Monday, 16 January 2017

Gangsters mental health - part 1

This post is going to be SUPER different, I'm insanely fascinated by British history which includes British gangsters, the ones I'm most interested in are the Kray twins.. Ronnie and Reggie Kray were two of the most notorious gangsters in England as well as the Richardsons etc.

However, Ronnie Kray was most known for his mental illnesses - he's known as the 'crazy one'. 

He was first labelled insane and then later got diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic at the age of 22 whilst in prison. A lot of people feared him because he was such an unpredictable person and nobody could ever tell what he was going to do next. 
What I find particularly interesting though is he has an identical twin Reggie, so what made Ronnie so different compared to his own twin? Identical twins always have a 70% chance of either having bipolar disorder OR schizophrenia, non genetic factors play a huge role in the onset of these diseases. 

''Scientists have found that it isn't only genetic variations that are important. The epigenetic differences may tell us more about the causes of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, as some alterations were specific to either disease. Importantly, epigenetic processes are potentially reversible meaning that this research could open up new avenues for the development of novel therapeutic drugs.''

So, as well as him having schizophrenia he would take drugs which would inevitably make things so much worse. He was known to do Ecstasy which can also cause psychotic illnesses - so add that to his paranoid schizophrenia it most likely contributed to him committing crimes. Although he was always high as fuck on drugs and living with this unpredictable disease he still kept his morals of not hurting children and women which is pretty interesting because you'd think he wouldn't give a damn, yet he was such a well feared man yet still so well respected whether it's for the wrong reasons, it's upto you all to decide. 

However, I think he's one of the most fascinating people on this planet. I've always been so interested about gangsters and serial killers because really they're just ordinary people yet they can do some of the most heinous crimes - this will be a new little chapter on my blog for a little bit just to see how you all respond an if you like it or not and if not I'll come up with some other ideas but for now I hope you all enjoyed it and yeah hit em up with ideas. 

L x



21 comments:

  1. I really like this, so many people were terrified of the Krays but it just goes to show that even the strongest people are dealing with a war within their own mind every single day!

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  2. Thankyou SO much! Exactly, I really feel like more needs to be said because they fought their own battles inside their heads too. Thanks for reading boo, L x

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  3. Ronnie Kray got severe Diphtheria when a child which can cause mental health problems. My late farther did as well and was prone to extreme mood swings i myself take medication Dosulepin to calm me down.

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    1. Exactly! I strongly believe the system let him down for sure x

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    2. Ronnie got a secondary infection with his diptheria.I cant remember what the infection was but it was touch and go wheather he pulled through.

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  4. I have read your blog it is very helpful for me. I want to say thanks to you. I have bookmark your site for future updates.
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    1. thankyou so much for reading!! I really appreciate that x

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  5. I also read somewhere that as young boys, Reggie almost killed Ron in a fight and he sustained trauma to the head? Could that not also have caused some brain damage?

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    1. Yeah definitely, there's so so many contributing factors to Ronnie and how he was. He was labeled the 'crazy' one yet personally I just think he was massively misunderstood and mistreated x

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  6. They were brutal murderers let's not forget that regardless of mental health (even back then). Horrible and fearful living in London went on because of these men

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    1. It's history, it doesn't affect you now does it? She didn't defend them in this post so what's with the negative response? Respect the post and the author for what and who they are, this is quality content and you seem to have missed that when reading.

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    2. Hello,
      thankyou for the comment BUT I'm going to have to remind you that in this post I repeated SEVERAL times they were notorious gangsters, I never said I agreed with anything they did and if you wanted to know more there's google out there.
      Also, 'murderers' is a term used wrongly in this argument, they may have been brutal sure but that's how gangsters were and are now.
      Times were very different back then because London, Essex, Scotland etc were in a gang war and fighting eachother which the police couldn't help because the police system is and was corrupt.

      Google more about them, I suggest you do your research before leaving comments on a blog.

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    3. A pity more people dont appreciate this fact.

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