Our Legal Heritage: Johnny Ramensky



John Forsyth
John Forsyth

John Forsyth writes…

I was interested by the your recent piece on Peterhead Prison and its mention of the legendary safe-cracker Johnny Ramensky who, among other things, was the last man to be shackled in a Scottish prison.

A number of years ago I produced a series of short programmes for Radio 5 Live entitled Crime and Punishment.

‘Gentle’ Johnny Ramensky was the subject of one programme which included an interview with his last defence solicitor, the late Joe Beltrami. I thought that your readers may be interested and the programme can be heard here.



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