Charlie Bird retired former RTE Journalist and Willie McGee, retired head of the fraud squad with news papers from December 1979 through to February 1980
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Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times
Ransom ’79 – A True Crime Story with Charlie Bird – Episode 1
In the first of three episodes, Charlie Bird tells the sensational story of an attempt to extort five million pounds from the Irish Government in 1979 by threatening to unleash an epidemic of Foot & Mouth Disease.
Retired Head of the Fraud Squad Superintendant, Willie McGee is interviewed by Charlie, and the amazing tale of Tom Smith and his outrageous extortion gang unfolds.