Ronnie and Reggie Kray: who are the Kray twins, and what is the ITV drama ‘Krays’ Secret’ about?

ITV’s new three-part docuseries explores the lives of two of the most feared gangsters in UK history

Secret of the Krays is a three-part documentary series that delves into the lives of two of Britain’s most notorious criminals in 1960s London.

Produced exclusively for BritBox, it explores in detail how Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie Kray, have created their criminal empire.

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But who are the Kray twins and when will Krays’ secret be revealed ITV?

Who are the Kray twins?

Ronald “Ronnie” Kray and Reginald “Reggie” Kray are identical twin brothers, born in 1933, in Haggerston, East London.

From the late 1950s until 1967, the twins were the perpetrators of organized crime with their gang, known as the Company, which involved murder, armed robbery, arson, and racquets. defenses and attacks.

In March 1952, the twins were called up to National Service in the British army, but attempted to leave soon after. After being reported to the Royal Fusiliers warehouse, they were stopped, but Ronnie punched the corporal in the jaw. The twins went home and were picked up by the army in the morning.

During their service to the Nation, their behavior was violent and disruptive, and they were frequently absent from absence (AWOL).

On one occasion while AWOL, the couple attacked a policeman trying to arrest them, and were later taken to court.

In 1954, both were honorably discharged and sent to a civilian prison to serve their sentences for the crimes they committed as AWOL.

Both brothers attended amateur boxing in their childhoods, inspired by their maternal grandfather, Jimmy “Cannonball” Lee, but their promising boxing career ended after the two became involved. criminal record and reprehensible discharge from Royal Fusiliers.

In the late 1950s, the Krays were involved in arson, hijacking, and armed robbery through which they sought to capture nightclubs and other properties.

After acquiring the Esmeralda Barn through stopping blackmail threats to host Peter Rachman, the twins began mixing with celebrities and politicians.

Acquaintance with the likes of Diana Dors, Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra led to the Krays becoming celebrities in their own right – as well as the UK’s most notorious gangsters.

In the series, Ronnie is quoted as saying: “In the 60s, The Beatles and the Stones dominated the music world; Carnaby Street rules the fashion world and Reg and I rule London. We cannot touch it. ”

But by the end of 1967, Detective Director Leonard Read had gathered evidence against the Krays, and in May 1968, the twins and 15 other members of their gang were arrested. In March 1969, both twins were sentenced to life in prison.

Ronnie Kray died in March 1995 of a heart attack while in Broadmoor Hospital. Reggie Kray died in October 2000 of bladder cancer, eight and a half weeks after being released on compassionate grounds.

What is ‘Krays’ secret’?

Secrets of the Krays aims to uncover new details about the Kray brothers, by diving into their activities.

Episode one follows the ultimate narrative of their rise, reign, and fall including exclusive interviews with the twins’ friends, former gangsters, and relatives.

Interviewees included David Bailey, a world-renowned photographer, former gangster Chris Lambrianou and Nemone Lethbridge, the twins’ attorney.

With references to a variety of documents, including Reggie’s scrapbook detailing their criminal endeavors, the series not only explores the brothers’ crimes but also their bond, and desires. becoming rich and famous is also their fear.

The three-episode series reveals how the twins built their criminal business and how it was destroyed, and the glamor attached to them as they mingled with the decade’s famous artists. .

The three-part documentary series, Secrets of the Krays, will be available to watch on January 25, and every Tuesday, at 9pm on ITV.

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