Fight for Reg's Freedom
beginning of 1999 I received an email from an associate of Reg Kray asking
me to get in contact.
never met Reg before but knew only too well the stories of murder and
extortion that were attributed to the Kray family and their associates.
up in North London but continued my secondary education in the East End
due to the lack of appropriate catholic schools in the area. It was at
St. Bernard's Secondary Modern in Damien Street, just off the Whitechapel
road. And I used to catch the bus back to Holloway right outside the Blind
Beggar pub where Ronnie Kray would eventually kill George Cornell.
we had never met, and under normal circumstances would never have even
been in the same company, I had been summoned by a henchman of the Legendary
in England had heard of the Krays so it came as quite a surprise when
they too had heard of me!
out that they knew about me through my association with 'MAD' Frankie
Fraser, 'gangland enforcer' and their one time gang rival but now a true
and trusted friend. But that is another story!
was arranged at 'The Safe House' at a location somewhere in Essex.
As I approached
'The Safe House', I wondered if I was doing the right thing, remembering
briefly what had happened to Jack 'the Hat' McVitie when he was invited
to that fateful party in Evering road, Stoke Newington.
greeted by a young man who called himself Rob Ferguson and another man
who will remain nameless.....
of the meeting was that Reg wanted me to do some work for him. And it
was imperative that it should be done pretty quickly!
considering the proposal I nervously told them it would cost them £9,000
for my specialist services.
further negotiations an offer was made and I couldn't refuse!
to do it for free!!!!!
out that the 'henchman' Rob Ferguson was in the music and audio business
designing recording studios and supplying equipment for concerts and pop
chap still remains nameless simply because I can't remember who he was!
House' was the name of Rob's office out in the sticks, probably named
because of his association with Reg and Roberta Kray...but nothing more
sinister than that.
heard of the work I was doing with Frankie Fraser and they too wanted
my services, as a web designer!
an online presence to push forward the campaign for Reg's release who
at that time had almost served his 30 year prison sentence.
was important that the web site was in place for the completion of his
30 year recommended sentence.
due consideration by Reg's associates it was decided that there wasn't
enough money available to contemplate this new form of campaigning, a
medium that they didn't understand and had no way of measuring how successful
it would be.
polite and said thank you but 'no'.
a freelance designer, who didn't particularly like working for a company
and as a consequence work didn't come as regularly as I would have liked.
And being turned down for a job, that I thought was 'in the bag' was a
meeting was at the end of February 1999 and within a couple of weeks I
found myself working on the web site for nothing!
time the authorities seemed to be getting more lenient towards people
who had done the most disgusting of crimes...and in particular Sidney
Cooke who was implicated in the murder of a young boy for sexual gratification
and being released by the police knowing full well his involvement.
make sense to me that these people were enjoying their freedom after what
seemed only minimal sentences while Reg Kray remained in prison after
30 years for the killing of Jack 'the Hat', a small time gangster and
to be imprisoned and if the death penalty had not been abolished a few
years earlier then this web site and the Kray legend would not exist.
Reg was imprisoned for 30 years, some say it was excessive, but if compared
to the sentences handed out to the Great Train robbers for stealing £2
million then it could be said that Reg was lucky!
by now almost completed his 30 year sentence all but 8 weeks, and it was
made clear by Jack Straw the then Home Secretary that he would not be
released in the foreseeable future if ever.
clear to me that Reg was being kept in prison more for political reasons
than any other.
also clear that there was a real need to keep Reg's situation in the public
eye and although the campaign for Reg's release had been in operation
for many years it didn't have the capabilities of keeping him in the limelight.
So I decided,
although in need of paid work, that I would take on board the online campaign
for Reg's release.
would do this for free providing that I could tell the Kray story the
way I saw it, as an outsider with no previous involvement with the Kray
concept of the site would be to tell the Kray story as it was, warts and
all and let the public decide if Reg should be released.
overwhelmed with the response to the web site with thousands of visitors
in its first few days.
authorities were inundated with thousands upon thousands of online petitions
for Reg's release.
we know only too well that Reg was released after serving 32 years, because
he had inoperable cancer.
I am sure
that had he not been Ill he would have been released to spend his last
days in peace with his wife Roberta.
hope that this web site helped Reg as much as it has helped me in understanding
human nature, and that the principles on which it is based, will help others
in similar situations get there message across to the millions of ordinary
people who use the Internet.
true people power.