Daily Archive for May 16th, 2006


A former gay lover and prison confidant of a famous criminal alleged the gangster revealed his first wife was murdered by his twin brother. An inquest at the time concluded his wife had committed suicide, and no one knew about this twin brother then.


Two identical twins were the most notorious criminals of the 1960s, heading an organised underworld empire of protection rackets, violence and murder. They were not well known to the public until the press revealed a homosexual relationship between a prominent peer and a leading thug in the London underworld, obviously one of the twins.


The power of gangsters has been heightened in recent years by the availability of mobile phones, smuggled through prison security, enabling members to run criminal activities from the safety of their cells.


For 60 years, a German archive documenting Nazi war crimes helped survivors of the Holocaust trace missing relatives but the archive was closed to the public. There are 17 million names in it. The Nazis recorded everything; from the number of lice on a prisoner”s head to the exact moment of execution. There is very personal information, too: names of collaborators, homosexuals and prostitutes. Now, 60 years after the end of the war, many feel they should be opened.