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

20 NOVEMBER 2014

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

 

at Littledean Jail

 

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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

STORMIN’ NORMAN BUCKLAND …. ANOTHER HARD BASTARD GUV’NOR LEGEND

A BRIEF INSIGHT INTO THE WORLD OF UNLICENSED BOXING FIGHTS .

THE GUV’NOR STORMIN NORMAN BUCKLAND PICTURED AT THE PREMIERE OF THE CULT GANGSTER FILM KILLER BITCH , ALSO IN THE PICTURES ARE LINDA CALVEY “THE BLACK WIDOW , AND ANDY JONES , OWNER OF THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL.

STORMIN’ NORMAN IS ALSO FEATURED ON DISPLAY AT THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION IN AMONGST VARIOUS OTHER UNLICENSED GUV’NOR LEGENDS .
12259564 12259565 12259574 12259577HERE IS SOME VIDEO FOOTAGE OF THE GUV’NOR STORMIN NORMAN BUCKLAND IN ACTION DURING ONE OF HIS MANY UNLICENSED BOXING FIGHTS .

 

 

HERE’S A MONTAGE OF  CLIPS SOME FEATURING STORMIN NORMAN BUCKLAND .. IN A CAMEO ROLE FIGHTING ALEX REID IN THE 2010 GANGSTER FILM ………” KILLER BITCH”

ROY ” PRETTY BOY ” SHAW – BRITISH ” HARD BASTARD ” FOR SURE !!!!!

     THE GUV’NOR PASSED AWAY BUT HIS MEMORY LIVES ON HERE AT THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL

  R.I.P … ROY “PRETTY BOY ” SHAW 

Roy ‘Pretty Boy’ Shaw was a bare-knuckle true crime legend. Imprisoned almost half his life, for a record breaking armed robbery he pulled in 1963 he emerged from the prison system with the reputation as a ruthless and committed psychopath.

HERE AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL WE HAVE LONG FEATURED A NUMBER OF PERSONAL EXHIBIT ITEMS THAT ONCE BELONGED TO ROY SHAW FOR WHICH HE KINDLY DONATED TO MYSELF  DURING A VISIT TO HIS HOME . THESE INCLUDE HIS UNDISPUTED UNOFFICIAL HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BELT , HIS BOXING TRUNKS , GLOVES , ORIGINAL FIGHT POSTERS ETC….. FOR WHICH HE ALSO CONTRIBUTED A NUMBER OF PERSONALLY SIGNED PHOTO’S ETC .

LONG WILL HE REMAIN IMMORTALISED HERE AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL … ANDY JONES, CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION OWNER

UNDOUBTEDLY ONE OF THE MOST AWESOME HARD BASTARDS ( AND ALSO A GENTLEMAN TOO) …. THAT I HAVE PERSONALLY MET. A MAN THAT HATES CHILD KILLERS , PAEDOPHILES AND ABUSERS AND HAD INFLICTED MUCH PAIN UPON THOSE HE HAD COME ACROSS IN PRISON ….. WHEN THERE WAS NO SEGREGATION WITHIN THE PRISON SYSTEM AS THERE IS NOW .

HERE  ARE SOME BACKGROUND DOCUMENTARY VIDEOS AND WIKIPEDIA DETAILS .. WELL WORTH A LOOK.

THE MEAN MACHINE ,AND UNLICENSED BOXING ” GUV’NOR “- ROY “PRETTY BOY ” SHAW PICTURED WITH A LADY FRIEND BACK IN THE EARLY 1970’S WEARING HIS UNLICENSED  BOXING CHAMPIONSHIP BELT .

NOW ON DISPLAY HERE AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL ….KINDLY DONATED BY ROY MANY YEARS AGO TO THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION BOSS

CLOSE-UP IMAGE OF THE BELT ON DISPLAY HERE AT THE JAIL .

THE BELT IS INSCRIBED – ROY SHAW…. BRITISH HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP 1975-1981

SOME OLD IMAGES TAKEN FROM THE BOOK “CRIME THROUGH TIME”….SHOWING ROY “PRETTY BOY ” SHAW PRESENTING  CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION BOSS ANDY JONES WITH THE BELT AND HIS BOXING TRUNKS SOME TEN YEARS OR SO AGO  AT ROY SHAW’S HOME

Royston Henry Shaw (born 11 March 1936 in StepneyLondon), also known as Roy “Pretty Boy” ShawRoy “Mean Machine” Shaw and Roy West, is an English millionairereal estate investor,author and businessman from the East End of London who was formerly a notorious criminal and Category A prisoner. During the 1970s-1980s, Shaw was a well known and respected figure in the criminal underworld of London and was frequently associated with the Kray twins. Shaw is best remembered today for his career as a fighter on the unlicensed boxing scene, becoming an arch-rival withLenny McLean.

