Who was “Mad” Frankie Fraser?

“MAD” Frankie Fraser was one of the most feared and respected crime bosses in the West End of the 1960s.

The infamous English gangster turned to a life of crime and before he knew it he was behind bars.


“Mad” Frankie Fraser was a notorious English gangsterPhoto credit: Times Newspapers Ltd

Who was Frankie Fraser?

Frankie Fraser was born on December 13, 1923 at Cornwall Road in Waterloo, London.

His mother was of Irish and Norwegian descent while his father was half Native American.

Fraser was the youngest of five children growing up in poverty – he first turned to crime at the tender age of 10 with his sister Eva.

After dabbling in crime as a child, Fraser continued his later life.

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Fraser was part of the British underworld between the 1940s and 1960s.

During World War II he was a deserter who escaped from his barracks several times.

During the war he became involved in serious crimes for the first time.

When people faced blackouts, rationing, and a lack of professional policing because of conscription, Fraser had ample opportunity for criminal activity, such as stealing homes while residents hid in bomb shelters for security.

In 1941 Fraser received his first sentence when he was sent to Borstal for breaking into a hosiery shop in Waterloo.

He was subsequently sentenced to 15 months for shoplifting at HMP Wandsworth – this was just the first of 20 prisons Fraser was sent to.

After the war, Fraser was involved in a jeweler’s robbery for which he received a two-year sentence, mostly served at HMP Pentonville.

In the 1950s, Fraser’s main criminal occupation was as a bodyguard for well-known mobster Billy Hill.

He was jailed again, this time for involvement in bank robberies.

He was later released in 1955.

The following year, British gangster Jack Spot and his wife Rita were attacked by Fraser, Bobby Warren and at least half a dozen other men at Billy Hill’s behest.

This resulted in Fraser returning to prison again – this time to a seven-year sentence.

But in the early 1960s, Fraser began to take on even bigger crimes when he first met Charlie and Eddie Richardson of the Richardson Gang – rivals of the Kray twins.

According to Fraser, it was they who helped him avoid arrest for the Great Train Robbery by bribing a police officer.

Together they founded the fruit machine company Atlantic Machines, which served as a cover for the gang’s criminal activities.

In 1966, Fraser was charged with the murder of Richard Hart – who was shot dead at Mr Smith’s club in Catford, while other Richardson associates, including Jimmy Moody, were charged with racketeering.

A witness later changed his testimony, and the charges were eventually dropped, although Fraser still received a five-year sentence for racketeering.

He was also tried in the so-called “torture trial,” which accused members of the Richardson Gang of burning, electrocuting and flogging people found guilty of infidelity.

Fraser himself has been accused of using pliers to pull victims’ teeth.

After a trial at the Old Bailey in 1967, he was sentenced to ten years in prison.

Why was he known as “Mad” Frankie Fraser?

Fraser earned his nickname “crazy” during World War II when he managed to extricate himself from military service by pretending to be mentally ill.

To prove his unfitness for the force, he attacked a doctor before jumping out a window at the Bradford Assessment Center where he had been sent.

How long was Frankie Fraser in prison?

Fraser served a total of 42 years in over 20 different UK prisons for numerous violent offences.

But his criminal activities didn’t stop when he was imprisoned.

During his time in prison, Fraser was involved in a number of riots and frequently feuded with prison officials, fellow inmates, and governors.

In 1969, Fraser was one of the masterminds of the great riot at Parkhurst prison, which resulted in him spending the six weeks in the prison hospital for his injuries.

And involvement in such activities often resulted in lengthening of his sentences.

What was Frankie Fraser known for?

Frankie Fraser was known as a notorious torturer and killer, working as an enforcer for some of London’s most feared gangsters.

However, it was during the Richardson gang’s 1967 “torture trial” that Frankie Fraser became nationally notorious.

The trial that became one of the longest in British criminal history.

When did Frankie Fraser die?

On November 21, 2014, Fraser became seriously ill while undergoing leg surgery at King’s College Hospital in Denmark Hill.

Fraser was placed in an induced coma, but just five days later, on November 26, 2014, Fraser died after his family made the decision to turn off his life support.

Funeral of south London enforcer FRANKIE FRASER at Honor Oak Crematorium


Funeral of south London enforcer FRANKIE FRASER at Honor Oak CrematoriumCredit: Ray Collins – The Sun

His funeral took place on December 18, 2014.

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