THE KRAY TWINS, THE FIRM, AND OTHER GANGLAND MEMORABILIA, MAIMERABILIA AND BEYOND HERE AT THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION, LITTLEDEAN JAIL

BACK IN THE NEWS  !!! …THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL ….. DESPITE  IN ALL FAIRNESS THIS BEING “OLD NEWS ”

SEEMINGLY OF A TIMELESS  MEDIA INTEREST IN BRITAIN’S MOST NOTORIOUS 1960’S GANGSTERS …. THE KRAY TWINS .

HERE BELOW IS A RECENT ARTICLE THAT APPEARED BOTH ONLINE AND IN PRINT WITHIN THE DAILY MIRROR ON PAGE 33 -7 MAY 2015 .

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ALSO JUST A POLITE REMINDER TO LOOK OUT FOR THE IMMINENT RELEASE OF TWO FILMS ON THE KRAYS  … ONE OF WHICH , “LEGEND”,  STARRING BRITISH ACTOR TOM HARDY WHO PLAYS THE PARTS OF BOTH TWINS. TO BE RELEASED SEPTEMBER 2015.

HERE BELOW IS A BRIEF TRAILER OF THE FORTHCOMING KRAY TWINS FILM TITLED “LEGEND”

BELOW IS SOME MORE BRIEF HISTORICAL INSIGHT FOOTAGE INTO THE KRAY’S

EXTRACTS FROM VARIOUS  OTHER NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS FEATURING SOME OF THE KRAY TWINS MEMORABILIA ON DISPLAY AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL IN THE PAST.

599036_395136070521817_1213505194_nBELOW IS A BRIEF GALLERY OF KRAY TWINS ITEMS INCLUDING 2 ORIGINAL PAINTINGS FROM BOTH RON AND REG, WHILST IN JAIL AT HMP PARKHURST , ISLE oF WIGHT , PAINTED BY THEM IN 1971 THAT WERE SOLD TOGETHER FOR £4800 + FEES, ETC  AT CHISWICK AUCTIONS , LONDON IN MARCH 2008 .

AFTER GOING AROUND VARIOUS OTHER AUCTION HOUSES SINCE THEN,  THEY HAVE NOW ARRIVED HERE AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL ACQUIRED FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTOR   AND ARE NOW ON DISPLAY TO THE PUBLIC  ALONG WITH VARIOUS OTHER KRAY TWINS ITEMS .

BELOW IS THE  PRESALE REPORT ON THE PAINTINGS AS SEEN IN THE DAILY MAIL  ON THE 9 MARCH 2008

Yours for £2,000, oil paintings by the Kray Twins (currently owned by a ex-convict who won them in a card game)

The KraysGangsters with an artistic streak: Reggie (left) and Ronnie Kray in the 1960s

One famously shot dead a fellow gangster in an East End pub for a verbal sleight. The other knifed to death another gangland member at a party  But it appears Ronnie and Reggie Kray also had a more sensitive side – as landscape painters. These oil canvasses by the infamous twins, painted after they were both jailed for 30 years, are to be auctioned in London this week.The one of a white cottage next to a road was painted by Ronnie. His brother’s is an image of a river running through a green valley with an ominously dark sky in the background.  Both twins began painting after their 1968 trial at the Old Bailey, often creating the same scene in picture after picture.  A spokesman for Chiswick Auctions in West London, where the paintings are being sold, said: ‘The same themes are repeated over and over again in their work, with very little variation. We expect these two to go for between £800 and £1,500 each.’ Both pictures are being sold by a former inmate who won them from the twins during card games in jail.The auction house spokesman said: ‘The seller has given us some interesting insights into the Krays’ minds.

Dream house in the country: Ronnie Kray’s
  ‘He says Reggie always, always painted with a dark sky. This might reflect his state of mind and the dark thoughts he had. He was known for his moods and being aloof. Ronnie, on the other hand, always painted a white cottage because that was his idea of a dream house, a place in the country.

Ronnie’s paintings are more aspirational, whereas Reggie’s tend to reflect his sombre state of mind.’The images were painted in oils on to card. They are both eight-and-a-half inches by 11-and-a-half inches.

A similar painting by Ronnie sold at an auction in Lincolnshire in 2005 for £2,200, twice the expected fee.

The spokesman added: ‘The seller told us paintings were used in games of cards as currency. If they were by Joe Bloggs, they wouldn’t be worth £5.’

