Tuesday, November 9th, 1999
A DUFF STATEMENT
That nasty verbal bully the former boxing matchmaker,
Mickey Duff, born Monek Prager and self-renamed after a
James Cagney movie character, kept faith with his reputation
when in a TV interview he said that Reggie Kray should never
be allowed out of prison.
When bigots like Duff make a statement of that order it
is clear evidence that authorities are terribly wrong to
keep Reggie in prison.
Justice is only just when it is balanced with compassion.
Reggie is unquestionably being denied compassion and I
challenge the Home Office to give their reason for keeping
his 66-years-old senior citizen in prison. What do they
expect to achieve by prolonging his incarceration? Could it
be they are waiting for Reggie to die in a prison cell?
Reggie killed a fellow gangster Jack McVitie 32 years ago
and the notorious hard-line Judge that passed the mandatory
sentence recommended he serve 30 years.
I knew Jack McVitie as well as anyone. In October '59 in
Exeter Jail he had a 'straightener' with a 'screw' who
challenged him. McVitie ko'd the 'screw'. Later the 'heavy
mob' went into the cell of McVitie and with their sticks
badly beat him up. The next day we plotted revenge and with
a friend of mine, Jimmy Andrews we set a trap for the
Governor and the Chief Officer and ko'd them both.
We were both later badly beaten up by the 'heavy mob' but
we had won a moral victory. As a young man McVitie was a
genuine member of 'The Chaps', loyal, tough and reliable.
However, he became a victim of the curse of the cocktail of
drugs, alcohol and mug influences. In fact not long after I
was sentenced to ten years for the fantasy 'Torture Trial'
events McVitie took an outrageous liberty and tried to
muscle in on a business interest of mine and slashed the
face of a non-violent friend who was taking care of my
For this act of treachery he was later chased out of a
West End club by friends of mine but escaped. Nevertheless,
there were parts of London, and elsewhere, where he dare not
enter. McVitie knew that he would have to answer to me at
some later time and it was only the action by Reggie Kray
over an entirely different matter that denied me the
opportunity to confront McVitie.
During the period when Reggie Kray was a gangster not one
member of the general public had cause to complain against
him or his twin brother. The only complaints came from
fraudsters and fellow villains.
How enormously different this is to the victims of
muggers, rapists and fraudsters who target the elderly?
These members of the lowlife community only target the
vulnerable members of society yet the punishment they
receive rarely exceeds, and often is very much less, leaving
aside most rape cases, the three years Reggie has spent in
excess of the recommended sentence of the hard-line
If Reggie and Ronnie had stayed as residents in Bethnal
Green, East London that area, and other nearby areas, would
be no-go areas for the lowlife muggers and no elderly person
from these neighbourhood's would have had to worry about
fraudsters taking their meagre life savings.
It is well known that the Krays were a close family, yet
during his long, long time in prison Reggie has had to mourn
the deaths from his prison cell of his father, his mother
and his twin brother Ronnie who died in Broadmoor Mental
Hospital. This begs the question: when does reasonable
punishment breach its boundaries and become brutal
Whether it be mental or otherwise, torture cruelly spread
over decades is torture and is degrading to society because
it will achieve nothing.
That reprobate Mickey Duff, the son of a rabbi, claims
that members of his family died in a Nazi concentration camp
and when Anglo-German relations were on the mend he made a
vow that he would never forgive and no German boxer would
appear on any of the promotions in which was associated. In
the circumstances such a spirited stand was
However, when the money was right he was content to walk
with German Karl Mildenberger, behind the German flag when
the German heavyweight fought Muhammad Ali. He also formed
business associations to make money with German boxing
promoters, managers and boxers over many tears.
Duff is also responsible for making the match at
Shoreditch Town in East London between Joe Bugner and Ulric
Regis. The unfortunate Ulric was an opponent for the then
up- and-coming giant heavyweight Joe Bugner. It was the last
fight Ulric fought. He was kayoed and died. Duff was also
instrumental in making the match in Mexico for Welshman
Johnny Owen that resulted in Johnny becoming a fatal
Duff claims that the sole boxer he now manages Billy
Schwer will be his 20th champion. Who were the other 19? It
is recognised in boxing circles that the only people who may
legitimately lay claim to be responsible for guiding a boxer
to a world title are the manager, the regular promoter and
the trainer, full stop!
The Express newspaper described Terry Downes, 'as the
first champion of Duff '. If Duff is claiming that Terry
Downes, the former 60's middleweight champion was his first
champion then he is a liar. The truth is Terry was managed
by Sam Burns and promoted by Harry Levene. It is also fact
that the boxing knowledge of Terry Downes of his potential
opponents and insight of general boxing matters of his
period were unmatched by any of his advisors.
World champions John Conteh, John H. Stracey, Alan
Minter, Frank Bruno, Maurice Hope, were never managed or
trained by Duff. John H. won his title in Mexico and Frank
Warren promoted Frank Bruno when he won his championship
belt. Charlie Magri won his world title when managed and
trained by Terry Lawless.
Despite having a reputation as being litigious Duff never
sued the Sunday Times when he was accused by the newspaper
of being the third man in a cartel that operated in British
He was made a figure of ridicule by Private Eye when they
christened him with the nickname of 'Duffel Bag' and again
he kept his lawyers quiet. It is well known in boxing
circles that there are a number of former boxers, including
former world champions, who did business with Duff, that
Duff would be foolish to give as referee's should he need a
character reference. If the media wants a true character
reading of Mickey Duff why don't they ask former boxer's and
boxing people who have had dealings with him and then print
their comments - and be damned.
According to the The Express he slags off Frank Bruno for
the manner in which Frank was advised by his lawyer to end
his relationship with Duff and did not give notice of the
break over a restaurant dinner table. Probably, Frank knew
who would be landed with the restaurant bill and did not
want to pay to have dinner with the verbal bully Duff. The
important question is not that Frank split from Duff but
It would take an unpleasant person like Mickey Duff to
suggest that Reggie Kray should never be released but then
you should expect nothing less from a creature of his
The sentence of 30 years that was recommended by the
stone-hearted Judge to be served by Reggie Kray was passed
18 months ago. During his 31 years of incarceration Reggie
has seen numerous hated child killers, despised serial
rapists and other lowlifes given their freedom. Some have
re-offended and are now back serving long sentences.
It is a disgraceful fact that the mother of democracy
Great Britain has appeared in the dock at The European Court
of Human Rights on more occasions than any member country of
the European Union and has more previous convictions than
any other fellow member. While there are people in power in
this country who believe it is right to keep a man in prison
for no reason that makes sense to a reasonable person the
list of GB's previous convictions will continue to rise.
It is a contradiction for a nation to call itself
democratic when by its action it is exposed that it has no
egalitarian principles and retains policies that are more
suited to a dictatorship. To continue to detain Reggie Kray
in prison is monstrous and shames the British people. There
has to be a sinister reason why this is happening. Like
anything sinister it is evil and without just cause.
Reggie committed the crime and has served the time. He
has paid in full his debt to society and to detain him any
longer means that he is in the clutches of people with the
mentality of usurious moneylenders who only want a debt to
end when the person dies. If in the name of the people the
indignity of dying in a prison cell is forced upon Reggie
Kray then the whole of society will be shamed.