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Ronnie Kray (1933-1995)

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Uploaded on Nov 21, 2009

Ronald "Ronnie" Kray (died 17th March 1995) and his brother Reggie were the foremost perpetrators of organised crime in London's East End during the 1950s and 1960s. Ronald, commonly referred to as Ron or Ronnie, suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. The Krays were involved in armed robberies, arson, protection rackets, violent assaults including torture and the murders of Jack "The Hat" McVitie and George Cornell. As West End nightclub owners they mixed with prominent entertainers including Diana Dors, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and politicians, giving them a veneer of respectability. In the 1960s they became celebrities in their own right, being photographed by David Bailey and interviewed on television. They were eventually arrested on 9th May 1968 and convicted in 1969 by the efforts of a dedicated squad of detectives led by Detective Superintendent Leonard "Nipper" Read, and were both sentenced to life imprisonment. Ronnie remained in prison until his death on 17th March 1995, but Reggie was released from prison on compassionate grounds in August 2000, a few weeks before his death from cancer. PUBLIC DOMAIN News item.

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