Ronnie Biggs seriously ill 14/8/01
A Headstone for Charlie 12/8/01
Happy Birthday to Ronnie
Charlie Bronson accuses
Steve Richards of ripping of his charity! 8/8/01
TO RONNIE BIGGS
ANOTHER KRAY DIES
TO CHRIS TARRANT
RONNIE BIGGS RETURNS TO ENGLAND!
THE RUMOUR MACHINE
HAPPY BIRTHADY REG
THANK YOU FROM ROBERTA KRAY
A WAY OF LIFE BY REG KRAY
REGGIE KRAY DEAD!
A MESSAGE FROM REG
A UNIQUE CD
IMPORTANT INFO FROM NORFOLK AND NORWICH HOSPITAL
REG TO BE RELEASED!
REG HAS CANCER!
JUST TO REASSURE YOU ABOUT REG
REG TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOR TESTS
A MESSAGE FOR MIKE TYSON FROM REG
THANKS TO BELMARSH PRISON AND BETHNAL GREEN
GREAT DAY FOR A FUNERAL
BOOK OF CONDOLENCE
WHAT REG SAID ABOUT CHARLIE'S DEATH
THE DEATH OF CHARLIE KRAY
BEST WISHES FROM BARBARA WINDSOR
REGGIE PAYS CHARLIE A VISIT
KRAY-THIRTY YEARS AND RISING
MESSAGE FOR EARNIE SHAVERS
FREE KRAY FIGHT
A MESSAGE FOR MIKE TYSON
TYSON AND REG KRAY
MESSAGE TO RONNIE BIGGS FROM REG KRAY
COMPLETES HIS 31ST YEAR IN PRISON
RELEASE FOR REG KRAY
CLASSIC BODYBUILDING SHOW
KRAY HAS BEEN MOVED
THE KRAY NAME
BACK IN FRANKLAND PRISON
CHARLIE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL
31 YEARS AGO
Biggs seriously ill 14/8/01
Biggs was taken from Belmarsh High security prison yesterday after haemorrhaging
and losing 3 pints of blood.
was taken to a military hospital in Woolwich, South East London, where
he was traeted for a fourth stroke two months ago.
cannot speak and can only communicate through the use of a keypad.
authorities are keeping Ron in prison to prove a point...what it is I
can only guess.
message that it sends out to me is, you can deliberately take a human
life, you can molest little kids, you can rape any woman of your choice,
but if you steal our money we will not rest until you have paid in full!
is a wasted man, using up unnecessary prison resources and placing an
extra burden on the taxpayer.
us all a favour and release him now...
battling Ron ..you have a good man in your corner...your son Michael...who
has been your pillar of strength for many years....I hope to see you a
Headstone for Charlie 12/8/01
old time gangsters gathered once again at Chingford Mount cemetary to
pay their respects to Charlie Kray and to see his new headstone installed.
attendance were Freddie Foreman, Tony Lambrianou one of the Kray firm,
Roy Shaw, Joey Pile, Wilf Pine a great friend of both Reg and Roberta,
and Johnny Nash a North London crime boss.
event was held some weeks ago at Dave Courtney's pub to raise the money
for the new headstone. It was well supported and a big thanks goes out
to all involved.
Birthday to Ronnie Biggs who was 72 yesterday on 8/8/2001
was also the anniversary of the Great Train Robbery. Ron must have thought
that all his birthdays came together on that memorable day!
is now paying a terrible price for his involvement in the biggest robbery
of all time (at the time). He is a man waiting to die and the authorities
are helping squeeze the last bit of life from him. Lets hope that they
will relent and let him have a last taste of freedom.
to Ronnie Biggs!
Biggs has visited his father Ronnie in prison and he was still in a "stable"
condition despite speculations by the press that he is fit and well and
looks like living another 10 years.
is a very sick man locked up in one of Britains' top security prisons.
He is appealing against his original 30 year sentence for his part in
the Great Train Robbery. But as we have learned in the past this process
can take months...and in Ron's case who knows how long it will take!
could do with some support so if you want to write to him send your letters
Hospital Wing H.M.P. Belmarsh
London SE 28 OEB
pass on my regards...email@example.com
Sun, 20 May 2001
have just received news that the Krays Aunt, Francis Kray has died.
Her grandson Barry who moved to America sent me the following mail:
and Reggie's uncle, William Kray, died back in 1990. His wife, my Nan,
Francis Kray died in the early hours of Sunday morning. Only last week
I was chatting to her about her visit here. I moved to New York City a
number of years ago. She used to come once a year over the Thanksgiving
weekend for a visit. She was a typical Kray in the sense that she was
tough and took no nonsense from anybody. She will be dearly missed."
to Barry and his family....
will keep you posted on any new info
To Chris Tarrant
response to your Ronnie Biggs remarks:
Chris Tarrant, I listen to your radio show every morning and on the whole
find it quite entertaining.
your recent verbal campaign against Ronnie Biggs seems to be overstepping
the news was heard that he would be returning to England you have done
nothing else but slag him off.
Although we are all entitled to our opinions and even poke fun and maybe
have a laugh at other peoples expenses we have to draw the line as to
how far we can take this verbal abuse.
