James “Jimmy” Boyle was born on May 17, 1944, in Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland. His father was a robber who died while Boyle was still a child, and Boyle’s mother took care of him and his brothers by working cleaning jobs from sunup to evening. Influenced by his harsh surroundings, Boyle entered the world of crime as a youth, first getting arrested at 13 and later becoming a violent debt collector for a money-lending ring. In his early 20s he was twice charged with murder and cleared.

-Convicted of Murder
-Becomes noted artist