Notorious British gangster whose criminal enterprise with his twin brother Reggie controlled London throughout the 1960s. Under the guise of legitimate businesses, largely nightclubs, they became two of the most feared and untouchable people in the city, engaging the likes of protection rackets, robberies, and murders.
After their dishonorable discharge from the army, they started engaging in serious criminal activity, which ultimately landed Ronnie in jail for 18 months.
He was openly bisexual, and his rumored relationships with male members of Parliament made both parties unwilling to encourage police action against the brothers, fearing the backlash if these rumors were confirmed.
He was the younger twin by 10 minutes. He had an older brother named Charles. After being sentenced to life in prison in 1969, he was moved to a mental hospital on grounds of insanity in 1979 until his death in 1995. During that time, he got married and divorced twice.
Due to their more legitimate enterprises on the nightclub scene, they achieved some degree of celebrity and were photographed by famed photographer David Bailey.