Your spoof ad 'Ronnie Biggs Holidays'was amusing to a point....but when
you say that Ronnie Biggs "is an evil, law breaking parasite" then you
have to be able to defend these remarks....
or not he is a parasite, that is a matter of opinion.
the remark that he is a law breaker, that is a matter of fact.
to say that he is evil is totally abusing your position as a radio presenter.
what basis do you make that claim?...What evil deeds has he commited?
have said that he should rot in prison...
A man commits one crime...robbery...and you believe he should spend the
rest of his life locked up...
People in your position, who broadcast to the public are aware what influence
you have on the public and how they respond......you should therefore
make sure that what you are saying is correct and true. Until recently
there has been no real effective way for people like Ronnie Biggs of responding
to stories that are either, untrue, highly exaggerated or downright lies
but with the advent of the web they now have that platform..... And people
like me to implement it....
Although I believe in free speech I also believe we have to be answerable
for that right.....so unless you can substantiate your claim that he is
evil then I think it is more than appropriate for you to publicly apologise
on your show for the unfounded remark that you have made. I will post
this email on my web site www.thekrays.co.uk (the site that led the web
campaign for the release of Reg Kray) and hopefully your response along
side it....Regards...Mick Gallagher tel 020 7837 5307
Biggs to return to England!
looks like Ron will soon be leaving Rio to Return to England after 35
years on the run.
private plane chartered by the Sun newspaper has just landed in South
America with his old friend Bruce Reynolds on board.
was mastermind of the Great Train Robbery and responsible for getting
Ronnie Biggs involved in the greatest robbery of the century.... Bruce
has long since finished his 30 year prison sentence and is now a very
Ronnie on the other hand served only 15 months of his 30 year sentence
return to England was prompted mainly by his deteriorating health....
having suffered 3 strokes and now rendered speechless..... Jack Slipper,
retired detective who tried to bring Ronnie back from Brazil in 1974 said
that if he returns he should be arrested and sent to prison....But because
of his ill health it should be an open prison.....
is no disputing the fact that Ronnie broke the law and is an escaped criminal
and the British Authorities have no choice but to arrest him on arrival.
But whether he should be kept in prison to finish his original sentence
is another kettle of fish.
he broke the law, the main reason that he escaped and continued to outsmart
the british police was because of the 30 year prison sentence imposed
on him and others on the robbery...The sentence was one of the harshest
ever given for crimes of this nature...... Anyone in their right mind
would have done the same thing.....and particularly in Ron's case...when
others on the train robbery considered his role to be more of a tea boy
in comparison to others on the job.A hell of a price for a cup of tea!!!!!
think Ron has come back to die ....let him do so in peace...
Others say the law is the law and he should be punished...well that's
okay.....but didn't we see New Labour change these rules for Irish terrorists
when they held an amnesty (under the Northern Ireland Agreement) for all
those Ira and Loyalist terrorists who had escaped from prisons or were
on the run from being arrested.....
the others who say, "why should he come back and sponge off the National
Health Service when I have worked hard all my life and paid my taxes"....
Why can we not offer this to a man who is very sick...when we allow every
other Tom Dick or Hussain the use of our National Health Service?
have to have some compassion....It may not be the correct thing to do...letting
Ron spend his last days in peace....but it would be right!
saw the authorities get more than their pound of flesh with Reg Kray.....lets
not do the same for Ronnie Biggs.....
It hasn't taken long for the rumours to start up again, there have
been various unfounded and ridiculous stories over the past few weeks.
Today, the News of the World's columnist Rav joins in with a claim from
Tony Lambrianou that film director Guy Ritchie visited Reg secretly while
he was in hospital to discuss a new Kray movie.
Roberta Kray said: "I'm sure reading this article provided as big a surprise
for Guy Ritchie as it did for me. Mr Ritchie never visited Reg at the
hospital. They never met or even talked to each other at any time. I'm
surprised Tony Lambrianou insists that they did; he's either very ill-informed
or is being deliberately misleading, perhaps both. Whatever his motivation,
the story is untrue.
These rumours seem to be endless. There was no shortage of people trying
to exploit Reg's name while he was alive, and they are continuing with
the same insensitive enthusiasm now that he is dead. It's distressing,
especially at this time, to have to read such rubbish. Reg did not spend
his final weeks in hospital having meetings and discussions; he spent
them battling against an illness that was to end his life."
would have been 67 years old on the 24th October 2000. Sadly, it is a
birthday he will not be here to celebrate. He will be missed for all the
right reasons - not for his reputation or his past but for his love, loyalty
and kindness towards those who were close to him. Happy Birthday Reg.
not forgetting Ron!
