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Crime Archive:The Krays

by James Morton

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Crime Archive:The Krays

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?

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