The Krays ran a brutal gang known as The Firm in London’s East End during the late Fifties and Sixties. Revelling in their image of sharp suits and flashy cars, they began to believe the law could not touch them.

That bravado allowed Ronnie to walk into the Blind Beggar pub in Whitechapel and shoot dead George Cornell in front of customers for calling him a ‘fat poof’.

A year later, in 1967, Reggie stabbed Jack ‘The Hat’ McVitie to death in a flat in North London.  But Scotland Yard closed the net and the twins were given life sentences and told they must serve at least 30 years.  Ronnie died of a heart attack in 1995 after collapsing in his cell in Broadmoor. Reggie died in jail in 2000.

Moody: Reggie Kray painting

MORE EXTRACTS OF MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE CRIME THROUGH TIME’S KRAY TWINS EXHIBITION

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BELOW ARE MORE EXHIBIT ITEMS 

ABOVE IS RONNIE KRAY’S  ORIGINAL PROVISIONAL DRIVING LICENCE FROM BACK IN 1959 WHEN HE WOULD HAVE BEEN 26 YEARS OLD, REGISTERED TO HIM AT THE KRAY FAMILY’S HOME ADDRESS AT THE TIME , 178 VALLANCE ROAD , LONDON   .

IN ITSELF A NOSTALGIC PIECE OF PRE-ARREST KRAY TWINS MEMORABILIA …. NOW HERE ON PERMANENT  DISPLAY ALONGSIDE THE KRAY TWINS EXHIBITION  HERE AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL .

THE ONLY KRAY TWINS EXHIBITION OF ITS KIND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC .

 

REGGIE KRAYS ORIGINAL ARTIST PAINT BOX , PAINTS AND BRUSHES LAST USED BY HIM AT HMP WAYLAND SHORTLY BEFORE HIS DEATH FROM CANCER ON 01ST OCTOBER   2000

COME VISIT AND SEE FOR YOURSELVES THE UK’S ONLY KRAY TWINS EXHIBITION ON PUBLIC DISPLAY FEATURING SOME OF THEIR PERSONAL BELONGINGS, HANDWRITTEN AND SIGNED LETTERS ,  TOOLS OF THE TRADE, ARTWORK, MEMORABILIA AND OTHER RELATED FIRM ITEMS . 

ALL IN ALL AN INTRIGUING PERSONAL INSIGHT INTO BOTH PRE ARREST DAYS AND THEIR SUBSEQUENT LIFE BEHIND BARS

ALSO VARIOUS OTHER GANGLAND MEMORABILIA …..ITS ALL HERE AT THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL .

HERE BELOW IS A BRIEF PICTORIAL INSIGHT INTO SOME OF THE ITEMS ON DISPLAY …………

YES THIS REALLY IS RON KRAY’S PERSONAL KNUCKLE DUSTER  KINDLY GIFTED TO ANDY JONES – THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION AFTER A PERSONAL  VISIT TO REGGIE KRAY WHILST HE WAS INCARCERATED AT HMP. MAIDSTONE …WHICH HE WANTED ANDY TO DISPLAY ALONG WITH VARIOUS OTHER PERSONAL ITEMS  ACQUIRED FROM OTHER INNER CIRCLE FRIENDS,  ACQUAINTANCES AND EVEN FROM VARIOUS FORMER METROPOLITAN POLICE OFFICERS …….. .FOR AND ON   REGGIES AND  RONNIES  BEHALF..

ORIGINAL EASEL  ARTIST PAINTBOX AND PAINTS THAT BELONGED TO REGGIE KRAY …. SHOWN HERE WITH ONE OF HIS LANDSCAPE PASTEL DRAWINGS . THIS WAS LAST USED BY REG AT HMP WOODHILL AND TAKEN OUT OF PRISON BY HIS WIFE BACK IN 1999 SHORTLY BEFORE HIS DEATH FROM CANCER ON 01ST OCTOBER 2000 ALONG WITH A NUMBER OF OTHER PERSONAL ITEMS AND PASTIME PLEASURES USED BY HIM. ALL OF WHICH ARE PRISON CENSOR STAMPED AND DATED  ON OFFICIAL FORMS ….. ALSO HERE ON DISPLAY .