YOU.... from Roberta Kray
would like to say thank you for all the messages of sympathy and condolence
on the death of my husband.
always appreciated the support that was shown during his protracted years
of imprisonment. Through letters, phone calls and visits he made many
new friends and their interest and affection, together with that of old
companions, sustained him through difficult times.
who knew Reg knew a different man to the one who was so often portrayed
by the media. He was not an angel but was far from being a devil. He was
a man of incredible spirit, warmth, humour, and compassion. He tried to
make the best of every day and faced each day, even in illness, with courage
is much that could be said about the length of his sentence and the associated
political skulduggery, but this is not the time or the place. Suffice
to say there is no justice without mercy and the final "mercy" shown to
Reg came only with the knowledge of his imminent death.
have been many things written about Reg Kray in the past and there will
surely be many more in the future. Reg's real legacy, however, will lie
not in other people's words but in the hearts and souls of everyone who
the words that Reg himself always used
WAY OF LIFE' ....by Reg Kray
Way of Life, Reg's recollections of his thirty-two years in prison, was
recently published by Sidgwick & Jackson. Many have claimed a stake
in the Kray legend, but only Reg Kray could write of his own life with
authority. In A Way of Life we come to understand the Reg Kray of 2000,
not the 1960s, and how his later life relates to his past. We see the
anguish of the prison system, but also Reg's remarkable influence on many
fellow inmates and how he handled enforced relationships with characters
who ranged from Lennie McLean to the Great Train Robbers, John McVicar
to the Yorkshire Ripper, Frankie Fraser to Ian Brady, with frank reflections
on the penalties of crime.
while he was still in prison awaiting parole, Reg speaks for the first
time in his own words of his marriage to Roberta, of his relationships
with his brothers Ron and Charlie, of his last moments with them and of
document for future generations, A Way of Life, puts many misconceptions
story I am about to tell is terrible. For the sake of the young who I'd
like to deter from going to prison, I promised myself I'd write all the
truth in this book, the good experiences and the bad.
book is a recollection of all my prison years. Included are memories of
love, loyalty, friendship, intrigue, betrayal, treachery, violence, laughter
and tears, not necessarily in that order. This story is of a journey that
takes place over a period of more than thirty years &"
& Jackson £15.99
you all for your overwhelming messages of support to the website...they
have helped Roberta these last few days just as much as they have helped
Reg in his later months.......
funeral will take place on Wednesday 11th of October 2000.
funeral procession will leave from W. English's of Bethnal Green Road
at approx 11.15 and will pass through areas of the East End that once
used to be Reg's stamping ground before making it's way to St Matthews
Church for about 12 am.
Matthews Church is only about 500 yards from the undertakers but the actual
route to the church will pass down Vallance road where the family used
to live...and the famous Repton boxing club where they used to box.
the service the procession will proceed to Chingford Mount cemetery, Chingford.......at
about 2.pm....but if you are going to the cemetery I would be there earlier.
have been asked if any special arrangements have been made for the KSC
supporters club but because of the enormity of events this hasn't been
possible but I am sure that Reg would want you there showing as ever your
(and cards) for Reg can be sent to:
Bethnal Green Road.E2.
nearest tube station to St Matthews Church is Bethnal Green on the Central
anyone that has ordered merchandise and not received it please be patient
as all orders will be honoured......
again thanks for your tremendous support
Kray has died in his sleep after losing his battle to beat inoperable
brief spell of freedom was spent with his wife Roberta in a hotel in Norwich
close to the hospital that diagnosed his illness. He was 66 years old.
heart goes out to Roberta and and to his friends and family who fought
so hard for his release....Rest in Peace Reg 1/10/2000
MESSAGE FROM REG
would like to sincerely thank everyone for the thousands of cards and
letters sent to him over recent weeks. They are a continued source of
strength and determination on Reg's part. He never ceases to be amazed
at the wealth and diversity of support he receives from all over the world.
Reg's condition remains serious, with no real likelihood of improvement,
he is determined, as always, to make the best of what he has. He is enjoying
spending some real quality time with his wife Roberta in the tranquil
surroundings of the Town House hotel on The Norfolk Broads.
wishes to you all,
Ferguson - Kray Kampaign.
record is a limited edition CD andis available now.
is a project we have been working on for about a year, and one which Reg
is particularly keen to see completed. It has been an ambition of Reg's
for many years to see some of his lyrics and recitals released on a CD.
project is being co-ordinated by Rob Ferguson with input from both Reg
Bone is a well known Musician and Producer who has previously worked with
the likes of, The Pet Shop Boys, Simply Red, Take That, Tom Jones, Sting,
Kylie Minogue & Westlife.
opportunity to acquire this unique CD must not be missed....
out the memorabilia page.
message below to Norfolk and Norwich Hospital no longer applies and is
kept here only as part of thekrays.co.uk archive!
INFO FROM NORFOLK AND NORWICH HOSPITAL
anyone who wishes to send any messages to Reggie please write to him
the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital
the number of calls being received by the Hospital Switchboard is causing
a great strain on the switchboard staff and may also prevent urgent calls
Thank you very much for your help.
Atkinson Norfolk and Norwich Hospital
TO BE RELEASED
Straw has at last agreed to the early release of Reg from his prison sentence.
This release has been granted because of Reg's current health problems.
He has cancer that will not respond to chemotherapy and is inoperable.
this is what we have been fighting for, for so long, the circumstances
under which it has been given is tinged with sadness.
keep checking the web site for the latest on Reg
have received the results of Reg's tests and we are sad to report that
cancer has been confirmed.
The obstruction removed from the small intestine is a secondary growth
and we are awaiting further scans to determine the cause.
Reg's solicitor Trevor Linn will be applying for compassionate parole,
on his behalf, to the Home Secretary.
