The Krays. Letters for auction…

Twin brothers Ronald “Ronnie” Kray (24 October 1933 – 17 March 1995) and Reginald “Reggie” Kray (24 October 1933 – 1 October 2000) ruled London in the 1950s and 196060s, heading up organised crime in the East End. With their gang, “The Firm”, the Krays were involved in armed  robberies, protection rackets and assaults.   The Kray twins were accused of the murder of  Jack ‘The Hat’ McVitie, the notorious enforcer and hitman, with links to ‘The Firm’ in 1969.  This and the murder of George Cornell, a member of the Richardson gang, scrap metal dealers and criminals in Whitechapel in the late 60s led to the downfall and imprisonment of the Kray twins.  They were arrested on 9 May 1968 and convicted in 1969 by the efforts of a squad of detectives led by Detective Superintendent Leonard ‘Nipper’ Read and were both sentenced to to life imprisonment. Ronnie remained in Broadmoor Hospital until his death on 17 March 1995, but Reggie was released from prison on compassionate grounds in August 2000, eight weeks before his death from cancer.

As West End nightclub owners, the Kray twins mixed with prominent entertainers, including Frank Sinatra, Diana Dors, and Judy Garland and with politicians. The Krays were much feared within their milieu, and in the 1960s became celebrities in their own right, even being photographed by David Bailey and interviewed on television.

Ramsay Cornish is delighted to offer for sale in our Antique & Decorator’s auction on 26th September 2015 a collection of letters from Ronnie and Reggie Kray written from prison.  They make fascinating reading and offer a glimpse into the minds of the Krays.



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