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on 15 March 2015
Fantastic book, couldn't put it down and was left wanting to know much more about the Kray Twins. John Pearson is a brilliant author, every page is gripping and when you think you'll just read a few more pages, you find it's turned into chapters. All his books about them are of this quality, they couldn't have chosen a better person to write their biography.
Whether you admire or despise them I think what set the Krays apart from any other gangsters/criminals is that they had genuine charisma, only those two though, not their brother. Maybe it was their twinship and 'identicalness' that gave it to them, I can't decide which one was more fascinating but one thing is for sure - together they were formidable, both to look at and, by all accounts, to do business with.
Even now, pictures of them leave you feeling mesmerised and slightly scared so I can't imagine what it must have been like back in the day to have them on your case.
They accepted their life sentences but I suspect Reggie Kray, serving over and above his tariff, became more of a political prisoner in the end, paying the price for their crimes against the Establishment. I think he was also punished for both of them continuing to court the publicity that helped turn them into the legend they have become, and rightly or wrongly, earning them a place in history.