Joseph Jones, who wept as he was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison, claimed he was playing poker on the night Mr Finney was killed. 'We will never fully understand the motive for such brutality and only those individuals responsible for John's death will know exactly what happened to him.'. Reggie was taken to see him earlier this week - the first time they had seen each other since the funeral of Ronnie in 1995. Finally, after staging a dry run of the murder plot, they kidnapped Mr Finney and drove him 30 miles at gunpoint in a van to a business unit in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, where he was interrogated, tortured and killed. One former criminal, who knew the Krays well, said last night: "It's plain wrong to say Charlie was the brains behind the Kray empire. Two other men also on trial for Mr Finney's murder were cleared. His son Gary died in 1996. Instead, he became his brothers' theatrical agent, responsible for booking acts at their bars and nightclubs, including The Double R. A goodlooking and affable man, he appeared to enjoy the glitz, becoming a confidant of Jackie Collins, Judy Garland, the boxer Sonny Liston and Christine Keeler. Murdered: John Finney was attacked because the Joneses claimed he had stolen a consignment of their drugs. Although the father and son had the industrial unit cleaned twice, spots of Mr Finney's blood were found on a wall.

"I discovered that the minor irritations the name Kray had caused me before my sentence were now major problems," he said. He did not mete out the beatings that the twins did, nor did he abandon them in disgust at their behaviour. On limited evidence, Charlie was accused of helping the twins dispose of McVitie's body. Ronnie and Reggie were 14 at the time. or debate this issue live on our message boards. An accomplished amateur boxer, Charlie represented the navy as a welterweight against the army and the air force, and encouraged the twins to join a local gym. or debate this issue live on our message boards. Charlie's girlfriend, Diane Buffini, and two other friends were at his bedside when he died. ', Infamous family: Norman Jones's father-in-law Charlie Kray, centre, with twins Reggie, left, and Ronnie in the East End in 1965.

Mr Finney's naked body was found two weeks later behind a garage block. As the twins grew up, their reputation spread. He lived and died a Kray. He had an affair with Barbara Windsor in the early 1960s, but this fizzled out when he refused to leave his wife, Dolly. Charlie, who has died aged 73 at St Mary's Hospital, near Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Wight, owed nearly everything that came to him in life - both good and bad, whether he liked it or not - to the twins. Keys to Mr Finney's truck were found in the torched van.

Charlie suffered a stroke last year and was readmitted to hospital in March following a heart attack.

"I should have saved my breath. In a statement, Mr Finney's family said: 'The past year has been so very hard for us as a family. Reggie was found guilty of stabbing Jack "The Hat" McVitie. As ever with the Krays, it is hard to distinguish myth from reality.

Three years ago, he was jailed at Woolwich crown court for 12 years for his role in plotting to bring cocaine worth £39m into the country. Reggie was. Why not be the first to send us your thoughts, When he was released in 1975 he tried a variety of jobs; from selling cutlery and silverware at the Ideal Home Exhibition to managing a pop group and property development - but he quickly realised that steady work would be hard to find. One former criminal, who knew the Krays well, said: "It's plain wrong to say Charlie was the brains behind the … Charlie wasn't like the twins, whatever others say. ", • Charlie Kray, criminal, born 1926; died April 4 2000, Elder brother's life of crime in the shadow of the notorious twins.

Mr Finney started receiving anonymous calls demanding the 'gear' and warning 'a lump of lead would be put in him' and he could end up 'in a box'. They acted after a consignment of drugs went missing from one of their vehicles at a farm where the father-of-four lived in a caravan. Charles' mother had been in domestic service in Highgate. Perhaps only one thing is certain. His head and his hands were never found. Judge Mr Justice MacDuff told them: 'You are both evil men. Let's go': Trump posts feisty 60 Minutes interview with Lesley Stahl in which he walks out after 37 minutes - two days BEFORE official broadcast, 'You can't make this stuff up': Eric Trump accuses Joe Biden of 'hiding from one of the biggest scandals in American history' amid Hunter laptop storm, Senate Judiciary Committee votes to subpoena Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg over 'censoring' Hunter Biden laptop story, Republicans vote through Amy Coney Barrett to full Senate floor vote in last step to her SCOTUS confirmation - despite Dems boycotting committee hearing, Louisville police major who oversaw the unit that sent officers to Breonna Taylor's home is investigated after being accused of 'pressuring' and 'cross-examining' investigators probing the shooting, The 2016 deposition that Ghislaine DIDN'T want you to read: Maxwell 'pounds' interview table in rage as she admits to intimacy with Epstein but denies underage orgies, says Clinton didn't visit 'Pedo Island' and there was no 'basket of sex toys', 'Everything Virginia Roberts says is a lie': Prince Andrew repeatedly told Ghislaine Maxwell his sex accuser was untruthful, court documents reveal, Prince Andrew's name is REDACTED in bombshell documents: Ghislaine Maxwell claimed she could not remember infamous picture taken at her London house with Virginia Roberts and the royal, Why aren't US COVID-19 mortality rates catching up with surging cases yet?

What money he had he spent, which might have lured him back into the underworld. He died aged 73 while serving a 12-year sentence for his part in a drugs plot. Perhaps only one thing is certain. His health deteriorated over the coming months and his brother Reggie was moved to Parkhurst to be with him in his final hours. Detective Chief Inspector Bill Jephson, who led the investigation, said: 'John was the victim of a calculated and pre-planned savage attack. When the twins' empire came crashing down in 1969, Charlie was inevitably dragged with them. Friends of the Krays say the twins frowned on Charlie for this, and were angry that he did not put more effort into securing their release.

His father, who was jailed for a minimum of 33 years, said he had never met the victim.

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Charlie's girlfriend, Diane Buffini, and two other friends were at his bedside when he died. Charles Kray was born in Shoreditch, East London in 1907 and in the 1911 Census, he was listed as living at 55 Essex Street, Hoxton, London with his brothers John George Kray, James John Frederick Kray, Albert Charles Kray, Billy Kray and Alfred Kray. In his book, Me and My Brothers, Charlie described how he remonstrated with the boys for knocking out two men who had insulted a friend of theirs.

Charlie claimed to have been a peripheral figure in this organisation. Charlie Kray was the elder brother of gangster twins Ronnie and Reggie.

Sadistic: Kray's grandson, Norman Jones and his son Joseph, right, tortured their victim before killing him.

He claimed he was set up by the police. The pair then set fire to the van in an attempt to get rid of the evidence.