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Sam ‘Skelly’ McCrory: Booze binge a factor in death of feared UDA assassin and Johnny Adair loyalist

Pal says notorious Shankill hardman turned to drink after death of his beloved son

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Sam 'Skelly' McCrory

Sam 'Skelly' McCrory

Samuel Madine, Skelly's son, died last year

Samuel Madine, Skelly's son, died last year

Sam 'Skelly' McCrory

Sam 'Skelly' McCrory

Sam 'Skelly' McCrory and Michael Stone

Sam 'Skelly' McCrory and Michael Stone

Tracey Coulter

Tracey Coulter

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A photo taken in 1983 at a Belfast National Front rally of Sam McCrory, Johnny Adair and Donald Hodgen who all became UFF men

A photo taken in 1983 at a Belfast National Front rally of Sam McCrory, Johnny Adair and Donald Hodgen who all became UFF men

Johnny Adair and Sam 'Skelly' McCrory

Johnny Adair and Sam 'Skelly' McCrory

John Gregg and Johnny Adair

John Gregg and Johnny Adair

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Sam 'Skelly' McCrory

Former UDA gunman Sam ‘Skelly’ McCrory died from a massive heart attack during a drinking binge as he tried to block out the pain of his only son’s tragic death.

The feared hitman — who has been linked to EIGHT murders — hit the bottle after his beloved son Samuel Madine passed away last September. The young businessman, who was aged in his 30s, died of organ failure.


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