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special edition Crime World Extra: The sorry end of once-powerful gangland 'fixer' John Traynor

Mobster spent his last years living in a dingy flat in a washed-up English seaside town before dying in a hospice far from home

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Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

He was the gangland fixer known as 'The Coach' and for decades he tried to play the criminal underworld, police and the media.

Criminal John Traynor dreamed of wealth and women when he joined the ranks of Martin ‘The General’ Cahill's armed robbery gang, but he would later turn on his old boss in favour of the new order under John Gilligan.

Traynor believed himself to be a master manipulator, but in the end he wasn’t quite as clever as he believed and spent his last years living in a dingy flat in a washed-up English seaside town before dying in a hospice far from home.

Nicola Tallant chats with Sunday World Deputy Editor Niall Donald about the life and crimes of the one that got away and the sorry end of the once powerful Coach.

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