Shaw was born in Stepney, London, to a working class family and from an early age was involved in unlawful behaviour. As an adult Shaw has mainly lived in Bethnal Green. He was acquainted with theKray twins since at least the very early 1960s; Shaw attended the funeral of Reggie Kray in 2000, and was quoted as having said: “We grew up in the same era. They were into protection rackets and I was into blags. I never got in their way and they never got in mine. Ronnie was more of a friend than Reggie, but I’ve come along today because he was one of the ‘chaps’. Today is like the end of an era. The Krays were legends.”[1][edit]Early life

[edit]Prison sentences

Shaw was sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment for a record breaking armed robbery in 1963, one of England’s biggest armoured truck robberies. Shaw allegedly fought his way out of two different holding cells at Her Majesty’s Prison at Maidstoneassaulting a number of prison guards.

Shaw, who claimed he “simply hates the system“, and that the “system could never beat him”, was consistently moved onto different prisons and spent time at Broadmoor Hospital, then known as Broadmoor Hospital for Criminally Insane. According to Shaw’s 1999 autobiography, Pretty Boy, “uncontrollable prisoners, were deliberately drugged up with the aim of turning them into permanent ‘cabbages'”. At Broadmoor, Shaw underwent experimental electroconvulsive therapy in an attempt to control his temper. His doctor claimed that Shaw had at first come across as a large and intimidating yet soft-spoken gentleman, but when faced with treatment he didn’t want, Shaw became “the most powerful and dangerous man I have ever tried to treat.” The doctor reported the treatments as having been a complete failure, and only served to make Shaw even more aggressive and unpredictable.

Shaw routinely stabbed informers and even slashed the throat of a former best friend while incarcerated due to his strong belief in a “code of honour” amongst criminals which must not be broken.

During his time in Broadmoor, Shaw again encountered Ronnie Kray. Shaw also spent time with such characters as Ronnie Biggs and Charles Bronson at other prisons. By 1974, Shaw had already spent around 18 years in more than 22 different prisons.[2]

[edit]Unlicensed boxing career

Shaw claims to have had ten fights in his twenties using the alias “Roy West”. However information on these has proven difficult to track down. His early boxing career was cut short when he was incarcerated.

On his release from prison, Shaw started fighting unlicensed (i.e. not sanction by the official UK boxing body) boxing matches in 1978, aged 42, and gained many infamous victories, including one overDonnie “The Bull” Adams. Shaw also beat former world heavy weight contender Ron Stander, who had also previously fought Joe Frazier for the heavyweight title. Stander however broke a rib before the fight with Roy Shaw. Shaw would later say in his book that he kept hitting Stander with punches which had no effect on Stander – until he found his broken rib. In Roy’s words if Stander had not broken his rib he would have ‘mullered me’.

His fights with arch-rival Lenny “The Guv’nor” McLean were described by critics as among the bloodiest of the century and drew massive crowds. Shaw beat McLean in their first fight, but lost in two other matches to McClean. Shaw claimed in his autobiography that they only fought twice, but later he admitted on his website that there were indeed three fights with McClean of which he lost two and won one. However, it must be noted that McClean was by far the bigger man and also much younger than Shaw. Shaw was well into his forties when he and McClean fought and was giving away stones in weight.

Roy states on his website that the two unlicensed boxers he most admires are Cliff Field and Johnny Waldron, both of whom also defeated McLean.

Roy Shaw’s unlicensed fight record is – 11 Fights, 9 Wins, 8 K.O.s, 2 Losses, 0 Draws.

[edit]In other media

[edit]Press

Shaw was something of a minor celebrity in the tabloids in the late 1970s and early 1980s, in which frequent articles were written on him, due to a pique of interest in British gangsters in the general public. Shaw has sometimes appeared in the press in recent years, such as his attending of Ronnie Kray’s funeral or his 2009 court case (see 2009 court case section below).

[edit]Television

Shaw appeared on political debate television show Question Time in 1980, discussing the topics of crime and punishment. Archive footage of Shaw with the Kray twins has also popped up on occasion in documenaries on the Krays.

[edit]DVD

Shaw was the subject of a 2006 documentary DVD, released in the US by Entertainment Programs, Inc. & in the Uk by Gangster Videos, entitled Roy Shaw: Brute Force. It was directed by Liam Galvin and contained original footage of Shaw’s unlicenced boxing matches, and also interviews with Shaw himself and other former criminal underworld figures and boxers he was associated with. It was followed up with a second DVD Roy Shaw’s Fight School which was also released by Gangster VideosAmazon.com.[3] In 2010, he appeared in Galvin’s controversial movie Killer Bitch which featured a host of crime legends playing himself.[4]

[edit]Internet

Shaw maintains his own official website (currently off-line), and has a MySpace page[5] and a Facebook page.[6] Numerous boxing bouts in which Shaw fought were recorded but were hidden for years due to their semi-legal nature at the time of recording, although many of these recordings have nowadays surfaced and become available for viewing on Youtube.