ORIGINAL RONNIE KRAY ARTWORK PAINTED BY HIMSELF WHILST AT BROADMOOR MENTAL ASYLUM . HERE ON DISPLAY ALONG WITH MANY OTHER ARTWORK ,DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS BY BOTH RONNIE AND REGGIE 

COULD THE NEW DIORAMA ARTIST ” GUV” BE THE NEW TRACEY EMIN OF THE ART WORLD ??….. YOU, AS VISITORS DECIDE

NEW FOR 2015………….. LITTLEDEAN JAIL MOVES  INTO THE REALMS OF CONTROVERSIAL  ART .

FOREST OF DEAN, GLOUCESTERSHIRE – DIORAMA ARTIST  “GUV” LATEST CREATION  “ASYLUM ” GOES ON DISPLAY AT THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION, LITTLEDEAN BEFORE BEING SOLD BY A  MAJOR AUCTION HOUSE NEXT YEAR …. COMPLETE WITH CELL DOORS….. COULD THIS FETCH THE SAME KIND OF MONIES AS TRACEY EMIN’S WORLD FAMOUS TURNER PRIZE NOMINATED DIORAMA …. “MY BED” WHICH ORIGINALLY SOLD TO CHARLES SAATCHI FOR £150,000 AND LATER RESOLD BY HIM FOR A STAGGERING £2.5 MILLION IN 2014 ????

LITTLEDEAN JAIL IS A TRULY UNRIVALLED, POLITICALLY INCORRECT AND CONTROVERSIAL VISITOR ATTRACTION . IT IS AN EXCEPTIONALLY  UNIQUE ART GALLERY IN ITS OWN RIGHT , WITH FRAMED COLLAGES AND OTHER EXHIBITION ITEMS DISPLAYED FROM FLOOR TO CEILING THROUGHOUT .

IT  HOLDS THE WORLD RECORD (UNOFFICIAL) FOR THE MOST FRAMED COLLAGES ON DISPLAY IN ONE ESTABLISHMENT .THAT RUNS INTO SEVERAL THOUSANDS …

BELOW IS TRACEY EMIN’S WORLD FAMOUS DIORAMA ENTITLED “MY BED”

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BELOW : WORLD FAMOUS ARTIST TRACEY EMIN

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ABOUT TRACEY EMIN

Tracey Emin, CBE, RA (born 3 July 1963) is an English artist. She is part of the group known as Britartists or YBAs (Young British Artists).

In 1997, her work Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995, a tent appliquéd with names, was shown at Charles Saatchi‘sSensation exhibition held at the Royal Academy in London. The same year, she gained considerable media exposure when she swore multiple times in an apparent state of drunkenness on a live discussion programme on British television.

In 1999, Emin had her first solo exhibition in the United States at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, entitled “Every Part of Me’s Bleeding”. Later that year, she was a Turner Prize nominee and exhibited My Bed — an installation, consisting of her own unmade dirty bed with used condoms and blood-stained underwear.

TRACEY EMIN  TALKS

BEING SOLD AT CHRISTIE’S FOR  CHARLES SAATCHI

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“BACK BEHIND BARS” – ICONIC BRITISH ACTOR – JOHN BLUNDELL WHO STARRED IN SUCH EQUALLY ICONIC 1978/1979 FILMS…” SCUM” AND “QUADROPHENIA” VISITS THE JAIL

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WHO’S THE DADDY ?

ABOVE: “FACE-OFF” AT THE JAIL BETWEEN ANDY JONES AND JOHN BLUNDELL

“BACK BEHIND BARS” – ICONIC BRITISH ACTOR – JOHN BLUNDELL WHO STARRED AS  THE ORIGINAL “DADDY” – PONGO BANKS IN THE ICONIC 1978 SCUM” 1979 FILM…“QUADROPHENIA” , WHERE HE PLAYED ONE OF THE MAIN ROCKERS , VISITS THE JAIL

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ON BEHALF OF CHARLES SALVADOR (formerly known as Charles Bronson) HIS FIANCEE LORRAINE VISITS THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL

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ON BEHALF OF CHARLES SALVADOR (formerly known as Charles Bronson) HIS FIANCEE LORRAINE KINDLY VISITED  THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL . HIS LOYAL FRIEND MARK WILLIAMS  TATTOOIST AND SCULPTOR ALSO BROUGHT ALONG VARIOUS UNIQUE EXHIBIT ITEMS, SCULPTURED BY HIMSELF AND OWNED BY CHARLIE WHICH ARE TO BE  FEATURED ON DISPLAY HERE FOR THE FORTHCOMING 2015 TOURISM SEASON…

LORRAINE ALSO BROUGHT  ALONG  ICONIC BRITISH ACTOR – JOHN BLUNDELL WHO STARRED IN SUCH EQUALLY ICONIC FILMS…” SCUM” AND “QUADROPHENIA” ,NOT FORGETTING MARK AND JOHN’S DEAR LADIES.

