Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 20 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|In March 1969, the Krays were sentenced to a minimum recommendation of thirty years each. Which police chief had been instrumental in their downfall?||The Kray Twins
Leonard Reed. Leonard 'Nipper' Read finally got his long awaited result, thus changing the face of British criminality for all time.
|On May 8th 1968, the Krays were arrested by the police early that morning at their parents apartment. What was the name of the apartment block? ||The Kray Twins
Braithwate House. The mother and father of the Kray twins, Violet and Charlie Snr, had been moved out of Vallance road three months previously due to the house being demolished under the slum clearance programme of the time.
|In 1961 the Krays moved into London's affluent society by buying the club 'Esmerelda's Barn' in Knightsbridge. To protect the image of the club they had a peer of the realm on the board. What was his name? ||The Kray Twins
Lord Effingham. 'Esmerelda's Barn' was finished within two years. East end gangsterism mixed poorly with high society and the nobility soon moved on. The financial side of the club had been poorly run due to Ronnie Kray's influence. Club members were allowed to run up huge debts in the casino which they never had a hope of paying back.
|Reggie Kray had met a girl who would eventually end up as his wife. What was her name?||The Kray Twins
Frances Shea. Frances was never cut out for the 'gangster wife' role and tried suicide on several occasions eventually succeeding by taking an overdose of pills in June 1967.
|Ronnie Kray was diagnosed as insane in 1958. To which mental hospital was he sent to?||The Kray Twins
Long Grove. Ronnie didn't stay for long as he and his brother hatched an elaborate escape plan. Reggie visited his brother and wore identical clothes (they were identical twins too) and when a member of staff went to fetch some tea they simply swapped places and Ronnie walked out as 'Reggie.'
|On leaving the army the Krays bought a snooker hall in East London. What was the name of the hall?||The Kray Twins
The Regal. The hall was bought for the princely sum of five pounds.
|In 1952 the Krays were drafted to serve in which army regiment?||The Kray Twins
Royal Fusiliers. The Royal Fusiliers were based at the Tower of London, just a short bus ride away from Bethnal Green. The Krays army career was shortlived and after serving time in a military prison, both were dishonourably discharged.
24th October 1933. They were born in Stene street, Hoxton, London. Later the family moved to their permanent residence at 178 Vallance Road, Bethnal Green about two miles (three km's) away.
October 1, 2000. On August 16, 2000, Reggie was released from prison on compassionate grounds; he was dying of bladder cancer. On October 1, 2000, with his wife at his bedside, Reggie passed away.
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|On July 14, 1997, Reggie married while in prison. What was the name of his wife?||The Kray Twins
Roberta Jones. On July 14, 1997, Reggie married 38 year-old Roberta Jones. The two got to know each other when Reggie asked a friend to help with the publicity for a video about his brother, Ronnie. The friend asked Roberta to visit him in prison, the began writing to each other and calling each other, with Roberta visiting once a month. Their friendship grew and they were married.
17th March 1995. At the age of 61, Ronnie Kray died of a heart attack in Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, Berkshire. His death was due to his addiction to tobacco; he smoked 100 cigarettes a day. He was buried at Chingford Cemetery near the bodies of his father, mother, and sister.
|Ronnie married for a second time on November 9, 1989. What was the name of his wife?||The Kray Twins
Kate Howard. In 1985, Ronnie married a woman name Elaine Mildener while he was incarcerated in Broadmoor. In 1989, their marriage ended. Two months later, on November 9, Ronnie married for a second time while incarcerated. The "lucky" lady was Kate Howard, a divorcee from Kent. Kate first wrote to Reggie Kray after reading the twins' story in a magazine. After writing for about 4 months, Reggie asked her to visit him in prison. This was the start of a friendship, she visited and wrote as often as possible. All during that time Reggie urged Kate to write to Ronnie in Broadmoor. Kate wrote to Ronnie and then began to visit him in Broadmoor. Their friendship grew, and after several marriage proposals Kate finally said yes.
|What was the name of the pub where the murder of George Cornell took place?||The Kray Twins
The Blind Beggar. On March 9, 1966, Ronnie shot and killed George Cornell at the Blind Beggar. Cornell was killed to avenge the death of one of their gang members, Richard Hart.
April 19, 1965. The marriage was not a happy one, and the couple were separated after eight months. It was not a violent parting; they agreed to separate for a while to sort things out. Frances went back to live with her parents.
Frances suffered from depression and she became increasingly dependent on barbiturates and died of an overdose on June 7, 1967.
|When Ronnie was 15 years old he appeared in a film. What was the name of the film?||The Kray Twins
The Magic Box. One night when Ronnie was the Repton Boxing Club, a film director came in looking for extras for a film he was making at Ealing Studios. The film was called the Magic Box, and it starred Robert Donat. Ronnie was only on the screen for a few seconds.
|What was the name of the first boxing club that Reggie and Ronnie joined?||The Kray Twins
Robert Browning Youth Club. The twins' father brought them for boxing lessons three times a week at the Robert Browning Youth Club. Charlie Simms, a boxer, saw them training, recognized they had some talent and became their trainer. By the time they were 15 years old, Ronnie won the Hackney schoolboys' London Junior Championship and a London ATC title. Reggie won the London Schoolboys' Championship, and was also a Great Britain Schoolboys' Championship finalist, a London ATC Champion, and a South East Divisional Youth Club Champion.
t. The twins had a sister named Violet, after their mother, but she died when she was an infant. They also had an older brother, Charles Kray, Jr.
October 24, 1933. On Tuesday, October 24, 1933, Reggie, the eldest, was born at 8:00 AM, and his identical twin brother, Ronnie, was born at 8:10 AM.