RONNIE KRAY | PHOTOGRAPH BY ARTHUR STEEL | THE ARTHUR STEEL ARCHIVE

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DESCRIPTION: RONNIE KRAY STARES INTO ARTHUR STEEL’S CAMERA DURING HIS WEDDING CEREMONY TO ELAINE KRAY

LOCATION: BROADMOOR HOSPITAL, CROWTHORNE, UNITED KINGDOM

YEAR: 1985       COLLECTION: PLATINUM

Reginald “Reggie” Kray (24 October 1933 – 1 October 2000) and his twin brother Ronald “Ronnie” Kray (24 October 1933 – 17 March 1995) were the foremost perpetrators of organised crime in London’s East End during the 1950s and 1960s. Ronald, commonly referred to as Ron or Ronnie, most likely suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. The Krays were involved in armed robberies, arson, protection rackets, violent assaults including torture and the murders of Jack “The Hat” McVitie and George Cornell. As West End nightclub owners, they mixed with prominent entertainers including Diana Dors, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and politicians. The Krays were highly feared within their social environment, and in the 1960s they became celebrities in their own right, being photographed by David Bailey and interviewed on television. They were arrested on 9 May 1968 and convicted in 1969 by the efforts of a squad of detectives led by Detective Superintendent Leonard “Nipper” Read, and were both sentenced to life imprisonment.

Ronnie was certified insane and lived the remainder of his life in Broadmoor Hospital until his death on 17 March 1995.

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