CHARLES SALVADOR ( FORMERLY CHARLES BRONSON ) PICTURED WEARING ONE OF HIS VESTS WORN WITHIN PRISON… AND NOW HERE ON DISPLAY ALONG WITH MANY OTHER PERSONAL BELONGINGS , ARTWORK ETC.

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IT WAS A GREAT HONOUR TO TALK TO CHARLIE PERSONALLY WHO KINDLY TELEPHONED THE JAIL TO SPEAK TO ALL THOSE THAT KINDLY VISITED ON HIS BEHALF . HE WAS IN GOOD SPIRIT AND HAD RECENTLY BEEN ALLOWED TO WATCH “RAMBO” INSIDE HIS CELL ALONG WITH BEING GIVEN A MINCE PIE AND APRICOT YOGHURT TO EAT DURING THE FILM . HE ONLY WATCHED THE FIRST 30 MINUTES OF THE FILM BUT ENJOYED IT TOO.

BELOW ARE A FEW IMAGES RELATING TO YESTERDAY’S VISIT TO THE JAIL

 

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AUCTION OF ARTWORK BY THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS CHARLES BRONSON

WE VISITED THE AUCTION  HOUSE OF J P HUMBERT , SILVERSTONE  TO TAKE SOME IMAGES OF THE UPCOMING AUCTION OF ARTWORK , PERSONAL BELONGINGS DOCUMENTS AND CLOTHING FROM THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS CHARLES BRONSON , WHO HAS NOW CHANGED HIS NAME BY DEED-POLE TO CHARLES SALVADOR …. THERE ARE 200 LOTS IN TOTAL (SEE PICS BELOW OF SOME OF THEM ) 

THE AUCTION IS ON THURSDAY 09 OCTOBER AND STARTS AT 5 O’CLOCK 

FOR ANY OTHER INFORMATION, OR TO REGISTER TO BID 

THE AUCTION HOUSE WEBSITE IS FOUND AT 

http://www.jphumbert.com/

GOOD LUCK WITH THE AUCTION TOMORROW  WISHING YOU ALL THE VERY BEST FROM ALL AT THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL.

 

CELEBRITY GANGSTER … DAVE COURTNEY TO REVISIT – FOREST OF DEAN , GLOUCESTERSHIRE ON A FORTHCOMING “EVENING WITH EVENT”

WHETHER ONE LOVES HIM OR LOATHES HIM ….. ALWAYS ENTERTAINING AND ON A PERSONAL LEVEL GREAT TO SPEND TIME WITH .

DO VISIT THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL AND SEE FOR YOURSELVES AN INTRIGUING INSIGHT INTO THE LIFE OF CELEBRITY GANGSTER ….. DAVE COURTNEY O.B.E


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ABOVE IS A CLASSIC PICTURE OF DAVE COURTNEY WHO IS ALSO CLAIMED TO BE THE INSPIRATION BEHIND VINNIE JONES’S ROLE IN THE ICONIC BRITISH FILM LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS (SEE PICTURE BELOW)

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CELEBRITY GANGSTER DAVE COURTNEY VISITS THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL IN MAY 2013 ,

BELOW IS A BRIEF GALLERY OF PICTURES OF DAVE COURTNEY’S VISIT TO THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL AND THE WOODLANDS PUB IN THE FOREST OF DEAN WITH HIS PARTNER AND HER SON .

NOW ICONIC BRITISH ACTOR AND STAR OF BRONSON FILM -TOM HARDY CONTINUES TO SUPPORT CHARLIE BRONSON (NOW CHARLES SALVADOR) .

