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The Peer and the Gangster

By Daniel Smith

9780750997522

ISBN: 9780750997522

Published: 27-08-2021


The Peer and the Gangster

By Daniel Smith

ISBN: 9780750997522

Published: 27-08-2021

About This Book

In July 1964, the Sunday Mirror ran a front-page story headlined: PEER AND A GANGSTER: YARD ENQUIRY. The newspaper reported that the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police had ordered an investigation into an alleged homosexual relationship between ‘a household name’ from the House of Lords and a leading figure in the London underworld. Lord Boothby was the Conservative lord in question, and Ronnie Kray the infamous gangster. The report threatened a scandal even more explosive than that of the Profumo affair the previous year. Yet within a couple of weeks the story had been killed off. In The Peer and the Gangster, the full saga of the cover-up and its far-reaching consequences is revealed, and exposes how eminent figures from the political firmament, the Security Service, the Metropolitan Police, the legal profession and the media saw to it that the Sunday Mirror’s story was crushed almost as soon as it emerged.

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