Richardson Gang

South London Gangsters

Richardson Gang

"Fat Poof!"

The Torture Gang: The Richardson Brothers

The Richardson Gang, a notorious criminal organization operating in London during the 1960s, gained infamy for their violent and ruthless approach to organized crime.

Led by brothers Charlie and Eddie Richardson, the gang, engaged in a wide range of criminal activities, including extortion, torture, and racketeering, leaving a dark mark on the city’s criminal history.

The Richardson brothers, hailing from South London, established their criminal empire in the early 1960s.

Unlike some other criminal organizations that focused on illegal activities like smuggling or drug trafficking, the Richardson Gang specialized in “protection” and extortion.

They targeted businesses, demanding payments in exchange for the promise of safety and non-interference in their operations. One of the most infamous incidents associated with the Richardson Gang was the “Torture Trial” of 1967.

The trial exposed the brutal methods employed by the gang to maintain control and instil fear in their rivals and victims.

The gang’s enforcers, known as the “Torture Gang,” included figures like George Cornell, Jimmy Moody and Frankie Fraser, who played a key role in carrying out violent acts on behalf of the Richardson brothers.

The police investigation that eventually brought down the Richardson Gang was a result of mounting pressure and public outcry over their reign of terror.

As victims came forward and the extent of the gang’s criminal activities became apparent, law enforcement took decisive action to dismantle the organization.

The turning point came when one of the gang members, George Cornell, was murdered by Ronnie Kray, a prominent figure in the rival Kray Twins gang, after calling him a “fat poof”.

This event led to increased scrutiny of organized crime in London, with the Richardson Gang facing heightened attention from law enforcement.

In May 1967, the Richardson brothers, along with several key members of their gang, were arrested and charged with offenses ranging from extortion to assault.

The subsequent trial, known as the “Torture Trial,” revealed the shocking and sadistic methods employed by the gang to extract money and maintain control over their territory.

Witnesses testified about gruesome acts of violence, including the use of electric shocks, nails through hands, and other forms of torture to instil fear and compliance.

The trial painted a stark picture of the brutality associated with the Richardson Gang’s criminal enterprise.

In July 1967, Charlie and Eddie Richardson were convicted on multiple charges related to extortion and violence. They were each sentenced to long terms in prison.

Other members of the gang also received lengthy sentences, effectively dismantling the organization and sending a powerful message about the consequences of engaging in organized crime.

The Richardson Gang’s era of dominance came to an end with the convictions, marking a significant victory for law enforcement in their efforts to combat organized crime in London.

The trial exposed the inner workings of the gang, showcasing the extent of their criminal activities and the ruthlessness with which they operated.

The legacy of the Richardson Gang serves as a dark chapter in London’s criminal history, highlighting the violence and brutality associated with certain organized crime groups during the 1960s.

The trial not only dismantled the gang but also contributed to a broader public awareness of the need for robust law enforcement measures to combat organized crime and protect the community from such violent enterprises.

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