HERE ARE SOME OF THE BEST CLIPS FROM THE CONTROVERSIAL BRONSON FILM  ALONG WITH IMAGES AND A BACKGROUND ON BRITAIN’S MOST INFAMOUS AND NOTORIOUS PRISON INMATE

A GREAT BRITISH ACTOR TOM HARDY AS BRONSON IN THE FILM

TOM HARDY WITH HAIR !!! ALONGSIDE A FILM POSTER DEPICTING HIMSELF AS BRONSON

THE REAL CHARLES BRONSON – STILL DEEMED TO BE BRITAIN’S MOST INFAMOUS AND NOTORIOUS  PRISON INMATE

CHARLES BRONSON WITH BEARD

THE REAL CHARLES BRONSON BEING LED AWAY FROM COURT ..

 AS REPORTED IN THE DAILY MIRROR NOVEMBER 2010

Naked Charles Bronson covered himself in butter in latest jail rage

 15/11/2010

Crackpot Charles Bronson covered himself in butter while naked and took on 12 prison warders in his latest jail rage.

The 57-year-old flipped after growing more and more furious over his latest failed bid to be freed.

He took on six warders, then another six in a specialist restraint team who rushed to help before finally being dragged back to solitary.

At least four officers were injured in the rampage on the notorious F-wing at Wakefield jail, West Yorks.

An insider said: “He was naked and covered himself in butter so staff trying to restrain him could not take him down. He assaulted four before they sent in six members of the control and restraint team to get him.

“They finally managed to control him and he was taken back into solitary confinement.

“Charlie has not been in the news for a while and his failed appeal last year hit him hard. He was moved to Long Lartin and thought he was going to get out.

“Then they had to take him back to the highest security at Wakefield.

“He knows this is it for the rest of his days, and he is desperate.”

Lifer Bronson, first jailed for armed robbery in 1969, is likely to be in solitary indefinitely. He has spent the vast majority of his 36 years behind bars alone.

Bronson was last locked up in 1974 for another armed raid. He has taken a string of hostages in 10 sieges, attacked at least 20 officers and caused £500,000 damage in rooftop protests.

He got life for kidnapping prison teacher Phil Danielson at Hull jail in 1999.

His appeal against that sentence failed last year. A film, Bronson, has been released based on his life.

His art work, including dark depictions of jail life, has won awards, and can earn £2,500 a canvas.

The Prison Service said of Friday’s rampage: “A prisoner was involved in a minor incident in the gym area.”

WIKIPEDIA BACKGROUND

Charles “Charlie” Bronson (born Michael Gordon Peterson, 6 December 1952) is a British criminal often referred to in the British press as the “most violent prisoner in Britain”.[2]

Born in Aberystwyth, Wales, Peterson often found his way into fights before he began a bare-knuckle boxing career in the East End of London. His promoter was not happy with his name and suggested he change it to Charles Bronson.

In 1974 he was imprisoned for a robbery and sentenced to seven years. While in prison he began making a name for himself as a loose cannon, often fighting convicts and prison guards. These fights added years onto his sentence. Regarded as a problem prisoner, he was moved 120 times throughout Her Majesty’s Prison Service and spent most of that time in solitary confinement. What was originally a seven year term stretched out to a fourteen year sentence that resulted in his first wife, Irene, with whom he had a son, leaving him. He was released on October 30, 1988 but only spent 69 days as a free man before he was arrested again.

While in jail in 2001 he married his second wife, Fatema Saira Rehman, a Bangladeshi-born divorcée who inspired him to convert to Islam and take the name of Charles Ali Ahmed. This second marriage lasted four years before he got divorced and renounced Islam.

Bronson is one of the most high profile criminals in Britain, and has been the subject of books, interviews and studies in prison reform and treatment. He is the subject of the 2008 film Bronson, the story based loosely around significant events during his life. In addition Bronson has himself written many books about his experiences and famous prisoners he has met throughout his internment. A self-declared fitness fanatic who spent multiple years in solitary, Bronson dedicated a book to working out in confined spaces.

[edit]Early life[edit]Before prison

Luton, England, which Bronson considers his home town

Bronson was one of three sons [3] of Eira and Joe Peterson, who would later run the Conservative club in Aberystwyth. His uncle and aunt were mayor and mayoress of the town in the 1960s and 1970s. His aunt, Eileen Parry, is quoted as saying, “As a boy he was a lovely lad. He was obviously bright and always good with children. He was gentle and mild-mannered, never a bully – he would defend the weak.”[4]

He lived in Luton from the age of four but, when he was a teenager, Bronson moved with his family to Ellesmere PortCheshire, where he started getting into trouble. Bronson later returned to Luton, which is often referred to as his home town, where he earned a living as a circus strongman. He was married in December 1970 to Irene, with whom he had a son, Michael.

