Author(s): Ronald “Ronnie” Kray, Fred Dinenage (editor)
Publisher: Pan Books
Year of Publication: 1993
Number of Pages: 174
Genre: True Crime, Autobiography
My Story is a book by Ronald “Ronnie” Kray, who made up one-half of the notorious Kray twins alongside Reginald “Reggie” Kray. The twins effectively ruled the London underworld for most of the 1960s until their incarceration in 1969, after they were charged with the murders of Jack “The Hat” McVitie and George Cornell respectively. Both were sentenced to a minimum of 30 years. Reggie Kray spent the majority of his sentence at HMP Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight; Ronnie Kray spent the majority of his at Broadmoor Hospital for the criminally insane.
This is the autobiography of Ronnie Kray, which was written with the assistance of Fred Dinenage in 1993. Despite the twins having been imprisoned for almost twenty-five years at this point, there was still a huge amount of interest and awe in the pair, particularly due to the horror stories that were told about the lengths they had gone to in order to retain power. This was capitalised on by many who had known the Kray twins, and many who claimed to have been close to them, but actually weren’t. The public had heard about the stories from everybody apart from the two who experienced it first-hand. But this was to change in 1988, when Our Story was released.
It received widespread praise and rave reviews upon release and quickly rose in the bestsellers chart. However, Ronnie Kray was unsatisfied. He felt as if the book had skimmed over their lives as gangsters, but had not delved deep enough into who Reggie and Ronnie were as people. This was the impetus for My Story, in which Ronnie opens up like never before, sharing the highs and lows of his life, as well as what life is like inside Broadmoor Hospital – a place that has made paper headlines for all the wrong reasons in the past.
Overall, the book is fascinating as it gives the reader an insight into the mind of a man who, despite the atrocities he carried out, on the surface seems quite ordinary. He shares with the reader his philosophy and general outlook on life; he touches on mental health and the gravity of it, which is plainly ignored when that individual is locked up; and also outlines what his childhood was like, expelling many of the myths that psychologists had used to formulate a distant evaluation on him.
You can find the book on Amazon here: My Story by Ronnie Kray.