Date of publication: October 2008
Publisher: The National Archives
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Ronnie and Reggie Kray were kings of the Sixties underworld – gangland bosses whose escalating crimes of fraud, extortion, violence and murder spanned over a decade in London’s East End. Complex personalities who became increasingly unhinged, the twins were eventually imprisoned in 1969 for the murders of George Cornell and Jack ‘The Hat’ McVitie.
The cult of the Krays survived even their deaths in 1995 and 2000. Through police and trial records at The National Archives, this ‘bloody history’ explores a culture that allowed the twins to flourish and associate with celebrities; the brutal crimes that eluded justice; and the dogged police investigation led by ‘Nipper’ Read of Scotland Yard. It ends with a look at the Krays’ colourful prison lives and an evaluation of their abilities: could these men have succeeded on the right side of the law?
• Onwards and Upwards
• Reign of Terror
• The Net Closes
• Gangmasters on Trial
• The Last Thirty Years
• Sources, Reading, Index
James Morton has written many successful books on organised crime. Several of his works were co-authored with Krays’ case personalities: Nipper Read: The Man Who Nicked the Krays, Calling Time on the Krays: The Barmaid’s Tale and the ‘Mad Frank’ series. He was previously a defence solicitor and editor of the New Law Journal and Criminal Lawyer.