you will be in for a good slagging, some have let me down badly, and will be named and shamed, f****** rats.”

Gunn’s criminal empire in Nottingham was one of the main reasons why it became known as “assassination city”.

His site, which he appears to have been able to update on a daily basis, was shut down on Friday after The Sunday Times raised the alarm.

Jack Straw, the justice secretary, said he will crack down on Facebook use by prisoners. His department insists social networking sites are prohibited in jail and Gunn had not received permission to run an account. He is the latest — albeit the most dangerous — offender caught posting comments.

Last week it emerged that Jade Braithwaite, jailed for knifing to death Ben Kinsella, 16, used Facebook to taunt his victim’s family.

All information was taken from FOXNews.


3 thoughts on “Notorious U.K. Gangster Running Empire on Facebook From Jail

  1. Lindsay,
    Reading your post about this man has made me kind of freaked out. If this man is using Facebook to threaten people, I can only imagine what he could or is doing to them in person. I know Facebook can be really safe if you have secure privacy settings, but there are still some very interesting people out there who use it for the wrong reasons. I understand the creators can’t monitor every single page in detail, but I certainly hope things like this don’t happen often. It is comforting to know that his page was shut down. Also, I don’t think it’s safe to let prisoners have access to social media? I wonder if the prison system in the United States allows this.
    thanks for listening,

  2. Lindsay,

    This is an awesome story. Who would have thought that this would be happening? I believe people know that it is a possibility but never really think twice about an inmate threatening people while in prison. Mostly, because we are “sure” that all of their activity is being monitored. Great Post!


  3. Lindsay,

    This is a crazy story! I can’t believe this guy was actually allowed to have a Facebook account while in prison, especially since he is serving a sentence for conspiracy to commit murder. I know there have been situations where bullying has taken place over social networking sites, but I never would have guessed that someone in prison would have the ability to use those sites, especially for the purposes of intimidation. I don’t blame Facebook or this problem though, it is definitely something that the prison governors should never have allowed in the first place, regardless of their fear about depriving him of “human rights”. I’m so glad you found this story!


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