Kray twins secretly befriended mother of Moors murder victimDecember 16, 2018
‘I pray that you have peace of mind and soul’: Notorious gangsters the Kray twins secretly befriended mother of Moors murder victim, 10, and sent her kind letters from prison
- Ronnie and Reggie Kray sent numerous letters to Ann West throughout the 90s
- Twins, who shared jail with Ian Brady, became obsessed with daughter’s murder
- Lesley Ann raped and murdered by Brady and Myra Hindley on Boxing Day 1964
Notorious East End gangsters the Kray twins secretly befriended the mother of a Moors murder victim and sent her kind letters from prison.
Ronnie and Reggie Kray sent numerous notes to Ann West – whose daughter Lesley Ann Downey, 10, was murdered by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley on Boxing Day 1964.
The letters were discovered in a suitcase by her son Terry West when he was researching his memoir after her death, the Mirror reported.
The identical twins, who shared a jail wing with Brady, are said to have become obsessed with the young girl’s murder.
Ronnie and Reggie Kray sent numerous notes to Ann West (pictured with husband Alan) – whose daughter Lesley Ann Downey was murdered by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley
But Mr West, 68, said the letters were ‘not the kind you would expect’ from men with such extensive criminal records.
He said his mother once mentioned that the twins had written to her, but he didn’t know the extent of their relationship until now.
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Mr West also said he believes his mother may have written to Ronnie and Reggie to get information about Brady in prison – but he’s unsure who contacted who first.
The letters, from the 1990s, were written in ‘near-illegible scrawl’ on personalised headed paper from HMP Maidstone.
The identical twins, who shared a jail wing with Brady, are said to have become obsessed with the young girl’s murder on Boxing Day 1964
One, from Reggie, said: ‘Thank you for your letter and I pray that you have peace of mind [and] soul.’
A second note from Ronnie revealed the Krays tried to meet Mrs West and her husband Andy in September 1990 but Mr West insisted the meeting never took place.
Brady was held at HMP Durham from 1966 until 1970, where the twins were also held from 1969.
Lesley Ann was murdered by Brady and Hindley when she was abducted from a funfair on Boxing Day 1964
Lesley Ann’s murderer would later tell a mental health tribunal he used to cook steaks with the twins – but Mr West is sure the twins would have turned on Brady had they met.
He said: ‘If they had got anywhere near him you can only imagine what they would have done to him. I think they would have seriously hurt him.
‘I know they were ruffians and gangsters and all of that but they didn’t hurt children.’
Lesley Ann was murdered by Brady and Hindley when she was abducted from a funfair on Boxing Day 1964.
The ten-year-old was attacked and strangled at the couple’s home in Hyde near Manchester before being raped, tortured and murdered.
Her naked body was then abandoned in a shallow grave on Lancashire’s Saddleworth Moor.
She was one of five children aged between ten and 17 who were murdered by the pair between July 1963 and October 1965.
The couple were jailed for life in 1966. Hindley died in prison in 2002, while Brady died in a high-security mental health facility in May last year.
The ten-year-old was attacked and strangled at Ian Brady and Myra Hindley’s home in Hyde near Manchester
Mr West also found letters from Brady and Hindley in his mother’s home – in which they cruelly taunted her over her daughter’s murder.
A letter Hindley wrote to Mrs West claimed it was ‘deeply upsetting’ to be described as evil.
She wrote from prison: ‘I know almost everyone describes me as cold and calculating – “evil Myra” – but I ask you to believe that I find all this deeply upsetting.’
But the Krays letters show a different side to the notorious gangsters – who were jailed for life in 1969 for a regime of violent organised crime in London’s East End.
The twins, who were later described as having a ‘love-hate’ relationship and an ‘almost telepathic bond’, were involved in a series of protection rackets, armed robberies, arson, and murders
The twins, who were later described as having a ‘love-hate’ relationship and an ‘almost telepathic bond’, were involved in a series of protection rackets, armed robberies, arson, and murders.
They were initially sent to separate prisons to carry out their life sentences, but their mother Violet’s campaign for them to be reunited saw them transferred to the same one.
Confidential prison records claim the twins were dubbed ‘The Godfathers’ during their time at Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Wight – where they were both worshipped and feared by other inmates.
Ronnie, 61, died after a heart attack at Broadmoor Hospital in 1995. His brother Reggie, 66, passed away five years later due to bladder cancer.
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