Reginald and Ronald Kray were born at Hoxton, London in 1933. After an apparently trouble free childhood they embarked on a criminal career which included robbery and protection rackets, the latter being something that is all but unheard in the new millennium. They invested the proceeds of their crimes in legitimate businesses, including a night club in the West End of London, which earned them a certain celebrity. Reggie, the older of the two, had a flair for business, and had he been so inclined he could probably have put his criminal past behind him, but it was not to be. The Krays crossed the line with the murder of George Cornell, a member of the rival Richardson gang. In March 1966, Ronnie shot Cornell in a public house in front of numerous witnesses, although none would testify against him.
Eventually, New Scotland Yard decided enough was enough, and the Krays and their "firm" were arrested and brought to trial. The brothers were convicted of the murder of Jack McVitie, and Ronnie and another accomplice were convicted of the Cornell murder. They were jailed for life; Ronnie was later transferred to Broadmoor, an institution for the criminally insane; he died in 1995. His brother was released from prison on compassionate grounds in August 2000, after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, and died shortly after.