Title - The Kray Brothers The Image Shattered
Author - Craig Cabell
Format - ebook
Source - Review copy via Netgalley
Legends become distorted over time. People have their own interpretation of the story.
This startling account of the Kray Brothers’ activities is one of the most revered and respected ever published.
The Krays never received parole and many people still wonder why. In the end it was the System that won. However, the legend still persists and many people wonder why.
- Why Reggie Kray never consummated his marriage to Frances.
- The real reason why Ronnie Kray killed George Cornell.
- A famous transcript of the Kray trial taken from the original documents.
To shatter the image of the Kray brothers, one must first strip away the celebrity status attached to them and glimpse inside the sharp suits to expose the true characters of London’s most notorious gangsters.
Since 1995 journalist Craig Cabell has been researching the lives of the Kray Twins. After a meeting with their elder brother Charlie shortly after Ronnie Kray’s funeral, Cabell became intrigued by the myths and legends surrounding the lives of the Krays. The resulting book is a fascinating study based on meticulous research at the Public Record Office and on interviews with the Krays’ inner circle.
‘The Kray Brothers: The Image Shattered’ details the criminal life of the Kray Twins up to their incarceration for the murders of Jack ‘the hat’ McVitie and George Cornell. It also takes a closer look at the conspiracies surrounding them and the official line that the Krays never showed any remorse for their crimes, that they were single-minded and made an example of. Cabell delivers a step-by-step account of the murders of these two villains and describes the killing of ‘Mad Axeman’ Frank Mitchell. He also discusses the likelihood of other murders committed by the Krays and finally puts to rest any possibility of the alleged murder of Reggie’s wife Frances by Ronnie Kray.
‘The Image Shattered’ presents the unglamorous truth where inaccuracy and sensationalism have previously been the accepted norm.
With detailed interviews with people close to the Krays, ‘The Image Shattered’ represents a milestone in the analysis of London’s most notorious criminals.
‘Groundbreaking’ - Bibliophile Books
Craig Cabell was a freelance reporter for 20 years, working most notably for The Independent newspaper. He spent five years as an in-house reporter with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) House journal Focus. Craig is the author of 18 biography and history books (and over 20 chap books).
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I'm still undecided on this. It was Interesting in parts, but a little lacking in others, I didn't feel like oh wow.
There is something about the Kray Brothers, that despite what they did and what they were about, they are still a little fascinating.
Evil but Fascinating.
It was interesting to read some of the background of them, how they grew up, how you can go from being a normal child to a monster.
I have read a few books about the Krays and this one is just another one for me. it didn't give me the oh wow this is totally different from all the others.
It was well put together, quite a lot of information, and interesting.
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