[edit]Boxing career and name change

Prior to being imprisoned, Bronson had a short-lived career in bare-knuckle boxing in the East End of London, during which time he became an associate ofLenny McLean. He changed his name from Mick Peterson to Charles Bronson in 1987 on the advice of his fight promoter,[5] “not because he liked the idea of the ‘Death Wish’ films starring the original Charles Bronson.”[6]

[edit]Life in prison

Ashworth Hospital, where Bronson spent some time as behavioural health patient

Bronson was imprisoned for seven years in 1974, aged 22, for an armed robbery at a Post Office in Little Sutton, a suburb of Ellesmere Port, during which he stole £26.18.[7] His sentence was repeatedly extended for crimes committed within prison, which include wounding with intent, wounding, criminal damage,grievous bodily harmfalse imprisonmentblackmail and threatening to kill.

Bronson has served all but four of his years in prison in solitary confinement due to a number of hostage situations, rooftop protests, and repeated attacks on prison staff and on other inmates. His dangerous behaviour has meant that he has spent time in over 120 different prisons, including all three maximum security hospitals: Broadmoor HospitalRampton Secure Hospital, and Ashworth Hospital.[8]

Bronson has spent a total of just four months and nine days out of custody since 1974. He was released on 30 October 1988 and spent 69 days as a free man before being arrested for robbery, and then released again on 9 November 1992, spending 53 days as a free man before being arrested again, this time for conspiracy to rob.[4]

In 1999 a special prison unit was set up for Bronson and two other violent prisoners from Woodhill, to reduce the risk they posed to staff and other prisoners.[9]

In 2000, Bronson received a discretionary life sentence with a three year tariff for a hostage-taking incident. His appeal against this sentence was denied in 2004.[10]

Bronson remained a Category A prisoner when he was moved to Wakefield High-Security Prison.[11] He was due for a parole hearing in September 2008, but this was postponed when his lawyer objected to a one-hour parole interview, requesting a full day to deal with Bronson’s case.[12] The parole hearing took place on 11 March 2009 and parole was refused shortly afterwards.[13] The Parole Board said that Mr Bronson had not proved he was a reformed character.[14]

On 12 November 2010, Bronson was involved in another incident in Wakefield prison’s F Wing, when he stripped naked, covered himself in butter and attacked six guards. Covering himself with butter apparently made him harder to control. Another six warders were brought in and finally restrained him.[15]

The incident followed another attack on warders the previous week during which he injured four attempting to take him back to solitary confinement.[15]

Prison sources said the attack was Bronson’s “protest over an appeal rejection” and fears that he may now spend the rest of his life in prison.[15]

[edit]Hostage incidents

Belmarsh Prison, where Bronson took two Iraqi hijackers hostage

Bronson has been involved in over a dozen hostage incidents, some of which are described below:

  • In 1983, Bronson took hostages and staged a 47-hour rooftop protest at Broadmoor, causing £750,000 of damage.
  • In 1994, while holding a civilian librarian hostage at Woodhill Prison, Milton Keynes, he demanded an inflatable doll, a helicopter and a cup of tea as ransom. Two months later, he held deputy governor Adrian Wallace hostage for five hours at Hull prison, injuring him so badly he was off work for five weeks.[4]
  • In 1998, Bronson took two Iraqi hijackers and another inmate hostage at Belmarsh prison in London. He insisted his hostages address him as “General” and told negotiators he would eat one of his victims quickly unless his demands were met. At one stage, Bronson demanded one of the Iraqis hit him “very hard” over the head with a metal tray. When the hostage refused, Bronson slashed his own shoulder six times with a razor blade. He later told staff: “I’m going to start snapping necks – I’m the number-one hostage taker.” He demanded a plane to take him to Cuba, two Uzi sub-machine guns, 5,000 rounds of ammunition, and an axe. In court, he said he was “as guilty as Adolf Hitler“, adding, “I was on a mission of madness, but now I’m on a mission of peace and all I want to do now is go home and have a pint with my son.” Another seven years were added to his sentence.[4]
  • In 1999, he took Phil Danielson, a civilian education officer, hostage at Hull prison.[3] He can be seen in CCTV footage singing the song “Yellow Submarine“, walking around with a makeshift spear[citation needed] (after having caused havoc inside the prison) and causing the wing to be locked up for over 40 hours.
  • In 2007, two prison staff members at Full Sutton high security prison in the East Riding of Yorkshire were involved in a “control and restraint incident”, in an attempt to prevent another hostage situation, during which Bronson (who by now needed spectacles) had his glasses broken. Bronson received £200 compensation for his broken glasses,[11] which he claimed were made of “pre-war gold” and given to him by Lord Longford.[citation needed]

