The Cult of Violence

The Cult of Violence : The Untold Story of the Krays

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John Pearson knows more about the Krays than anyone alive. His book The Profession of Violence was published 28 years ago (by W&N) to huge acclaim and is still in print today in paperback. 'The Krays' film was based on the book and it was Pearson who exposed the Boothby connection in 1994. In 1967, the year before they were arrested, the twins asked Pearson to write their biography. He remained a confidant of the family and the brothers throughout their trial and prison years. Reg has now been in prison for 33 years. The judge recommended 30 years and yet he was only released when he was diagnosed with inoperable cancer and given weeks to live. Using the trail as the fulcrum for the narrative, Pearson, in this completely new book, will revisit the twins criminal past, including a raft of new material hitherto unpublished. The trial will be re-examined (he still has contact with the living trial lawyers) and he will look at their time in gaol (including Ronnie's bizarre life in Broadmore) and examine what it was/is about the Krays which, at the time and over the next thirty years, made them 'criminal celebrities'. On the one hand they were pursued by a fascinated media who wanted to re-create these two brutal murderers as folk heroes, and on the other they were demonised by an establishment ashamed of the way it had embraced them. Pearson will examine just why successive Home Secretaries found it too unpalatable to release the twins when so many other less well-know but possibly more unsavoury murderers and criminals were released after serving a fraction of their time. This is a timely book. With Reggie's death, Pearson is now at liberty to tell the whole amazing, fascinating story.show more

Product details

  • Audio cassette
  • 107 x 140 x 17mm | 121g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Abridged
  • 0752846809
  • 9780752846804

About John Pearson

John Pearson won the Authors Club Award for best first novel. The Profession of Violence was acclaimed on its release, even in the US where it won the Edgar Allan Poe Special Award. Jonathathan Keeble is a talented actor who appears regularly on stage and radio.show more