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Kray Twins Mansion Where Police Dug For Bodies Is On Sale

Dominic Smithers

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Kray Twins Mansion Where Police Dug For Bodies Is On Sale

A house that used to belong to the infamous Kray twins is up for sale.

At one time, Ronnie and Reggie ruled London's criminal underbelly with an iron fist, fighting off competition from rival gangs and building a hugely powerful empire.

After amassing what was quite literally an extortionate amount of money, in 1967, the menacing siblings purchased a secluded rural mansion called The Brooks, in Suffolk, for £11,000.

Even gangsters need a bit of peace and quiet every now and again, I guess.

To put that into some context, £11,000 over 50 years ago would have been the equivalent to around £186,113 in today's money.

The Krays ran London's criminal underworld with an iron fist. Credit: Alamy
The Krays ran London's criminal underworld with an iron fist. Credit: Alamy

Ronnie and Reggie were actually at the house the weekend before they were arrested for the murder of George Cornell and Jack 'The Hat' McVitie in 1968.

McVitie was an East London gangster who had worked previously with the infamous twins.

However, his relationship with the pair had soured following a failed killing that he had been paid for, and he was murdered at a house party in Stoke Newington on 29 October 1967 by Reggie.

Following a trial at the Old Bailey, the pair were sentenced to life in prison.

Their older brother Charlie was also jailed for 10 years for helping his brothers dispose of McVitie's body; he was released in 1975.

But while its grisly past might not put you off, the price might.

They bought the huge countryside mansion in 1967 for £11,000. Credit: East Anglia News Service
They bought the huge countryside mansion in 1967 for £11,000. Credit: East Anglia News Service

If you fancy moving into the gangster's old pad, which hasn't been sold in the past 30 years, you will need a bit more than they did.

That's because the seven bedroom property will now set you back a cool £2.25 million.

So you best have a look down the sofa and see if there's any spare change knocking about.

According to the estate agents, Bedfords, it dates back to the 16th century and is an "exceptional unlisted period house of elegant proportions and versatile accommodation".

There is also a separate cottage on the grounds and "an enormous range of high-quality outbuildings" with a gym, an office and a games room.

It is now on the market for £2.25m. Credit: East Anglia News Service
It is now on the market for £2.25m. Credit: East Anglia News Service

Last year, a former member of the gangster 'firm' run by the Kray twins described how he helped to dispose of the body of McVitie following his brutal murder by Reggie.

Chris Lambrianou spent 15 years in prison for his role in the crime after he and his brother refused to give evidence against the twins.

While some see the brothers as 'heroes', Chris says they're anything but.

"They wrote books about how they committed the crimes, but they could have done that when they were standing in the dock," he said.

"Instead of doing it to earn a few measly quid when they were inside. I'm sorry, but they're not heroes. They're losers."

Featured Image Credit: East Anglia News Service/Alamy

Topics: UK News

Dominic Smithers
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