Crime Archive:The Krays
Ronnie and Reggie Kray were kings of the Sixties underworld â€“ gangland bosses whose escalating crimes of fraud, extortion, violence and murder spanned over a decade in Londonâ€™s East End. Complex personalities who became increasingly unhinged, the twins were eventually imprisoned in 1969 for the murders of George Cornell and Jack â€˜The Hatâ€™ McVitie.
The cult of the Krays survived even their deaths in 1995 and 2000. Through police and trial records at The National Archives, this â€˜bloody historyâ€™ 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 â€˜Nipperâ€™ Read of Scotland Yard. It ends with a look at the Kraysâ€™ colourful prison lives and an evaluation of their abilities: could these men have succeeded on the right side of the law?