Reg has now served 32 years in prison.
In the light of this and of the severity of his illness, we are hoping
he will be granted his long awaited freedom.
Reg and I would like to thank the many people who have expressed their
support ans sent their good wishes and also the staff of the Norfolk and
Norwich hospital for their excellent care and all their consideration.
to try and reassure you all about Reg....
has undergone an operation to remove a blockage in his intestine...part
of it has been removed and initial investigations indicate that it is
not a tumour...He is now recovering in hospital in Norfolk....It is hoped
now, considering his health that the Parole Board will look favourably
at Reg's case....Roberta has made a public statement which has been broadcast
by many television stations....keep an eye out for her......And wish Reg
a speedy recovery and an even speedier release from his continued imprisonment
TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOR TESTS
to ill health, Reg has been transferred to Norwich prison hospital for
observation and further tests. (thursday/28/7/00) We will keep you informed
of his progress
anyone know the whereabouts of Christine Boyce who knew Reg in the 60s?
We would like to contact her. Please e-mail if you have any information.
message for Mike Tyson from Reg
friend, Mike Tyson, accept my condolences at the loss of your friend.
And thanks once again for remembering me on tv, after your fight in Scotland.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
God bless, your friend....Reg Kray
to Belmarsh Prison and Bethnal Green Police Station
would like to thank the staff and in-mates of Belmarsh prison for their
kindness and hospitality when I stopped over on the day of Charlie's funeral
and also a big thank you to Bethnal Green police station for their hospitality
for my two visits in one day...Reg Kray
Day for a Funeral
there was ever a great day for a funeral, the day they buried Charlie
Kray was it.
The morning started off wet and windy but by the time we had gathered
outside W English the undertakers, the sun had broken through to reveal
the most glorious of days.
Hundreds of people packed the pavements and rooftops surrounding the funeral
parlour to say their last goodbyes to Charlie Kray but also to get a glimpse
of his brother Reg who has spent the last 32 years of his life in prison.
funeral cars were overflowing with flowers, one, a broken heart from Charlie's
girlfriend, Diane Buffini which read "To my darling Charlie, with my eyes
wide open, am I dreaming, can it be time?" A boxing ring of flowers from
his brother read "Dear Charlie, rest in peace, Love Reg and Rob" and 3ft
high boxing gloves were sent from his friends on C Wing in Parkhurst Prison.
On one side of the hearse that would carry Charlie's body were the words
"GENTLEMAN" and on the other side "CHARLIE" spelled out with white carnations.
arrived just after 11 o'clock to applause and cheers from the crowds.
66 year old Reg looked remarkably fit for a man that has been behind bars
for so long. He looked very smart in his double-breasted suit despite
the heavy-duty handcuffs that manacled him to his female guard and restricted
traffic was halted as the hearse containing Charlie's body moved slowly
down Bethnal Green Road towards St Matthews Church, followed by Reg in
his prisoner transporter and 15 black cars.
However this short trip of a few hundred yards was not without drama.
The procession was held up for about 10 minutes because of a gas leak
which left many of the shops without power for the rest of the day.
friends turned up to pay their last respects including former gang associates
Tony Lambrianou, Freddie Foreman and Eric Mason as well as old adversaries
Frankie Fraser and Charlie Richardson, putting their past quarrels firmly
In fact Frankie Fraser believes that Reg is a victim of his own notoriety
and speaks out for his release at every opportunity.
Courtney was also there keeping a low profile as only he can do, with
his white 'Bad Boy 1' Rolls Royce and motorbike outriders.
was standing room only in the church with many hundreds more outside.
The Reverend John Scott held the service, with an address from Father
Ken Rimini who Charlie had introduced to boxing when he was a boy.
Needless to say their lives took very different paths but he remembers
Charlie as "a caring gentle man."
There were readings by Jamie Foreman and Sue McGibbon and also a recording
by Reg called 'I am not there'. It was recorded for his own funeral but
dedicated it to Charlie on this sad day.
daughter Vicky and me shared a black car with Frankie Fraser and his girlfriend
Marilyn Wisbey on the long, slow journey to the cemetery.
the procession passed through Walthamstow on its way to Chingford Mount
the crowds began to swell. Police Motorcycles guided the funeral cars
through the mid-day traffic as a hovering helicopter kept a watchful eye
on the proceeding cavalcade.
Bystanders were shouting out "God bless Charlie" and "Good luck Reg".
One little boy on seeing the cortege said, " It must be somebody to do
with the police."
we approached Chingford Mount the Reverend John Scott walked 'the long
walk' from the bottom of the hill to the cemetery where thousands of people
had now gathered to get their last look at Charlie, "a true gentleman."
laid flowers at his mother's and first wife's graves before Charlie's
body was lowered into its last resting-place.
Diane, Reg, Roberta and the rest of the family each threw a single rose
into the space that now held Charlie's coffin.
looked very composed and dignified but you could see the sadness in his
eyes. This sadness soon turning to joy as old friends clambered to shake
his hand before being taken back into 'captivity'.
limousine that took us on that slow journey to Chingford seemed to transport
us instantly back to whence we came.
