Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Is This the Face of a Hardened Criminal?
Recently I have been thinking about Amy. That little mite has had some hard knocks in her short life. Her mother tried to sell her to the neighbours, and her father isn’t very thoughtful. Her mom’s last boyfriend didn’t want anything to do with her. She is forced to live in the dishwasher and she has a unibrow. It is hard to be her.
This kid is destined to spend a large part of her life visiting prison. I also think there is a huge chance that she will end up in one. Why, you ask. Well because it runs in the family. There is a good change that Tracy will end up in the slammer. We all know that Deirdre served a hard few weeks for a crime she did not commit. But, how many of us realize that bother her father and her grandfather are familiar with the inside of a cell.
On the cobbles a brush with the law is almost expected in the development of some characters, even the ones who end up being one of Weatherfield’s successful entrepreneurs. I am not sure of Steve McDonald is part of the Square Dealers (now that both Alf Roberts and Fred Elliot are dead, I don’t know who is) but you have to wonder if they would let Steve in. Yes, Steve was once sent to jail for perversion. Not the fun kind, but the perversion of justice kind.
The story is a little involved but here goes. Steve always wanted to be a businessman, but didn’t really have the sense for it. He did like to be flashy and one year bought all of his clients and contacts whisky … of the stolen variety. Now, Steve was no stranger to fenced merchandise. In late 1991 he tried to sell Alf Robert’s stolen car radio. He was charged but after he refused to say who else was involved. His brother talked and was beaten up as a result. Liz went into premature labour due to all the stress. The baby died after a couple days and, wracked with guilt, Steve started to talk. Thanks to the information, he got off lightly with a 100 pound fine.
The stolen whisky business lead to a trial in early 1996. Steve was found innocent because the guy he bought it from (the fence) gave testimony that Steve didn’t know the whiskey was stolen. However, Steve had his then wife, Vicky, bribe the fence to lie in court. But, as things unravel in the street some domestic troubles caused the fence’s wife to testify that he had been bribed. Steve went to trial for perversion of justice and on May 24th he was sent down for two years.
Trips to the slammer run in the McDonald family. We all know about Jim and his Toronto Blue Jays sweatshirt. Jim had a nasty temper and always let it get the better of him. One night after Liz “confessed” to having an affair while Jim was away with the army he went crazy, beat her up and abandoned her at a service station. The dude is a nut-bar. Liz didn’t want him anywhere near her. Angry that Liz wouldn’t see him after the beating, he decided that the best way back into her heart was to break in through the back window. Curley Watts and Kevin Webster stopped him and handed him over to the police. This led Liz to taking out a restraining order against him, which he broke when he followed her into the Rovers wanting to have a civil conversation. Liz called the bill and Jim was sentenced to a few weeks in prison for breaking the restraining order.
I have seen a number of episodes from this time. Jim was a class 1 crazy. His jealousy was intense and there were a number of scenes where he leaves work and follows Liz around convinced that she was being unfaithful. It was actually pretty scary and I think the man needed to be institutionalized.
In 2000 Jim would let his temper flare out of control again, this time, in defense of his son Steve. Jez Quigley was drug-dealing scum in Coronation Street and he beat up Steve McDonald badly over unpaid debts. Steve was hospitalized and Jim was incensed. Jim gave Jez the beating of is life. He didn’t actually kill him in the beating, but while in the hospital Jez went to try and kill Steve (The Weatherfield General Hospital probably put them in the same room). As Jez tried to kill Steve, his Jim administered cracked rib punctured his spleen and lung. That was the end of Jez.
Jim confessed and was sentenced to 8 years in prison. Jim really is a dangerous character. According to Corrie.net he actually escaped prison in 2003 and tried to go to Ireland (weird). He escaped because he thought Liz was having an affair (weird). But was caught because he ended up saving Claire and Ashley who were adrift in a boat (weird). I don’t know if this added time to his sentence, but I do know that he later lost it over a tube of toothpaste and beat up his cellmate (psycho?). No parole for Jim.
I know a lot of Corrie Canuksters are big on Jim. But I have to say that he is a dangerous guy. I don’t know if the army made him crazy or what. I just hope that should they bring him back, his rage issues are addressed.
Poor little Amy. With both parents and two of four grandparents having experienced prison must she face the same fate? How long do the Canuksters think it will take before she gets sent down? And, what do you think the crime would be?