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Bat­tle

“fat poof” af­ter first meet­ing the Krays while in Shep­ton Mal­let Prison.

Shortly af­ter the in­ci­dent Cor­nell was seen walk­ing down Whitechapel Road shout­ing: “Where’s that fat w*nker?’ re­fer­ring to Ron­nie Kray.

Ron­nie Kray showed up at the Blind Beg­gar pub where Cor­nell was drink­ing, and shot Cor­nell through the head at close range.

In March 1966 a gun bat­tle took place in a club called Mr Smiths in Rushey Green with the Richard­son gang go­ing there in­tent on wip­ing out the Krays.

There was only one mem­ber of the Kray gang present, Dickie Hart, who was shot dead.

Frankie Fraser, a good friend of the Richard­sons, was shot in the hip and Eddie Richard­son was shot in the back­side.

They were taken to hospi­tal and on their re­lease they were charged with af­fray and sen­tenced to five years in prison.

Frankie Fraser was also charged with the murder of Hart but was found not guilty.

Other no­table char­ac­ters in the Richard­son gang in­cluded the no­to­ri­ous hit man Jimmy Moody, Roy Hall, who op­er­ated the elec­tric gen­er­a­tor, Al­bert Long­man and Tommy Clark.

Moody was an en­forcer for the Richard­sons, but also car­ried out free­lance work for the Krays and be­came one of the most feared crim­i­nals to emerge from the Lon­don un­der­world.

A fur­ther mem­ber of the gang, Harry Beard, was known for fre­quently uri­nat­ing on a col­lec­tor of pro­tec­tion money, who was twice warned by the Richard­sons af­ter he pock­eted their money.

An­other in­fa­mous killing at the time was that of Jack “The Hat” McVi­tie, a mi­nor mem­ber of the Krays’ gang, who was killed by Reg­gie in a move that even­tu­ally led to their con­vic­tions.

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