The Inside Story of being a Prison Governor in Northern Ireland

New book from William McKee, the Senior Governor in charge of the Maze prison on the 27 December 1997, the day that LVF Godfather Billy Wright was murdered.

Online PR News – 06-August-2009 – – Through the pages of William McKee's Governor, the author has given the inside story on what it was really like to deal with men who had carried out some of the most heinous crimes both civilian and terrorist related in our history, men that in Maze in particular he had to form working relationships with in order to maintain order and discipline in the Prison, a Prison where Prison Rules on the whole could not be applied. Meetings with Loyalist God Fathers Michael Stone, Billy Wright and Johnny Adair in addition to leading members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army were a regular occurrence and happened not always at his request.

Unfortunately William’s life as a Prison Governor came at a price. Due to his high profile career he eventually was to lose everything that he held dear.

William was the Senior Governor in charge of the Maze Prison on 27 December 1997, the day that LVF Godfather Billy Wright was murdered.

His death was the start of William’s descent into life-changing circumstances which would ultimately lead to the loss of his home, health, career, family and on a number of occasions, almost his life both through murder attempts and finally thoughts of suicide.

William tells his story with rare honesty and skill. This is an eye-opening account of what life is really like inside Northern Ireland Prisons.

William McKee was born on 12 July 1955 on the outskirts of Downpatrick, a small town some 20 miles from Belfast the capital city in Northern Ireland.

After William left college he was employed in Harland and Wolfe a world famous ship builder for the first three years of his working life. After three years he moved closer to home and had a career as a sub accountant in Richard Kew and Sons a belt and braces provider for leading fashion houses in Europe.

On the 14 July 1977, two days following his twenty second birthday, he joined the Northern Ireland Prison Service where he was to remain until his medical retirement due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in May 2004.

William had joined the Prison Service for a couple of years until he could get a ‘proper’ job. Ambition however took over and as he worked his way through the various grades he eventually reached the rank of Governor, a role that initially brought great career satisfaction which took him all the way to an audience with Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace where he was presented with an award for ratifying two particularly challenging areas in the Maze Prison.

For a review copy, or to schedule an interview with William, contact Liam Moroney on the details below.