The streets around W English were now back to relative normality, everyone
going about their daily business with no real indication of what had taken
leaving Frank and Marilyn, Vicky and me stopped off at McDonalds for a
cup of tea and a burger. The gas leak that had briefly halted the funeral
procession was now more evident. The burger bar was running on generators
and they were certainly not" cooking on gas."
They eventually managed to rustle up some burgers and while I flicked
through the Evening Standard that had already reported on the early part
of the funeral, I had time to reflect on the day's events.
And the one thing that struck me was that it had always been said the
Krays prospered through fear and intimidation but this was not about fear,
the people that lined the streets from Bethnal Green to Chingford Mount
were there because of respect
respect for old values that now seem
to be a thing of the past.
pass on my respects to the Kray family for their sad loss but also hope
that now is the time for the authorities to show some compassion and release
Reg before he too suffers the fate of his two brothers, Ronnie and Charlie.
for Charlie can be sent to:
Bethnal Green Road.E2.
you would prefer to send a donation to St. Christopher's Hospice then
please make a cheque out to
St.Christopher's Hospice and send it to:
Bethnal Green Road.E2.
nearest tube station to St Matthews Church is Bethnal Green on the Central
funeral of Charlie Kray will take place on wednesday 19th of April. Charlie's
body will be taken form the undertakers, English and Sons in Bethnal Green
road to St Matthews church where a service will be held at 12am.
burial will take place at Chingford cemetery, Chingford between 2 and
is now back in Wayland prison so any messages of support for him or Charlie's
family can be sent to:
a recent newspaper report (6/4/2000) it was implied that Dave Courtney
would be handling the security arrangements for Charlie Kray's funeral.
Kray wishes to refute this statement and also to add that Courtney, who
he has not seen for 15 months, will not be taking part in any way whatsover
with the funeral arrangements.
aspects of Charlie's funeral, including security, will be handled by Reg
REG SAID ABOUT CHARLIE'S DEATH
put up a brave fight as I knew he would and I am pleased that at the
end he went peacefully".
would like to thank the staff of St Mary's hospital for their marvellous
care and also the staff and inmates of Parkhurst prison for their compassion
I would like to thank you all for your messages of sympathy and support.
God Bless"..Reg Kray
Death of Charlie Kray
is with great regret that we have to report the death of Charlie Kray.
He died at about nine pm on 4th of April 2000 after comnplications due
to heart trouble.
was serving a 12 year prison sentence in Parkhurst Prison on the Isle
of Wight when he became ill. He was transferred to hospital where he spent
the last 2 weeks before he passed away.
was transferred from Wayland Prison to Parkhurst so that he could be with
his brother at this sad time.
for Charlie have been flooding in from all over the world.
you would like to sign our book of condolence please click the link below
wishes from Barbara Windsor
Windsor, better known as Peggy Mitchell in Eastenders has passed on her
concern for Charlie's health and wishes him a speedy recovery. Although
Charlie is very poorly this message from his old friend has cheered him
first met Barbara many years ago when she was playing in the 60's muscical
'Fings Aint wot they used to be'...
pays Charlie a visit
has been moved to Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight for a week so that he
can visit his brother Charlie who is in hosptal receiving treatment for
poor circulation. Seventy three year old Charlie has been in poor health
for some time now and because of this the authorities agreed to let Reg
He will be allowed to visit him daily and will then be returned to Wayland
to await his parole hearing.
Let's hope that the pictures of Reg in some of today's sunday papers (19/3/2000)
will quash any rumours that he himself is at death's door, as suggested
by some sources recently.
wish Charlie a speedy recovery and hope that he will not suffer the fate
of his younger brother Ron.
luck to you Reg on your parole hearing and we are all keeping our fingers
crosssed that this brief taste of freedom is the beginning of something
of Reg's supporters from all over the world gathered at a little bar in
Twickenham, London on saturday to have a drink and a laugh and to remember
old times but also to raise money for the many charities supported by
There was a buffet, music and even a drink on the house!
As well as the usual raffle, Frankie Fraser held an auction of books and
pictures by Reg which raised a lot of money.
When the bar closed at 12 0'clock everyone moved on to a local nightclub.
a great time was had by all, these events are always a reminder of Reg's
continued imprisonment. Let's hope the next one will be a celebration!!!
Kray - Thirty Years And Rising
Hernu of FRONT magazine recently wrote a preview article in the Guardian
about the recent documentary 'Reggie Kray - Thirty Years And Rising'.
Piers, starred with Dave Courtney in another documentary called 'Between
the covers' which took us on their 'Boys Own' escapade to secretly photograph
and record Reg Kray in Wayland prison.
