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Reginald Kray

Birth
Hoxton, London Borough of Islington, Greater London, England
Death 1 Oct 2000 (aged 66)
Norwich, City of Norwich, Norfolk, England
Burial Chingford, London Borough of Waltham Forest, Greater London, England
Plot Section B9
Memorial ID 6792215 · View Source
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Reginald Kray was born at 64 Stene Street, Hoxton, East London, some minutes before his identical twin brother Ronald. Just before the War, the family moved to 178 Vallance Road, Bethnal Green ; a building which is now demolished. After an undistinguished education and an even less distinguished National Service, most of which was spent in an Army Prison at Shepton Mallet in Somerset, the twins embarked upon a career handling stolen goods and running protection rackets on betting shops (which were, at that time, illegal), shops, cafes, and pubs. By 1960, they were heading the most feared gang North of the river. Ronnie had already been imprisoned and released for shooting a docker, but Reg managed to avoid arrest until February 1960, when he was sentenced to eighteen months for demanding money with menaces from a shopkeeper. Not long after his release, he fell in love with Frances Shea whom he married on the 20th. April 1965. The marriage was not a success ; some claim that it was never consummated; and, on the 6th. June 1967, Frances killed herself by taking an overdose. The previous year, Ronnie had shot George Cornell and was constantly taunting his brother that the twins would be equal only when Reggie had killed somebody. In October 1967, they became equal, when Reggie murdered Jack "The Hat" McVitie. On the 7th. In May of the following year, the twins were arrested for these killings; and, on the 8th. March 1969, after a trial which had lasted for two months, they were given life sentences, with a recommendation that they serve not less than thirty years. Ronnie was sent to Durham Gaol (and, later, transferred to Broadmoor Hospital for the Criminally Insane) and Reggie was sent to Parkhurst, on the Isle of Wight. Later, he was moved to Maidstone in Kent; and it was there, on the 14th. July 1997, that he married Roberta Jones. She was 36, came from Southport in Lancashire, was the daughter of a college lecturer, and ran a company which made promotional videos. The couple had met in 1995, when Reg had hired her to make the video of Ronnie's funeral. In August 2000, shortly after attending the funeral of his elder brother Charlie, Reg was diagnosed with terminal cancer, which had spread from his bowel to his bladder, and was granted a compassionate release, although his thirty years had, by then, been served. He died, 24 days before his 67th. birthday, at the Town House Hotel in Norwich, and was buried in Chingford, East London, with his parents, his first wife, his nephew, and his brothers.

Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
  • Added: 20 Sep 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6792215
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Reginald Kray (24 Oct 1933–1 Oct 2000), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6792215, citing Chingford Mount Cemetery, Chingford, London Borough of Waltham Forest, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .