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Charles James Kray
Birth: Jul. 9, 1927
Greater London, England
Death: Apr. 4, 2000
Greater London, England

The eldest of the three Kray Brothers, Charles Kray was born at 64 Stene Street, Hoxton, East London. Just before the War, the family moved to 178 Vallance Road, in Bethnal Green. Charles boxed as a welterweight for the Royal Navy against the Army and the Air Force. He married a lady named Dolly, with whom he had a son named Gary, and went into the furniture business. However, he became drawn into the activities of his twin brothers; and, in March 1969, this culminated in his receiving a ten year sentence for helping to dispose of the corpse of Jack "The Hat" McVitie, although Charlie always denied any involvement. After his release in 1975, he tried various ventures, including property development, managing a pop group, demonstrating cutlery at the Ideal Home Exhibition, and acting as Technical Adviser for the film "The Krays". In 1997, however, one year after Gary died of AIDS, Charlie was arrested for attempting to smuggle 39m worth of cocaine into the country, of offering the drug to an undercover policeman, and of supplying 2 kilos at 63,500. He denied this, and his barrister, Jonathan Goldberg, Q.C., described him as "an old fool, a pathetic old has-been, an utterly washed-up figure made to appear something he is not at all." Nonetheless, he was found guilty, and sentenced to twelve years at Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Wight, which made him the oldest prisoner in Great Britain in maximum security. In March 2000, he collapsed and was moved to St. Mary's Hospital in Newport ; where, one month later, in the presence of his girlfriend Diane (he had divorced Dolly for her adultery with George Ince) he died. (bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) 
Family links: 
  Charles David Kray (1906 - 1983)
  Violet Lee Kray (1910 - 1982)
  Gary Kray (1952 - 1996)*
  Charles James Kray (1927 - 2000)
  Ronald Kray (1933 - 1995)*
  Reginald Kray (1933 - 2000)*
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Heart Disease
Chingford Mount Cemetery
London Borough of Waltham Forest
Greater London, England
Plot: Section B9
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
Record added: Sep 20, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6792214
Charles James Kray
Added by: Iain MacFarlaine
Charles James Kray
Added by: Iain MacFarlaine
Charles James Kray
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- Brandon Burns
 Added: Sep. 17, 2015
As a Kray you were guilty before they even knew anything. You should not have been sent to prison and I'm sorry for that. I have visited your son's grave as I did Frances. Two young people who died before they should. I wish I had met you, I hope you are ...(Read more)
- Marilyn_20
 Added: Jul. 29, 2015

- Kathy Ng
 Added: Jun. 2, 2015
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