The article was written in an effort to try and repair some of the damage
done by this documentary.
asked Piers if he thought that the documentary was a mistake..This is
what he had to say,,,,,
didn't feel the whole episode was a great mistake. It was a bit of harmless
fun for the cameras in order to give them a magazine related reason for
them to follow me and Dave on our visit to Reggie. Dave and I both feel
that in retrospect it was a thoughtless thing to do and we both regret
any inconvenience caused to Reg who was nothing but the perfect gentleman
to us on our visit.
is the Guardian article:
Kray - Thirty Years And Rising .....By Piers Hernu
month is an important one for Reggie Kray. On March 5th back in 1969,
Judge Melford Stevenson sentenced both him and his brother Ronnie to serve
"a minimum of thirty years" for murder. Twenty six years later in 1995
Ronnie Kray died in Broadmoor mental hospital. Today, nearly 31 years
later Reggie is still serving time in Waylands prison in Norfolk, a frightening
high security red brick fortress &endash; I know it's frightening because
I've done time there. It was actually only an about an hour but that was
long enough. Since Reggie contributes a regular monthly column to frOnt
magazine, I felt it only reasonable to pay him a visit last year. I found
him to be polite, sane, opinionated and a voracious consumer of choc ices
from the prison shop. Including remand, Reggie has now been eating prison
food for nearly 32 years - next month the parole board meet to decide
Mike Tyson was interviewed in the ring by Sky Sports following his recent
pummeling of Julius Francis, his first words were "I'd like to thank Reginald
Kray". The precise reason for Tyson's gratitude remains unclear but what
is cut glass crystal in its clarity is that, for the government, the problem
of Reggie Kray and what to do with him is one that simply refuses to go
away. At this very moment for instance, one of the most popular bands
in Britain, the aptly named Fun Loving Criminals, are slaving away over
a hot mixing desk producing songs penned by Reggie Kray - tracks which
when released, will only add to public awareness and the clamour for justice
in the form of Reggie Kray's release.
what part does television play in the debate? Tonight at ....on Channel
Four we have Reggie Kray - 30 years and Rising - an hour long documentary
which in it's fair and balanced assessment of the Krays stands in stark
contrast to the two hour long documentaries namely The Krays - Unfinished
Business made by Carlton and screened by ITV in the middle of January.
In these, by means of a heady cocktail of dramatisation, speculation,
eerie access to police, prison officers and even the convenient availability
of secret files, Carlton contrived to paint a pantomime picture of the
Krays so simplistically one sided as to be laughable were it not somewhat
sinister. Now it would take a hardened cynic indeed, with no faith in
the British justice system whatsoever to suggest that the makers of that
documentary had a hidden agenda in portraying the Krays as such evil,
psychopaths so near to Reggie's parole hearing. After all who, except
the Home Office would want to turn public opinion against him at such
a time and have the means, the wherewithal and moreover the motive to
do so? Cuethe tumbleweed.
tonight's documentary however we see, if not the other side of thestory,
then at least a genuine attempt at uncovering the truth about the Krays
- thereby (and some would say unwisely) allowing viewers to make their
own minds up about whether Reggie should continue to remain in prison.
Thus on the one hand, we see Roberta Kray, Reggie's wife of nearly four
years, poignantly leafing through the wedding photographs that she has
been forbidden by the authorities to show to anyone else or even copy.
It is, she points out, just a small example of how the British justice
system treats her husband differently to any other prisoner simply by
dint of who he is. On
the other hand we see a former Kray victim telling us how he was burnt
and tortured by Ronnie and leaving us in no doubt that is more than happyfor
Reggie to remain in prison.
neatly sums up the pro Reggie side of tonight's documentary - namely that
Reggie unlike his brother, was/is not psychotically deranged and continues
to carry the can for his brother's actions, for who he was and the celebrity
he has since become. Emphasising this point, John Pearson, biographer
to the Krays, reads a grisly passage from his book detailing how Reggie's
came to murder of Jack "The Hat" Mcvitie as a result of a situation instigated
by Ronnie which snowballed out of control. Confirming this version is
first hand testimony from The Lambrianou brothers who were both handed
fifteen year sentences for the murder. Tony, a friend of mine, tells of
the shock of what happened and how he drove the body away in the back
seat of his car whilst his brother Chris, punctuates the programme with
eloquent, frequently moving accounts of the night in question, prison
life and how it can change a man. Musing about how times have changed
since Reggie was first put inside he looks to Mcdonalds for inspiration:
"A Big Mac was a coat you wore and a chip was something you put in your
mouth". Perhaps the most relevant and objective opinion expressed in the
show comes from the obligatory egghead in the form of consultant psychiatrist
Doctor Trevor Turner who, having professionally assessed Reggie, confirms
that he is a long way from mad and is in fact simply an old man in his
late sixties who is becoming hard of hearing. The last word though should
go to Reggie's wife Roberta who I phoned last night for a quote and who
seems saner than the lot of us: "Justice should mean that everyone is
equal in the eyes of the law - it is wrong to have one rule for the majority
of people and another one for Reggie Kray."
should Reggie, having spent nearly thirty two years inside for murder,
be released from prison? The decision is yours - except that it's not.
message was sent to the Home Office recently by Maria Henry. This is what
she had to say:
To whom it may concern, I've known Reg for over 8yrs now and only ask why
would a man like Reg Kray bother to keep in touch with a 14yr old boy
with an incurable illness which will one day kill him.
another message from her went on to say:
Following my last Email, would he take time to do the things he's done
for my 14yr old son if he's the Evil Man they say he is or is it just
for Publicity for his own mean's. I do not believe this is so, he's done
more for my son than anybody else I know and Reg still remains in Prison
with no hope, no future. My question is Why?
we all know the Home Office don't really give a damn about what is written
to them so they would never bother to enquire about this but I give a
damn so I asked Maria (I hope she doesn't mind) and she said:
known Reg for about 8 yrs met him through my brother. My son has Duchenne's
Muscular Dystrophy a muscle wasting disease, Reg has raised money in the
past for electric wheelchair ,sent him to Florida for holiday before he
stopped walking. Reg has always kept in touch and never missed Paul's
birthday and once again Reg is trying to help me raise more money for
another wheelchair which Paul is outgrowing and needs another. Reg has
always no matter what tried to help myself and Paul in everyway. Reg treats
Paul like a grandson and has done more for Paul than anybody else I know
and I'll always be grateful to Reg for this. Thank's for your Email and
please keep in touch .Maria
Maria, I wish you all the luck in the world!
