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‘Don’t get into trouble, it will bring you a life of misery’: Gangster Ronnie Kray warns children not to follow in his and his brother Reggie’s footsteps in never-before-heard audio


Gangster Ronnie Kray says he regrets his life of crime in never heard before audio recorded while the ‘reformed’ hardman was locked up in HMP Broadmoor. 

The East End crime boss warns children not to follow in his and his brother Reggie’s footsteps because it will only bring them a ‘life of misery’ in audio recorded in the 1980s.

Veteran broadcaster Fred Dinenage taped the interview with Ronnie as part of his official biography of the Kray twins called Our Story.

The recordings were unearthed in the TV journalist’s attic – where they had been since Fred’s visit to Broadmoor four decades ago.

His tapes were almost lost forever as Dinenage’s two daughters – one of whom is MP Caroline Dinenage – nearly taped over them.

A mugshot of Ronnie Kray dated 4/7/69 which was  uncovered 40 years after he was jailed

A mugshot of Ronnie Kray dated 4/7/69 which was  uncovered 40 years after he was jailed

Veteran broadcaster Fred Dinenage shared a video of himself explaining the tape

Veteran broadcaster Fred Dinenage shared a video of himself explaining the tape

The small tape recorder Fred was allowed to bring into HMP Broadmoor to record Ronnie Kray's interview

The small tape recorder Fred was allowed to bring into HMP Broadmoor to record Ronnie Kray’s interview

Fearsome Ronnie and Reggie ran organised crime in London‘s East End during the 1950s and 60s before they were jailed separately in 1969 and then both moved to Parkhurst maximum security prison in the early 1970s.

Ronnie’s deteriorating mental health meant he was later transferred to Broadmoor Prison, where Dinenage frequently met him throughout the 1980s as the notorious pair’s official biographer.

Ronnie’s instantly recognisable voice can be heard telling youngsters not to turn to a life of crime, pointing at how it turned out for him and his brother.

In it, Ronnie said: ‘Many people who have read our books, may think we’ve had a glamorous life, but I advise any young people today not to get into any trouble because it will only bring them a life of misery.

‘I hope people will look again at Broadmoor and the people who are here.

‘I have also made the governor look again at my brother Reg who has been like this for more than 25 years, it’s time he had justice.

‘Good luck to you and thank you for your support, I wish I could be with you.

‘One day with any luck I will be, all the best* Ron Kray.’

Kray twins Reginald 'Reggie' (left) and Ronald 'Ronnie' (right) who became synonymous with London organised crime in the 1950s and 60s

Kray twins Reginald ‘Reggie’ (left) and Ronald ‘Ronnie’ (right) who became synonymous with London organised crime in the 1950s and 60s 

Footage of TV journalist Fred Dinenage from the 1960s

Footage of TV journalist Fred Dinenage from the 1960s

Ronnie on the left, pictured at a East London Flat, after they had finished trying to help Scotland Yard's inquiries into the shooting dead of George Cornell 38, was killed

Ronnie on the left, pictured at a East London Flat, after they had finished trying to help Scotland Yard’s inquiries into the shooting dead of George Cornell 38, was killed

The Kray twins Ronnie Kray & Reggie Kray at their mum's home in Bethnal Green, London, April 1965

The Kray twins Ronnie Kray & Reggie Kray at their mum’s home in Bethnal Green, London, April 1965

Dinenage, a retired presenter for ITV who enjoyed a 60-year career on TV, says as the twins’ official biographer he is the only person they trusted to tell their story.

After getting unrivalled access to the twins, he published Our Story in 1988 and then published My Story – about Ronnie – five years later.

Dinenage is now going on tour at theatres in the UK with his show ‘Ronnie, Reggie and me with Fred Dinenage’, talking about his time with the nefarious duo.

Dinenage recalled the moment he dug the tape of Ronnie speaking to him out of his attic and listened back.

‘It was like a voice from the dead’, Dinenage said.

‘It was quite an emotional moment for me, really. Hearing Ronnie after all these years, it was amazing to listen to.’

Dinenage explained how he eventually found his old tape.

He said: ‘After many attempts at trying, I was allowed by Broadmoor to record conversation with Ronnie.

‘I put the recording away in the attic and to be honest, I completely forgot about it and then lost it.

‘Eventually I found the tape in the attic. I came down with tapes that were blank or empty handed.

‘Then I had the dictaphone but I couldn’t get it to work, so we had to power it up.’

Despite being ‘thrilled’ at the find, their joy was almost short-lived after his two daughters were heard on the recording, having stumbled across the equipment in his office back in the 1980s.

‘Very luckily they hadn’t recorded over it’, he said.

‘If we had had half the message it wouldn’t be half as useful.

Reggie and Ronnie Kray handcuffed to their escort arriving to their mother's funeral service at Chingford Old Church

Reggie and Ronnie Kray handcuffed to their escort arriving to their mother’s funeral service at Chingford Old Church

Notorious London gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray walking the streets of London

 Notorious London gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray walking the streets of London

‘It is a huge find because Ronnie didn’t do interviews with other people.

‘It’s a very important message for the times we live in now with all the knife crime.’

Further recordings of Ronnie and his views on the world and crime, will be heard on Dinenage’s upcoming tour ‘Ronnie, Reggie and me with Fred Dinenage’.

Starting on March 1 at Portsmouth Guildhall, Hants, Dinenage will take his show to 10 venues across the south coast until April 24. The shows will be hosted by radio DJ Alex Dyke.

Ronnie eventually died at Broadmoor in 1995, aged 62.

In August 2000, Reggie was diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the bladder, and given just weeks to live. He died age 66 shortly after being freed from prison on compassionate grounds.



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