Kray 'Firm' consisted of the Colonel Ronnie Kray, his twin brother Reg
Kray, Ronnie Hart their cousin, Albert Donoghue, Ian Barrie, Pat Connolly,
Big Tommy Brown, known as the Bear, Billy Donovan, Connie Whitehead, Sammy
Lederman, Dave simmonds, Nobby Clark, Scotch Jack Dickson, John Barry,
Tony and Chris Lambrianou and Ronnie Bender.
Kray didn't play a big part in the Firm and was often left out of many
of the Twins enterprises, he was however, a partner in the Double R club
and ran others.
Payne and Tommy Cowley were the brains of the outfit, often giving credibility
and respectability to many of their dubious deals.
gang members were recruited after acts of violence had been inflicted
upon them by the Twins. For example Albert Donoghue had been shot in the
leg by Reg for uttering a threat against them, weeks later he was welcomed
into the Firm and put on a pension. He became one of their most trusted
Firm worked on an information basis. The Twins would always help small
time crooks who had just been released from prison or when they were down
on their luck in return for favours in the future. They were to be the
eyes and ears of the Kray Firm. Nothing happened in London without the
Twins knowing or without them getting their piece of the action.
Firm also worked on a sort of franchise system where certain members of
the gang, such as Tony and Chris Lambrianou, who would use the Kray name
and reputation to conduct their business activities. The Lambrianou brothers
operated all over the country content in the knowledge that they had the
backing and the muscle of the Firm. The Twins weren't interested in what
they were doing so long as they received their percentage.
Short summed up the Firm beautifully when he said in his book 'The Kray's
Lieutenant', "With the benefit of hindsight, it seems astonishing that
the Firm lasted as long as it did. It was brilliantly organised in an
instinctive way, but hopelessly disarrayed when it came to expansion".
was felt by many that if the Twins had taken more of a back seat when
it came to settling disputes, and recruited more able business partners
then the history of gangland Britain would probably have to be rewritten.
The Twins eventual downfall came about with the help of many of the "loyal
and trusted" members of their the Firm.