1997 – A leading protestant paramilitary, Billy Wright, is shot dead at the maximum security Maze prison in Northern Ireland.

In custody in the Maze Prison, Loyalist para-military Billy Wright is murdered by three members of the Republican Irish National Liberation Army who managed to smuggle a gun into the prison. The INLA issued a statement justifying their action. “Billy Wright was executed for one reason and one reason only, and that was for directing and waging his campaign of terror against the nationalist people from his prison cell.” Northern Ireland security forces believe Wright was involved in as many as twenty sectarian killings. He was never charged with any of them. Wright’s killers, Christopher McWilliams, John Glennon and John Kennaway were jailed for life but later released under the Good Friday Agreement.

Wright was known as King Rat. In mural above Swinger is another Loyalist paramilitary Mark Fulton (1961-2002) who allegedly was responsible for a dozen killings. Fulton took command of the Loyalist Volunteer Force following the death of Wright.

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