Krayzy Days Paperback – 30 Jul 2014
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But the real puzzle of the book is how the Twins maintained sway over the East End for so long. They come across as not especially intelligent and lacking in both basic common sense and the capacity to organise their enterprises. All went reasonably well while they had loyal followers able to offer wise counsel. But ultimately many of those followers drifted away, despairing of the increasingly erratic behaviour of both
brothers – by erratic is meant the murders of Frank Mitchell, the so-called ‘mad axeman’, George Cornell and Jack ‘the Hat’ McVitie and the unnecessary and unexpected brutal attacks on those who trusted them. There were probably ten murders and an untold number physical attacks committed by the Twins, several of these their responses to what they interpreted as slights but which most people would have settled in calmer fashion. So often it was their own followers who were victims of the ungovernable rages of both men.
As club owners they were able to attract a coterie of seedy politicians as well as celebrity actors and actresses such as Shirley Bassey, Barbara Windsor and the physical wreck that was all that remained of Judy Garland.Read more ›
Somebody who had a little knowledge of the crew in the east end at the time who openly admits he is a con man....
Another reviewer has accused him of "slagging off" the Gruesome Twosome now that they're gone. Not true,all Mr Fawcett is doing is putting the record straight and backing up other writers like John Pearson in his last Kray book and Bernard O'Mahoney who revealed the Twins somewhat less than generous "acts of charity" in his book.
Michael Fawcett reinforces the things a relative who was "around in the day" has told me about the London Crime scene of that era and those who's exploits have sold several hundreds of thousands of books since the Krays adopted John Pearson as their official biographer in what turned out to be a very successful bit of self-promotion and arrogance. As Fawcett confirms most of these guys,while no doubt in some cases hard and not to be crossed lightly,were not even close to Criminal masterminds,barely close to average intelligence in a lot of cases. It's known from those same books that Ron Kray was a great fan of American Gangster movies and consciously tried to create the image that the media,and later the general public,swallowed hook,line and sinker.More recent books,like the one Pearson wrote when he was safe from retribution and this one,tell a different story.Their reality is that the twins were big fish in a small pool that had got even smaller by the time their world started to implode.
Krayzy Days is an easy read,felt like Michael Fawcett was sitting across from me telling me "the way it was".Unlike many of this kind of book Fawcett dosn't claim to be the hardest,smartest,Reg and Ron's best friend or portray the Krays and those who went down with them as anything other than thugs,sycophants and wannabes.Read more ›
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What a well written book, it's like an old mate telling you the story!Published 2 months ago by g n scott
If you believe this story you will believe anything. Full of factual errors, exaggeration and down right lies. Read morePublished 4 months ago by mike
Brilliant book just read this and would definitely recommend it there's some real good stories in there.Published 5 months ago by Lesley hughes
Really great book and one of the best Kray related books i have readPublished 7 months ago by M.Jackson
Been reading about the Krays for 25 years and over time you begin to realise what's truth and what's exaggerated or total nonsense ! Read morePublished 7 months ago by chris webb
I have read many books on The Krays and this book is up there with the best of them.If you have any interest in The Kray Twins then this book is a must readPublished 11 months ago by richard france