LondonCrime is a fantastic website
owned and managed by Jim Fletcher. Operating in its third year and dedicated to
Jim’s love of our city and of its criminal history he set up the promotional
site in honour of his late father.
Upon the site you have access to
“the best London gangster books, movies, history and more” you can “explore the
history of London's crime” and “watch the best London movies”. If that’s not
enough, you are also able to “read fiction and true crime books and explore the
of London's criminal underworld”. At
least if you cannot do that on the site (of which some you can) you can access
the films and books through it.
If you love everything London, you
will absolutely love LondonCrime! Working tirelessly into the night, reading or
watching new material that Jim feels would benefit from being added (what an
excuse) every book or film is scrutinised before its added. Each has to fit
Jim’s criteria that the storyline is based in London—there is just once
exception to this rule and its Donna that Jim has broken it for “because he
can”, as the man himself says.
Who is Jim, who is the man behind LondonCrime?
An engineer, Jim balances family life and work (as well as working on the
website). Many might not know but as an essential worker, Jim has continued to
work throughout the pandemic as his company produce essential components. He
works extremely hard and he works long hours. Once home he, of course, has
family responsibilities to take care of before embarking on his website duties.
That might be adding new material, creating metadata and yes Donna and Jim have
conversations about that) or spending time with his essential product research!
This passion spills out into all he
puts his heart into and LondonCrime is included in that. Engineering (see what
I did there) a team to help with promotions, Jim is our driving force, our
enthusiasm and momentum.
Please visit Jim's site once you've finished reading all about the man himself!
Striving for the success of others is just one outstanding quality that Jim as. As one of the team members of LondonCrime, Donna knows how much dedication goes on behind the scenes and also that he is no stranger of putting his hand in his pocket to help others strive. All the promotions Jim does for others are done for the love of what he’s read or watched and that’s humbling—all is cost free for us authors and film makers.
Given what Jim does, what might motivate him? We’ve already shared that the website was set up in memory of Jim’s father, Jim shares that he was “ a larger-than-life figure, he was a man with a heart of gold and well respected”. Jim has shared some stories that, perhaps, can be told another day but one he has mentioned recently is that “he was once cut up in town as a long-distance lorry driver, and known for having a short fuse at times he lost his patience with this caravan driver and proceeded to put a crowbar through the caravan roof!”
Poignant, was his friendship with Michael Luvaglio. Jim shares with us that his father “worked and was friends with Michael in the early 1960s.” “Luvaglio and Dennis Stafford were both convicted of murdering Angus Sibbet in January 1967.” “Being bought up with my father firmly stating that there was no way that either Michael or Dennis would have committed this crime, and after losing my father in 2014, I persevered with trying to find out as much as possible about it, the people involved and tried to help Michaels case in proving his innocence.” Jim has worked extremely hard, on this case, including sending letters to MP’s and the CCRC which were met with repeated resistance. Jim still feels, to this day, there was a massive cover-up during the whole case. Pleased to have been able to contact Neil Jackson, another expert on this case, who was able to relay messages to Michael on his behalf, Jim hopes that his innocence will one day be proven. Unfortunately, Michael has now passed away and won’t see this day for himself.
Jim loves music and at the tender age of seven saw Bill Haley and the Comets in concert at Hammersmith Palais, which he has revealed was in 1974 (so you can do the math on that). He was also taken to see the musical stage show of ‘Grease’ long before it became a film. Having been bought up on a diet of rock and roll, he has assured us his music taste is a lot more varied now! Fascinated by the various subcultures of times past, mods, rockers, teddy boys, skinheads, punks, casuals, etc, Jim feels it's a shame these lifestyles have mostly disappeared.
Jim also promotes other causes when time permits. Beside his passion to see others succeed he hates knife crime and often runs campaigns against it—he strongly believes people can change, given the correct chances. Jim also has dreams for the future, that include LondonCrime becoming a brand and perhaps for that to included publishing true crime and fiction books (and you never know even expanding into LondonCrime films)!
by Donna Siggers and David Last