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 The Krays

The Kray Brothers

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 Ronald "Ronnie" Kray (24 October 1933 – 17 March 1995)
and Reginald "Reggie" Kray (24 October 1933 – 1 October 2000),
Twin brothers, were British criminals, the foremost perpetrators of organised crime in the East End of London from the late 1950s to 1967.
Died: Ronnie: 17 March 1995 (aged 61)
Spouse(s) Reggie: Frances Shea Born: 24 October 1933; Haggerston, London

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Occupation: Gangsters,
nightclub owners

Krays Night Club

Did the Krays rule London?
The infamous Kray twins, Reggie, and Ronnie are known all over the world as being two of the most feared and ruthless gangsters in London during the 1950s and 1960s.
They established a criminal empire that enabled them to rub shoulders with the rich and famous with no need to worry about interference from the police.

Were the Krays good or bad? 

They were once called the evillest men in Britain and were by a distance the most infamous gangsters the East End has ever produced. Murderers, torturers, hardened criminals… but, to their mother, Violet, twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray were her “lovely boys”.
It was a sentiment shared by the identical twins themselves. “The Krays were an old-fashioned family from the East End: self-sufficient, very family-oriented and devoted to one another.
It is understood but not confirmed in this report their ancestors came to Great Britain from Austria, and the twins had Irish, Jewish,
and Roma (Gypsy) blood in their veins.

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" Did Tom Hardy play both Krays?

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“Legend,” the new film from Brian Helgeland (opening Friday, Nov. 20), depicts the life of the identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, notorious in the London crime scene of the 1960s.
Rather than casting similar-looking actors or real-life twins, the film has Tom Hardy playing both brothers.

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What was wrong with Ronnie Kray?
Found legally insane due to his paranoid schizophrenia, Ronnie was placed in the Broadmoor Hospital.
He remained there until he died of a heart attack on 17 March 1995 at the age of 61 at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, Berkshire
and his funeral were held at St Matthew's Church, Bethnal Green on 29th March 1995.

How many did the Krays kill?
THE MURDERS Their downfall began with murder - three murders to be precise.
The first victim was George Cornell, a member of rival gang The Richardson’s.

Did the Krays have children?

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                                                                                                                           Due to the situation with Nancy's unsure parentage,
Gary Kray at this point was the only child definitively known to have been born to any of the Kray brothers, as neither Ronnie nor Reggie fathered any children.
Gary with his father, Charlie Kray, and his grandparents Charles Kray and Violet Kray.

Is Frances Kray still alive?
Deceased (1944–1967)
How did Frances Shea Kray die?
Frances Elsie Kray (neé Shea) (23 September 1943 - 7 June 1967) was the first wife to Reggie Kray,
and the pair married on the 19th of April 1965 at St James Church, Bethnal Green.
An inquest concluded that she committed suicide in 1967, aged 23.

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Who snitched on the Krays?
Jack D. McVitie
Born (1932, Battersea, London – 29 October 1967, Stoke Newington, London),
more commonly known as Jack the Hat, was an English criminal from London during the 1950s and 1960s.
He is posthumously known for triggering the imprisonment and downfall of the Kray twins.

What pub did the Krays drink in? 

The Blind Beggar pub 

Located on Whitechapel Road, in the heart of East London, was a notorious hang out spot for gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray.
It was here that Kray enemy George Cornell met a bloody end, with Ronnie shooting him in the head whilst he was sitting at the saloon bar in the back of the pub in 1966.

Who was Ronnie Kray married to?
Kate Kray m. 1989–1994 Ronald Kray/Spouse

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How many times did Reggie Kray stab?
While Ron held McVitie’ s arms behind his back, Reg stabbed him three or four times in the stomach.
As McVitie pleaded for his life, Ron urged on his brother: "Kill him, Reg. Go on, Reg. Do him, Reg."
With bone-crunching force, Reg Kray sank the knife deep into McVitie’ s face.

What clubs did the Krays own? 

Esmeralda's Barn was a nightclub in Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London, that was owned by the Kray twins from 1960 until its closure in 1963.
The Krays used the club as a way of expanding their criminal activities into London's West End.

What was the Krays grandfather's nickname?
Southpaw Cannonball Lee James "Jimmy" Charles Lee (1876-1971)
commonly known as the Southpaw Cannonball Lee was the maternal grandfather to twins Ronnie Kray and Reggie Kray and Charlie Kray.

Who was Reggie Krays right hand man? 

Scotch Ian Barrie John Alexander Barrie more commonly known as Scotch Ian Barrie was an integral member of The Firm, serving as Ronnie Kray's right-hand man.
He was present at the murder of George Cornell at The Blind Beggar, where he fired three shots into the ceiling of the pub.

What happened to the Krays father?
It has been said that he died of a 'broken heart. '
He died just 7 months later  after his wife Violet.
They were devoted to each other, two days before his seventy-sixth birthday.
Charles and Violet had been married for over 50 years when he died on the 8th of March 1983.
They were both buried in the same grave in Chingford Mount Cemetery.

Can you visit the Krays grave?
Visit Krays Corner at Chingford mount cemetery - Chingford Mount Cemetery in North East London.
Once you enter the cemetery you need to head up to the top left-hand corner of the cemetery where they are buried.

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Who owns the Blind Beggar pub?

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The pub is also a popular starting point for the Monopoly Pub Crawl, despite being located on the board's third space.
The pub was frequented by Harry Redknapp and was owned by Bobby Moore at one stage.

What pub did the Kray twins drink in? 

it was a pub you could buy anything illegal and it had a salad bar!

The Carpenters' Arms The Carpenters' Arms is a Victorian public free house at 73 Cheshire Street in Bethnal Green, East London, England.
A few feet from Brick Lane, it is notable as the pub that was bought by the Kray twins, for their mother Violet Kray in 1967.

What are the Krays regal club now?
The Double R Club, Bow Road The twins already owned a snooker hall called The Regal on Eric Street in Bethnal Green which has since been demolished – an old people's home now stands rather more peacefully on the site.

Did Barbara Windsor became friends with the Kray twins
She was in the group through the East End social scene.
For six months she dated Charlie Kray and briefly had a relationship with Reggie Kray.
She based the character she became most known for - Peggy Mitchell - on Violet Kray, the matriarch of the family.
Celebrity status In the 1960s, the Kray brothers were widely seen as prosperous and charming celebrity nightclub owners and were part of the Swinging London scene.
A large part of their fame was due to their non-criminal activities as popular figures on the celebrity circuit, being photographed by David Bailey on more than one occasion and socialising with lords, MPs, socialites and show business characters, including George Raft, Frank Sinatra, Peter Sellers, Judy Garland, Diana Dors, Shirley Bassey, Liza Minnelli, Cliff Richard, Jayne Mansfield, Danny La Rue and Barbara Windsor.

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