October 26, 2018

Between the likes of Charlie Richardson or Frank Fraser (criminals telling stories about what they've done) and Dick Hobbs or LaurieTaylor (academic criminologists who explain and account for crime) there is John McVicar, known in his criminal heyday as 'Britain's most...

October 13, 2018

In the Nineties Frank Fraser spearheaded a surge in the popularity of the ghost-written British gangster memoir, of which he produced a good many. These books were lapped-up by large numbers of people with a nostalgia for tales of the old gangland, told by some of the...

October 9, 2018

There is a tale to be told about London during the Blitz in which the bravery, resilience, public-spiritedness and togetherness of its people do not feature quite as largely as they usually might. It is a secret history, rather, of a wave of criminality so brazen and r...

October 1, 2018

Unlike the more 'celebrated' - if that is the word - Kray Twins (see previous post), the 

Richardson brothers (Charlie and Eddie) from south-east London were not much featured in the popular media of their day - until the 1967 trial that followed their downfall, which s...

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