The Kray's, The KGB, and the mystery of Francis Kray's grave

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The connection between the Kray twins, the establishment and the KGB and just what secret lies in Francis Kray's grave?

Submitted: November 15, 2016

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The Kray's, The establishment, and the KGB.

The krays , all their lives, were subjected to and cultivated a culture of celebrity.  they counted peers and film stars among their friends. Judy Garland and Barbara Windsor were particularly close to Reginald Kray.  
One of the best ever British boxers whom they both enjoyed meeting was the ex-champion Freddie Mills. They would often visit Mills at his club and drink to past victories. There has always been much speculation that the twins were responsible for the death of Mills, but I have not come across any damaging evidence that would tend to confirm this fact. But I do know from Charlie that there were rumours that ‘Nipper’ Read was going to arrest the ex-champ for the ‘Jack the Stripper’ murders. Prostitutes were being found murdered in various places throughout West London but no one was ever prosecuted for the murders. Before the police had a chance of questioning Mills he had already committed suicide by blowing his brains out in a car. The Beatles immortalised this event in their song ‘Day in the Life’, but the real truth will probably never be known in full. One fact did emerge, however, when it came time to read his will. Freddie Mills died almost broke, so it certainly looks as though he was being blackmailed for Something!

When ‘Nipper’ Read wrote his book entitled Nipper in 1991, together with James Morton, in which he mentioned Mills’s death in utmost detail, he suggested that no such arrest was imminent in the ‘Jack the Stripper’ case. But anyone who knows the history of boxing in the UK and the involvement of ‘Nipper’ Read in the Boxing Board of Control knows that he would never disgrace the name of Freddie Mills, one of the all-time greats of British boxing. In any case, Charlie may have been wrong about his involvement. It was all a long time ago and memories can play tricks on the most astute of villains, but there are many strange events surrounding his death that are looked at in more detail later in this book. 

Even the Royal Family was not immune to the Kray treatment. In fact, HRH Princess Margaret made a number of trips to establishments run by the Krays and Ron was so pleased to see her that he even started to compile a regal dossier, something that he kept locked away from prying eyes. This was discovered by the police many years ago but the story of this file has only recently come to the notice of the press. When someone asked for permission to see the file it was quietly moved to another pile of files that are to be kept secret for 50 years. (Refers to princess Margaret).

This has happened many times the establishment invoking  the 75-year rule on the files.  This is not uncommon in a Nazi country like UK where there are many dirty secrets and evidence of corruption to hide.  If they were innocent there would be no need for secrecy. The Establishment are still protecting someone. But who? It was the Lord Chancellor’s department that took this action some time ago, but it shows that the Krays really did have contacts in very high places. In fact, more and more Kray-related files have found themselves on this stack to be tucked away for 50 years or more. One of these is reportedly a note that Ron wrote soon after he shot George Cornell. He admitted the killing, served his sentence and is now dead, so why all the secrecy? All the Public Record Office could say was that they were being kept under wraps to protect informants and avoid upsetting the families of Kray victims. They did admit, however, that the files contained information that would cause substantial distress or endangerment. Now what that means is anyone’s guess. 
Both twins sexuality is a subject of speculation and interest. Once when a member of the firm burst into a bedroom with urgent news he found Reg in bed with a young boy. Ron was openly homosexual and famous for providing boys, the younger the better, for peers and members of the establishment at his famous orgies held in his flat in Cedra Court.

They all loved young boys, the younger the better. And Ron groomed the boys to do anything he wanted and that meant satisfying the needs of people in high places, people in positions of power, people at the heart of the Establishment. Was this the real reason for the suppression of information on the Krays throughout their time in jail and beyond? Even now, the authorities have decided that their voluminous files on the Krays should not be made public, not for many years, not until certain people are dead, buried and no longer of interest to the general public. It cannot be the Krays they are protecting since they are all dead and it cannot be the people they killed or their families, so who is it? The decision preventing these records from becoming public,despite the Freedom of Information Act, comes from the highest echelons of the land. The people – you, me, everyone in the country – have a right to be told the truth, but the powers that be still hide the facts about the Krays and their ‘friends’, and give poor or misleading reasons for doing so.

If they were innocent of wrong doing there would be no need for rich secrecy and it's a well known fact the Nazi government and establishment of UK are up to all kinds of corruption and nefarious wrong Doing. this  Is born out by the Nazi government stealing the election by fraud, and paedophiles at the BbC bring protected for decades by the higher ups with no morals whatsoever.
The question is why? What other names appear in those documents and what was their true connection to the Krays? And how did they influence the police in their attempts to catch the Krays? Remember, it was always said that they had friends in high places. Ron admitted to friends that he was gay when he was in his mid-teens. He did try it with a woman once, but he didn’t like it, so he stuck with boys. Even when he got older he still liked them young, much to the annoyance of his father. ‘Old Man’ Charlie, Ron’s dad, never did understand and neither did the twins’ brother Charlie, but mother Violet didn’t seem to worry about it. The only real problem was that Ron tried to influence his brother, Reg, who appeared to be bisexual. He was always urging Reg to try boys. ‘They are so much better,’ he would tell him. He also made fun of his sexual preferences when he joked with his brother Charlie, saying that Reg also liked boys. Even Reg played games with the family, especially Charlie. ‘Don’t you think boys are nice, Charlie?’ he would ask. ‘I think I could fancy a few, just like Ron.’ So the twins played their games and they enjoyed the company of their ‘boys’. 

