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- Zodiak Rights
- Five - 14 November 2005 11:05pm
An insight into the mad, bad world of the women who devote their lives to gangsters, through the eyes of someone who has been there - Kate Kray.
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Kate Kray, widow of the gangland legend Ronnie Kray leads us into the world of Gangsters’ Wives. Through Kate we meet the women associated with some of Britain’s most infamous villains. This is a world where you are judged by your fur coat – by your Louis Vuitton luggage and your bling. It is also a world ruled by an almost medieval code of conduct – where transgressions are ruthlessly punished. To look at a Gangsters’ Moll in the wrong way can be literally fatal. Her marriage and the contacts it brought, gave Kate a unique insight into this hidden world. She knows from personal experience of the highs and lows. Gangland weddings, funerals, prison visits and bare-knuckle fights were all a part of her life. Today Kate runs an ancient, thatched and oak-beamed inn but has maintained her old ties and friendships. She introduces us to a number of women who have had their own different experiences of living with villains. Together they exchange notes on what it means to be a Gangster’s Moll. How does the stereotype compare to the reality of living with some of the most wanted and dangerous men in the world? In this one-hour documentary Kate travels to the homes of four women who share this common bond. We are shown the glamour, beauty and perks as well as the material gains that come from a life of crime but are also given a privileged position of intimacy from which we can appreciate the emotional costs of these relationships, the fear, uncertainty and the loneliness of life on the edge.