MESSAGE FOR EARNIE SHAVERS
to our friend Earnie Shavers for being awarded the aclaim of the hardest
hitter of the century.
Earnie received this award on 10th of February 2000 in the USA
friends, Reg and Rob Kray
Shavers fought Muhammed Ali for the Heavyweight Championship of the World
but lost after a grueling 15 rounds .
Ali was to say later.. "He hit me so hard he
shook up my kinfolk back
FREE KRAY FIGHT
Sunday 6th of February The People newspaper reported "A SHOCK TV documentary
is to call for the release of notorious East End gangster Reggie Kray.
The C4 Cutting Edge special on Thursday, February 17, called Reggie Kray
questions why the mobster is still in jail despite serving 30 years for
killing Jack "the hat" McVitie. It also goes on to say "A C4 source source
said "Why is he being treated differently than virtually every other criminal.
He is also bewildered that IRA killers, who murdered innocent children
, have walked free"
us hope that this documentary paves the way for Reg's freedom
MESSAGE FOR MIKE TYSON
would like to thank you sincerely for the magnitude of your gesture in
thanking me via Sky TV after your fight in Manchester. You must have had
so much on your mind at that moment in time yet you still remembered me.
I consider your gesture the highest accolade of respect I have received.
At a time when I was at a low ebb you restored my faith in humanity. We
in England know you as a sincere, caring person. A personal letter will
follow this public message. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
response from Reg Kray....25/1/2000
The BBC 2 documentary 'Trouble between the covers' revealed Dave Courtney
and Piers Hernu (of FRONT magazine) planning to illicitly record an interview
with me, and take photographs with a hidden camera, inside Wayland prison.
had absolutely no knowledge of these plans.
visit took place a year ago and I have had no indication until now of
what actually occurred that day.
At no time was I informed either before or after the event. Under no circumstances
would I have agreed to it.
idiocy has caused me considerable problems at Wayland prison. All my normal
visitors, who have nothing to hide, will be under intense and discomforting
scrutiny from now on.
can only reach the conclusion that this documentary was made purely out
of self interest and with total disregard for the consequences.......Reg
Reg Kray ....24/1/200
In response to the recent Carlton documentary made in colusion with Fred
Foreman, I would like to mention that despite being entitled 'The Krays'
I was never consulted at any stage about this this programme.
I would also like to state that Ron, Charlie and I were acquitted of the
Mitchell murder in 1969
News of the World article written by Ian Edmondson and published on 16th
of January claimed that Reg is suffering from stomach cancer.
IS NOT TRUE!
have been a number of similarly false reports by this newspaper over recent
Irresponsible and inaccurate reports such as these are very distressing
not only to Reg but also to his family, friends and supporters.
Reg would like to give his reassurance that he is not seriously ill and
to thank everyone for their concern.
Tyson and Reg Kray
Tyson says (10/1/2000) "They treat me like a dog in America but I have
friends like Reggie Kray in England."
Tyson, ready to fly to England for his fight with Julius Francis has spoken
out about his treatment by the American people..."In America even a lot
of the black people treat me like a dog. But when I was in prison I got
50 letters a day from England.
He goes on to say..."The difference is that the British people understand
me. There is a different mentality in England. They know where I'm coming
from. They know its no fun being one of the black minority.
Reggie Kray knew what I was going through...He came from the people, and
even though he was a killer the people still loved him and his brothers.
The Kray family funerals proved that. The people of East London came out
on the streets to show their respect...I like that, we are where we come
extract was taken from the Daily Mail (10/1/2000)
message to Ronnie Biggs from Reg Kray
Biggs, one of the Great Train robbers has suffered another stroke that
has left him paralysed and needing constant attention...The latest pictures
of him show that he is a shadow of his former self and cannot talk coherently
or even manage to feed himself...
Reg Kray wishes to pass on his respects to Ronnie and his family and says..."Dear
Ron, I wish you all the best and a very speedy recovery from your recent
illness, regards to you and your family".
is a picture of Ron that was taken some time last year. This is the lovable
rogue that we all know, the man who beat the system. Get well soon Ron.
