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Monday, 14 January, 2002, 20:55 GMT
Police to investigate Kray case
Reggie Kray's funeral cortege
The Krays became a legend in the East End
The Metropolitan Police are to investigate claims that Ronnie Kray killed his brother's wife.

An inquest at the time concluded Frances Kray had committed suicide.

Reggie Kray's gay lover has claimed that Frances was forced by Ronnie to take the pills that killed her.

However Reggie's widow, Roberta Kray, said Bradley Allardyce had misunderstood her late husband, who had not meant it literally.

Mrs Kray said: "Reg told me on several occasions that Ron had killed Frances but he didn't mean it in a literal sense.

Homosexual killing

"What he meant was that Ron bullied and terrorised her and made her life a misery and Reg did nothing to stop him."

She said investigating the claims would be a "huge waste" of police resources.

Ronnie Kray
Ronnie Kray was openly gay

Bradley Allardyce was released from prison three years ago after serving nine years for armed robbery.

He spent three of those years in Maidstone prison, four cells along the landing from Reggie Kray.

On Monday, it was revealed that another former prisoner had claimed that Kray had confessed to him that he killed a young homosexual.

Peter Gillett, who did time with the notorious gangster in Parkhurst and Maidstone prisons, claims the confession was made in jail 16 years ago.

His revelation, in a television documentary The Krays: Their Empire Behind Bars, comes after the feared East End gangster made a deathbed admission that he committed an as yet unknown about murder.

Alcohol and drugs

Gillet refused to reveal the identity of the victim and it was widely thought to have been Edward "Mad Teddy" Smith, who has been missing since 1967.

He told the television programme: "Sixteen years ago Reg burdened me with the secret of this other murder he did.

"It was not a villain, not a policeman but a young boy, a young gay boy ...he was disgusted with himself for realising that he enjoyed that sort of thing, knowing he was gay or bisexual, and he shot the kid."

Gillett also claimed he himself had been approached by Kray for sex in prison and that Kray had a free reign in jail when it came to alcohol and drugs.

Kray, who died two years ago, was serving life for the murder of Jack "the Hat" McVitie.

Kray and Allardyce both denied they were more than just friends.

'In denial'

But Allardyce told the BBC: "I am openly admitting for the first time that we had a sexual relationship as much as it was against my will and he knew it was against my will.

"So I was always in denial."

Reggie Kray
Reggie Kray married while in prison but was bisexual

But he added: "There is not one day I would change with mine and Reggie's relationship."

The pair spent most of their time at Maidstone in each other's company.

Allardyce revealed that in prison Reggie Kray revealed to him the crime that haunted him the most - the apparent suicide of his first wife.

"I was sitting in my cell with Reg and it was one of those nights where we turned the lights down low and put some nice music on and sometimes he would reminisce.

"He would get really deep and open up to me.

"He suddenly broke down and said 'I'm going to tell you something I've only ever told two people and something I've carried around with me' - something that had been a black hole since the day he found out.

"He put his head on my shoulder and told me Ron killed Frances. He told Reg what he had done two days after."

The Krays' years of crime were ended by a team of Scotland yard detectives led by Leonard "Nipper" Read, who thinks the allegations should be investigated.

"No doubt"

Mr Read said: "Whatever else it is it is an allegation of murder - somebody has made an extreme allegation."

Roberta Kray insists that there was "no doubt at all" that Frances had taken the pills herself.

"Look at the circumstances. Frances was living in a flat with her brother and his wife," she said.

"I think it is ridiculous to suggest that at some point Ronnie Kray went around to see her without anyone else seeing him, persuaded her to take pills and then told Reg that is what he had done.

"I think this is just a situation where Reg has said to Bradley 'Ron killed Frances, he made her take pills', but he didn't mean it in a literal sense."

Bradley Allardyce, Reggie Kray's lover
"He told me Ron killed Frances"
Roberta Kray, Reggie's Widow
"He did not mean it in a literal sense"

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See also:

12 Jan 02 | England
Kray 'murdered brother's wife'
18 Oct 01 | England
'Wall of silence' around Krays
11 Oct 00 | UK
Funeral tributes for Kray
11 Oct 00 | UK
End of an era
01 Oct 00 | UK
Last of an infamous trio
01 Oct 00 | UK
Reggie Kray dies
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