The Kray twins had sex with each other as teenagers so no one else would know they were gay, a biographer claims.
Gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray terrorised east London in the 1950s and 60s with their thuggery and violence all the while keeping their homosexuality a secret, John Pearson wrote.
One of his books became second only to the Bible for popularity among locked up criminals, but Ronnie's shocking admission was in another, MyLondon reports.
The author chose to only publish the twin's shocking allegation once they had both died and his book Notorious: The Immortal Legend of the Kray Twins hit shelves in 2011.
Mr Pearson, who died last year aged 91, interviewed both twins upon their personal invitation and claims Ronnie disclosed the secret of the incestuous relationship.
The author said: “Homosexuality was nothing to be proud of in the East End.
“But as they became more notorious, Ronnie became quite shameless about it.
“According to Ron in the early days they had sex with each other because they were terrified about people finding out.”
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Mr Pearson wrote three books on the Krays, including their 'official' biography The Profession of Violence, which was said to be the second most popular book in H.M.'s prisons after the Bible.
The author claimed Ronnie Kray disclosed the shocking secret during one of their interviews, but didn't reveal it until after both twins had died, for fear of retribution.
Ronnie died of a heart attack in Broadmoor secure hospital in 1995, and five years later Reggie also died, of cancer, after being released from prison on compassionate grounds.
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Mr Pearson said the twins discovered they were gay during their adolescence, adding: “Given their identical genetic make-up, it was virtually inevitable that if one twin was, the other would be too.”
He wrote: “It was hardly surprising that, for the time being, both the twins kept their sexual preferences to themselves.
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“According to Ron, for quite a while they were so concerned to keep their secret hidden that the only sex they had was with each other.”
The Krays ran a notorious criminal network in the 60s, with an empire of nightclubs and a reputation of fear built on hijacking, armed robbery and arson.
The police eventually caught up with the twin brothers, who went to prison for murdering fellow gangsters George Cornell and Jack McVitie.
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