He played the same games as Lord Boothby, giving details of houses where the owners were wealthy and the times when they would be away. It was a game with these people; it kept their boyfriends happy and it helped to supply untraceable funds for their various nefarious needs. 

Ron encouraged Driberg, together with Boothby, to attend his orgies at Cedra Court and, needless to say, Driberg had the same desires as his host and the noble lord – young boys. Ron used similar tactics as he did with Boothby. The boys were told to behave ‘or else’. And they knew what ‘or else’ meant. Tom Driberg married some years later and he became Baron Bradwell shortly before his death in August 1976. So the writer of some renown eventually claimed the title that had evaded him all his life. He had the mansion, he had the wife, he had an outrageous lifestyle and, eventually, he joined the ranks of his old pal Lord Boothby. Have no doubts about it, these two men, Lord Robert Boothby and Tom Driberg, were at the centre of what we would call today the Krays’ paedophile ring.
Today leading figures at the BBC mrmbers of US and UK governments are involved in the same  sordid goings on.  Although it may be the case that the ‘boys’ who were their victims were not as young as those we, sadly all too frequently, read about being the victims of paedophiles today, they were below the age of consent as the law stated at the time and some were much, much younger. 

What is astounding is that prominent people knew what Driberg was like, his peccadilloes, his gangster friends, his tastes in human flesh. Winston Churchill, who died in 1965, once said: ‘Tom Driberg is the sort of person who gives sodomy a bad name!’, The current Nazi regime in UK give genocide and cold blooded murder and persecution a bad name.

Bradwell I think he is called’, and then added something about ‘fine fishnet stockings and a chicken.’ And, in Parliament, they knew where he would be when it was time to attend a vote – the police were told to drive over and escort him back from the public toilets on the Albert Embankment. But, after he died, more astonishing news reached the newspapers when it was discovered that Tom Driberg had also been spying for Czechoslovakia. MI5 had been tracking several Labour politicians and deserters from the Eastern Bloc had given up Driberg’s name under interrogation. 

It was all there in their files and kept hidden away until a suitable time. The file on Driberg was getting bigger by the day. There have been unsubstantiated rumours circulating recently that Ron Kray organised boys for hire from his Suffolk home, shortly before his arrest in 1968, and there have also been, again unsubstantiated, rumours of his involvement in a paedophile ring and the filming of so-called snuff films and other films for paedophiles. If there is any truth at all in these rumours then there is a scandal waiting to be told, but for the moment the authorities, whoever they may be, do not want this information in the public domain. One day it will be out there, everything out in the open and I hope I am around to write about it.
 Why exactly did Lord Robert Boothby and Tom Driberg, or Lord Bradwell as he became, manage to survive all their lives without these facts becoming public knowledge? Who was protecting them and why? The answers, when they are revealed, will be shocking and scandalous; they are going to be almost unbelievable, the stuff of Hollywood films. If you want to hear more about Boothby and Driberg watch this space!!!

The mystery in Francis Kray's grave, the engagement ring and Reg Kray's gay lover

Frank Shea was employed as a driver for Reg Kray and was the subject of unwanted advances by Reg who found the young lad irresistible. His advances were rejected because Frank was heterosexual and married later just before Francis's suicide. Not to Frank's liking or that of his parents, especially his mother Elsie, Reg Kray became infatuated with Frank's sister Francis.  She was a timid girl, rather fragile in her mental health and very naive in the ways of the world.  Not surprisingly, she was attracted to the handsome Reg Kray and the glamorous bright lights of his world.  It must have been like dating a movie star for the naive young girl. She was quite early off of her feet.
After her tragic death her mother tried to get the body exhumed from the grand white grave Reg had paid for and have her reburied in the Shea family plot under her maiden name of Shea.  Francis had returned to her maiden name after finally leaving Reg Kray and moving into her brothers flat with him and his new wife.  Frank too bad been concerned for his sister's mental state and hated Reg's repeated attempts to be reconciled with her.

 

Elsie told the authorities when seeking the exhumation of her daughters body that her son, Frank, was an old friend of Ronnie and Reggie Kray and it was through him that her daughter, Frances, had first met Reg when she was 16. Reg had written to her frequently while he was in Wandsworth Prison and the courtship had begun, but, knowing that her family would not give their permission, it was not until she was 21, in 1965, that they were married. Less than a year later Frances was back home with her family and had changed her name back to Shea. She was also trying to get the marriage annulled on the grounds that it was never consummated. The documents include a statement made by Elsie Shea. ‘The marriage was never much of a reality. After a week’s honeymoon in Athens, Reginald Kray sent her to live with his mother. For the rest of her married life she stayed variously with her own family, alone in hotels and in flats provided for her by Kray, in hospital wards and occasionally with women friends of the Krays on trips abroad but never actually with KRAY.
The answer is actually in the definition of the word ‘outlaw’, which means ‘a person excluded from normal legal protection and rights’ and not, as most people believe, a person who operates outside of, or breaks, the law. So, although Reg was a convicted criminal serving 30 years in prison, he was still able to benefit from the law of the land. But, of course, there must have been more to it than just the Home Office agreeing with Reg’s objection, which could easily have been overruled by them based on the compelling argument and evidence provided by Frances’s family. 