[edit]Books

Shaw has been mentioned or discussed in numerous books, most notably in arch-rival Lenny McLean‘s 1998 autobiography The Guv’Nor. and Hard Bastards by Kate Kray.

Shaw co-wrote a book with Kate Kray, the widow of Ronnie Kray, entitled Roy Shaw: Unleashed. The book was published by Blake Publishing and released on 23 May 2003, and currently has a sales rank of 747,208 on Amazon.com.[7] The book is a collection of stories and anecdotes about the criminal underworld of London in the 1970s/1980s, as well as Shaw’s boxing career.

Shaw’s autobiography, entitled Pretty Boy, was also co-written by Kray. It goes into further detail Shaw’s early life, personal and private life, time in prison, and also expanding on stories begun in his previous book. The new edition of Pretty Boy was published on 11 September 2007 by John Blake Publishing,[8] and is currently classed as a bestseller of the crime/boxing biography genre on Amazon.com, with a sales rank of over 425,000.

[edit]Later life

Shaw, now aged 74, despite a number of relationships, never married and still lives alone in Waltham AbbeyEssex, and keeps two Rottweilers as pets. He has recently become a millionare after selling off land in Chadwell Heath that had skyrocketed in value since he bought the land two decades before.

In 2000, Shaw was one of the most well-known mourners to attend the funeral of Reggie Kray, a life-long friend. Shaw said of Kray: “Kray came from an era before drugs became common currency, when there was honor among thieves and few criminals double-crossed their friends. In those days there was loyalty. Nowadays they are all having each other over all the time.”[9]

Having served all his prison sentences, Shaw has stated that he is going legitimate and is retired from both a life of crime and bareknuckle boxing. Shaw became a businessman and author with numerous financial and non-financial ventures, such as a bestselling autobiography. He appeared in two documentary DVDs by Director Liam Galvin, ‘Roy Shaw: Brute Force’ and ‘Roy Shaw-Fight School’ and later made a cameo in the notorious Gangster Film ‘Killer Bitch’, he also became involved in numerous internet ventures, and real estate investment. The land investments, something Shaw had actually been involved in since before his first prison sentence, were the ventures which eventually made Shaw a millionaire.

[edit]2009 land sale court case

Shaw formerly owned highly valued land in Chadwell Heath, northeast London, which he sold in a £2.6 million land sale in 2008. Shaw allegedly gave £643,000 of this to Linda Finnimore, 43, a former girlfriend he had met in Spain some two and a half decades earlier. Finnimore had managed Shaw’s business affairs and acted as a manager when he was a boxer, and the two had allegedly enjoyed an extravagant lifestyle together. At one time Miss Finnimore called herself Linda Kray, claiming to be a daughter of Reggie Kray upon which Shaw would allegedly show her off to other underworld figures as a “trophy wife“, although in reality the two never married.

After the sale of land in Chadwell Heath, Finnimore, who had remained amicable with Shaw before the sale, then proceeded to file a lawsuit with the High Court against Shaw. She claimed that he had broken their verbal contract that he would give her half of the £2.5 million, some £1.25 million of it, much more than the £643,000 she had received. Shaw claimed there was no such verbal contract, and that furthermore, he had not even authorised the money she had already taken from the land sale. Shaw had sole legal possession of the land when he sold it, and there was no written contract between Shaw and Finnimore regarding the land sale.

High Court judge Sir John Lindsay said both charac

ters were part of a “criminal milieu… of villains and gangsters”, and that Shaw had liked to “show her off as a girlfriend” and that Finnimore had been “untruthful” in her case evidence. Of Miss Finnimore, the judge said: “She, for whom the word ‘feisty’ could have been minted, is more educated than he and far more intelligent. Unfortunately, her considerable skills have not always been applied to acceptable purposes.”

Judge Lindsay ultimately dismissed Miss Finnimore’s claims against Shaw in March 2009 and ruled there was no such verbal contract and ordered Finnimore to repay the money, together with sums of £208,450, £20,000 and £57,000, plus interest. Shaw was awarded nearly £1 million in total. Judge Lindsay said that when it was put to Mr Shaw in court that he intended to transfer £643,000 to her, he replied: “Don’t talk so silly – she took me for a right mug.”[10]