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Kray Twins Auction: A Bible, A Charles Bronson Painting But No Copy Of A Blue Jeans Love Story

AH, those were the Krays, those halcyon days when a villain was proper villain, a man with a plan who knew people in high places and how to extort money from local trades people with a few weapons wrapped round a good old fashioned “please, “thank you” and “how’s your mum?”.

Now you can own a slice of the Kray twins’ story  by snapping up the famous Bible owned by Ronnie while he and his brother were serving out life sentences for murdering people in black and white. The Bible includes Reggie’s three bookmarks picking out “chapters on judgement and damnation”.

Keen eyes will note that the Bible is stamped “HMP Wayland, Griston, Norfolk”.

Did it ever belong to Kray, or was he only “borrowing it for a bit”?

 

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Also, there’s the panting the violent and celebrated career prisoner Charles Bronson sent Reggie in jail. It portrays Reggie as a muppet.

 

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Jonathan Humbert, of auction house JP Humbert’s in Northamptonshire, is flogging off someone else’s items for a small percentage. It’s what Reggie and Ronnie would have wanted. He says:

“So you have on one hand an infamous criminal who thought nothing of using violence to mete out his own punishments, but who here has a copy of the Bible and has apparently picked out these passages on judgement and damnation. It is in some ways the opposite of what you might expect these guys to have in their possession.”

No. It’s precisely the kind of terrifying thing you’d expect to be owned by the brothers who sought to instil the fear of God in their victims. A shock would be if they collected copies of Blue Jeans magazine with annotations in the margins pointing out where Ronnie thought the writer of the photo story romance had gone wrong.

 

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Posted: 16th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Reviews, The Consumer | Comment


The Blind Beggar And The Bloody Killing of George Cornell by Ronnie Kray

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Ronald Kray 1969 – At last in Gaol.

 

ONE hundred and one years after the evangelist William Booth preached his first open air sermon outside the Blind Beggar Public House on the Whitechapel Road – a sermon which ultimately led to the establishment of the Salvation Army – Ronald Kray walked into the very same pub. Or at least it would have been the same pub had it not been rebuilt in 1894 by the Mann, Crossman and Paulin’s Albion Brewery at the same address. It was 8.30pm on 9 March 1966 and Kray was accompanied by his right-hand man Ian Barrie, while his driver, John ‘Scotch Jack’ Dickson, was told to wait outside in his Mark 1 Cortina.

A pub had been on the same spot in Whitechapel since 1673 and it was named after Henry de Montfort, the son of the Earl of Leicester, who is said to have posed as a blind beggar to escape detection after the battle of Evesham in 1265. Of course Ronald Kray wouldn’t have been the first villain, big-time or otherwise, who had found themselves in that infamous East End pub. Before the First World War the Blind Beggar was the meeting-place of a gang of pick-pockets and ne’er do wells. One of them called ‘Bulldog’ Wallis got into a fight with a Jewish couple and ended up killing the man by pushing the tip of his umbrella through one of his eyes. The East End code of silence prevailed and ‘no one saw nuffink’ and Wallis had to be released from police custody through lack of evidence. Accompanied by his cheering supporters he returned to the Blind Beggar a hero.

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Posted: 14th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts | Comment


Krays Associate Smashes Windows To Prove He’s Not A Paedophile

JOHN Raymond Searl, 74, was so desperate to prove he was not a paedophile he broke two windows of Graham Knapp’s house in Hillsborough thinking that when his life of crime was read out in court there would be no mention of any sexual assaults on children.

Searl had been in jail for armed robberies in the 1950s. (He met the infamous Kray twins in Parkhurst jail in the 1960s. He claims they nicknamed him ‘The Iceman’ for being cool under pressure. See broken windows.)

Searl was upset at rumours that he’d served an 8-year-senteced for being a paedo.

Searl is arrested. At Sheffield Magistrates’ Court after he pleads guilty to criminal damage.

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Posted: 7th, October 2010 | In: Strange But True | Comment