Reg completes his 31st Christmas in prison, December
1999 he has this message for you all:
would like to thank everyone that has supported me on the web site and
as they play out
AULD LANG SYNE, I will be thinking of you all....God Bless....
release for Reg
It has been reported in many newspapers today, December 23rd 1999 that the
Ulster Secretary Peter Mandelson is to release 139 killers and bombers in
Northern Ireland as part of the peace process. Only 5 will remain in the
notorious Maize prison. Those 5 are members of the LVF who have refused
to sign the Good Friday peace agreement.
who have been convicted of the most terrible crimes are being allowed
out after serving only a few years of their sentences...Most of these
139 were 'qualified'
Christmas release. The following were
christmas release but Mandelson said they were being released as a goodwill
gesture. "It is in recognition of the remarkable political progress made
in recent weeks and as a confidence-building gesture by the British Government."
25 years for the Canary Wharf bombing only
9 people in the Shankill Road bombing (1993)
3 at an IRA funeral (1998)
is also reported that the prison which held them is to be closed down
by the end of next year.
So there are no real continguency plans if the worst happens.
I cannot understand is the leniency shown towards these terrorists while
in prison. He has served his recommended 30 year sentence and more, no
Christmas release for him....No goodwill gesture for him.
chances of Reg re-offending again are nil. The chances of some of the
terrorists (released over the past couple of years) returning to their
old ways are great. It will only take a minor disagreement for them to
revert back to their old ways and the British Government are supplying
them with the manpower....
Kray should be released immediately and if the Government or the Parole
Board have any real compassion then this will happen!.....But I wouldn't
hold my breath.
Winter Classic Bodybuilding Show...December
event sponsored by Reg Kray will take place at The
Academy Theatre. Union Street, Plymouth.
are £12 each.
For ticket sales and Entries contact Pete Tansey 01752
0r Mark Ford 0589631422
out the Flyer!
a drink for Reg. 31 years in prison
may have read an article in the News of the World (7/11/99) about Reggie
launching his own brand of wine to help in the campaign for his release.....The
article may have been humorous to some people but as ever tries to mislead
the public as to the facts.
bottle and its labelling as depicted in the newspaper were purely to get
a cheap laugh at Reg's expense.
truth , however, is that Reg has released his own brand of wine ..
a sparkling continental perry, has been produced to help highlight Reg's
continued incarceration. Each bottle comes with a photograph of Reg on
the label and the words Still
behind bars this Millenium.
We are hoping that everyone who supports the campaign will raise a glass
to him this Christmas and at the Millenium celebrations.
available direct to pubs, clubs and restaurants..
(12 x 75cl bottles). Free delivery in London and Essex.
is also a mail order facility for individual cases. Please ring 01279
438 007 (between
10am-4pm, or leave a message anytime) for
stock! This offer is for UK only.
out the Flyer!
LOVIN' CRIMINALS have
teamed up with Reggie Kray to produce an album of his song lyrics. Huey
said after meeting Reg in prison "Reggie is a man without a voice, and
I'm going to give him the voice that he needs."
"Although all of the band and some guests, will be involved,it is not
thought at the moment that the release will be under the banner of Fun
For the complete article see Melody
issue september 18 1999.
Kray has been moved
(20/8/99) to Parkhurst prison on the Isle of Wight after asking for a move
how to join "The
Reg Kray Supporters club"
Reg Kray Supporters club
P.O. Box 56
has been pointed
out to us that certain companies in Australia have been exploiting the Kray
We would like to make it clear that no company in Australia or any other
country have been given permission by the Krays to use the Kray name for
any of their products or business activities.
Anyone doing so is doing it without their consent.
has now been returned to Frankland prison where he is recovering from his
recent illness. He and his family thank you for your messages of support.
wishes to him and his family from all his supporters.
taken to hospital with suspected heart attack!
It has been reported in some newspapers today (28/7/99) that Charlie Kray
is fighting for his life after suffering a suspected heart attack.
He has not had a heart attack or a stroke but is suffering from a
very bad chest infection.
he is very poorly his condition is said to be stable.
Charlie was taken from top security prison Frankland in Durham to Dryburn
Hospital where he is recovering.
Charlie, now 73 was sentenced in 1997 to 12 years for his part in a drugs
plot. A sting that was concocted by the police to secure his arrest!
We wish him a speedy recovery!
I will give you more news when I have it.
of Reg Kray from his prison cell at Wayland Prison
We have just added an audio track to the 'Message for the Authorities '
When a message is sent you can listen to a personal message from Reg
Kray to all of his suppoters.
was recently recorded at Wayland Prison, Norfolk where Reg is still imprisoned
after 31 years. Click here to
go straight to 'Message for the Authorities ' or 'Back
to the home page
In The Sunday Mirror dated 18/7/1999 and the News Of The World dated
11/7/1999 We were told that Reg was going to be released in the not too
distant future. However I am sorry to say that it isn't true.
Below is an official press release from Reg's lawyer
RESPONSE TO RECENT INACCURATE PRESS REPORTS
It has been reported in more than one newspaper that Reg Kray will shortly
be moved to another prison and may be released in February or March of
next year. This is not the case.
In a letter to Reg's solicitor, dated 7th July 1999, the prison Service
stated, "As of this time....there is no plan to move him."
Reg's next parole review will commence March 2000 when the Board will
sit to consider his eligibility for transfer to an open prison.
of Press release
on 16th of July America landed the first men on the moon. Since then the
world and its technologies have changed beyond belief.
this time Reg had been in prison just over a year and remains there to
this day. This also is beyond belief.
up Jack Straw!