Re: RARA-AVIS: Reggie Kray

From: Chris Routledge (
Date: 04 Oct 2000

We've had a lot of really quite sickening "celebration of the life of" the Krays in the UK recently, especially in the tabloids. They and "Mad" Frankie Fraser have been trying hard to build themselves up as lovable old rogues who only ever hurt other gangsters and were just doing their job. They've even been claiming there was less crime when their gang was in charge, a claim almost as spurious as the paramilitarys' claims to be policing drug use in Northern Ireland. Reggie Kray, by the way, claimed to have invented the "Cigarette Punch". Reggie offered his opponent a cigarette, and then when he was holding it in his mouth Reggie threw the punch instead of holding up a match. With the mouth slightly open, it's easier to break the jaw, apparently.

Keep smiling Chris

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