PETER Mahoney – nicknamed the ‘Wildman’ – has won legions of fans thanks to his criminal story that changed his life for the better.
Drug ring ‘enforcer’ died in 2020 aged 49 – but who was the man behind the myth?
Who was Peter Mahoney?
Mahoney rose to public prominence through his lifelong friendship with crime writer-turned-criminal Shaun Attwood.
The duo grew up together in Cheshire, England, before moving to Arizona to pursue a life of crime in 1996.
Shaun detailed their meteoric rise through the criminal underworld in his “Hard Time” trilogy of books.
Their drug ring took off through a combination of Shaun’s “entrepreneurial flair” and Wildman’s role as a violent enforcer.
He later rose to prominence through his appearances on Shaun’s “True Crime” podcast.
Why was Peter Mahoney known as Wildman?
Peter earned the nickname “Wildman” when he was 17, according to Attwood’s books.
He was given the nickname of an uncle, and he quickly became an iconic name in the American underworld.
How long did Peter Mahoney spend in prison?
After years of massive profits from the sale of ecstasy, the duo finally caught on in 2002.
A joint takedown saw Shaun’s house attacked by a SWAT team, leading to Attwood and Mahoney being locked up.
They were imprisoned in the infamous Maricopa County jail system under the controversial direction of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
After his release from prison, Shaun wrote in his 2013 book ‘Party Time’, “Wild Man got married and only had three fights since he got out of prison, none of which started – which he everyone won.”
When did Peter Mahoney die?
Peter Mahoney died in November 2020 at the age of 49.
Although his cause of death does not appear to be confirmed, Shaun made an urgent appeal in March 2020 to seek medical attention for his lifelong friend after he began showing symptoms of Covid-19.
Tributes poured in for the former enforcer after his sudden death.
Writing on social media, Shaun said Mahoney will be remembered as “the bravest, greatest, meanest, most real person I have ever met”.