Why did the authorities treat Reg with kid gloves, why did they pander to his every need and why were so many people in both the Home Office and the prison service afraid of upsetting him? Maybe it was his friends in high places, such as Lord Boothby and Tom Driberg, or maybe it was the secrets that he took with him to prison. What did he know, and who was involved back in the days when he and his brother were the ‘Kings of Crime’? The prison authorities made one last remark, shown in the records of the time, which demonstrates that they were forced to make such a decision. Someone wrote the following, in summing up their problems: ‘I fear we must run the risk of it being suggested that we are taking Reginald Kray’s side. We have no ground at all for hoping that Kray will mellow in a year’s time, or any number of years’ time.’ And that is just the way it was. Elsie Shea tried on numerous occasions to move her daughter without success. Reg Kray never did change his mind, and he even went to additional lengths to ensure that Frances’s body would never be exhumed, even after his death. The question here again is why? On 8 March 1996, Reg made an interesting decision and a curious one too. He decided to bury Charlie’s son, Gary, who had just died at the age of 44, in the same grave as his wife Frances, even though there was an empty grave space available in the same large family plot. Why do this when there was a vacant space where Charlie could eventually be buried with his only son, reuniting father and son again in death? This was hardly the action of a man who was devoted to his wife’s memory.

 So why did he do it? The answer isn’t difficult to figure out – he did it to make it doubly difficult for anyone in the future to remove the coffin containing his late wife. As Elsie Shea had discovered, Reg, as owner of the plot, had to give his permission for Frances’s coffin to be exhumed and this he had refused to do while he was alive. After his death, though, it is highly possible that the Home Office would have granted Elsie’s wish despite any protest from Reg’s heirs. But, in order to exhume Frances, they would have to exhume Gary first, and that makes it a far more complicated, if not impossible, process. This was a belt-and-braces job if ever I saw one. But the question is still why? Whether or not the Sheas were notified, or asked for their permission, at the time of Gary’s burial is not recorded anywhere. It appears that Reg made the decision and that was that. 

There were now two bodies in the grave and he could feel safe that they would remain there. I am sure that he left instructions with Roberta not to allow the grave to be disturbed and I am sure she will comply with his wishes, whatever the real reason for them. Charlie said at the time of his son’s death that he was penniless, broke and close to bankruptcy. He had to turn to Reg in order to bury his son and he was forced to accept the help that Reg was prepared to give. Charlie had nothing to say except thanks. But why did he agree to Gary being buried with Frances when there was an empty space that could take both Gary and himself? When Reg died in 2000 he left clear instructions to Roberta that he should be buried together with his twin brother Ron in Chingford Mount Cemetery. So now we have mum Violet and dad Charlie together in the same grave; we have Ron and Reg together in the same grave; we have Charlie alone in his grave; and we have the peculiar situation of Reggie’s first love, Frances, buried in the same grave as Charlie’s son Gary. 

Even stranger is the fact that when Bradley Allardyce, Reggie’s cellmate and ‘best friend’ in prison, decided to get married, Reg gave him the engagement ring that he gave to Frances when they became engaged to use as a wedding ring. Again, is this the action of a man who was so devoted to and besotted with his wife, as Reg always claimed he was? So why would Reg go to the lengths he did in order to stop the exhumation of his wife’s coffin? Maybe it really was the fact that he was besotted with her and wanted her close by him in death, but, if this was the case, why bury Gary with her instead of burying him in the plot waiting for Charlie? Why, also, would he give her engagement ring to his, alleged, gay lover? 

Maybe it is simply the case that he didn’t like the Sheas because of the way they interfered in his marriage and this was his way of getting revenge. Or is it that there is something else in the coffin that Reg did not ever want made public knowledge? I am sure many of you will come up with your own theories to explain the mystery of Frances’s grave – that the Krays took advantage of Frances’s death to do one of their ‘double-up jobs’ and there is another body under her coffin; that there is perhaps evidence that she was, as claimed by Allardyce, murdered by Ron. 

But, unless the Sheas are eventually granted their wish and poor Frances is eventually exhumed for reburial elsewhere, we will never know the real reason behind Reg’s actions. There are still many unanswered questions surrounding the Kray family plot in Chingford Mount Cemetery, to the east of London. But for the moment the graves are quiet. It is a place only frequented by ghosts, and they are not talking. We are getting nearer and nearer to the truth, but for the moment it lies buried along with the entire Kray family. The line has ended, the Krays are no more. But the legend lives On.


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