[edit]Personal life

[edit]First marriage

Bronson met his first wife, Irene, in 1969, when he was still called Michael Peterson. Irene remembers that he “was so different from any other boys I knew. He always wore tailored suits, had perfectly-groomed sideburns and a Cockney accent.”[16] Eight months later, when Irene was 4 months pregnant, they married at Chester Register Office in December 1970. Four years later, when their son Mike was three years old, the police raided their house searching for Peterson. He was eventually caught and sent to prison. Five years later they divorced and Irene later remarried and became Irene Dunroe. She had two children with her new husband.[16]

[edit]Second marriage and second name change

In 2001, Bronson married again, this time in Milton Keynes‘, HMP Woodhill to Fatema Saira Rehman, a Bangladeshi-born divorcee[17] who had seen his picture in a newspaper and begun writing to him. Rehman had visited Bronson ten times prior to their wedding.[18][19] She had worked at a women’s shelter prior to their meeting, but lost her job when her employer found out about the relationship.[20]For a short time, Bronson converted to Islam (Rehman is Muslim) and wished to be known as Charles Ali Ahmed. After four years he and Rehman divorced.[16] Rehman has since given many interviews regarding her short marriage to Bronson, portraying him in a negative light. In one interview she was quoted as saying, “He fooled me – he is nothing but an abusive, racist thug.”[3]

Bronson claims that shortly after the 9-11 attacks in New York, two men visited him (he was then known as Ahmed) offering to release him into general population if he would infiltrate the Muslim prison population.[21]

[edit]Occupations and projects

While in prison, Bronson has developed an extreme fitness regime and claims he is still able to do 172 press-ups in 60 seconds and 94 press-ups in 30 seconds.[22] In 2002, he published the bookSolitary Fitness, detailing an individual training process with minimal resources and space.[23]

For the past ten years, Bronson has occupied himself by writing poetry and producing pieces of art; he has had eleven books published, including in 2008 his only self-penned book Loonyology: In My Own Words. He has won 11 Koestler Trust Awards for his poetry and art.[24]

On 28 April 2010, BBC News reported that artwork by Bronson were displayed on the London Underground at Angel Station from 26 April 2010 for two weeks. The display was organised by Art Below, which is unrelated to the official Transport For London art program, and there is controversy over whether it should have been shown.[25] His work has since been removed by an unknown party.[25]

[edit]Film of Bronson’s life

Bronson, which loosely follows Bronson’s life, was released in Britain on 13 March 2009. It stars Tom Hardy in the titular role, and is directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.[26] There was some controversy caused at the première, when a recording of Bronson’s voice was played with no prior permission granted by officers at HM Prison Service, who called for an inquiry into how the recording had been made.[27]

[edit]Bibliography

  • Bronson, Charles; Richards, Stephen (2002). Solitary Fitness (2002 ed.). Mirage. ISBN 1902578120– Total pages: 215
  • Bronson, Charles. Loonyology: In My Own Words (2 Nov 2009 ed.). Apex Publishing Ltd.ISBN 1906358117.– Total pages: 466
  • Bronson, Charles. Diaries from Hell: Charles Bronson – My Prison Diaries (1 May 2009 ed.). Y Lolfa.ISBN 1847711162.– Total pages: 464
  • Bronson, Charles; Richards, Stephen (1999). The Charles Bronson Book of Poems: Birdman Opens His Mind Bk. 1 (1 May 1999 ed.). Mirage. ISBN 1902578031– Total pages: 78
  • Bronson, Charles; Richards, Stephen. Silent Scream: The Charles Bronson Story (5 Sep 1999 ed.). Mirage. ISBN 1902578082– Total pages: 248
  • Bronson, Charles. Emmins, Mark. ed. Con-artist (19 Dec 2008 ed.). Matador. ISBN 1848760485– Total pages: 108