Notorious East End gangsters, the Kray twins, secretly befriended the mother of a Moors murder victim and sent her friendly letters from prison.
Ronnie and Reggie Kray sent numerous notes to Ann West – whose daughter Lesley Ann Downey, 10, was killed on Boxing Day 1964 by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.
The letters were discovered in a suitcase by her son Terry West when he examined his memoirs after her death, the mirror reported.
The identical twins, who shared a prison wing with Brady, would have been obsessed with the murder of the young girl.
Ronnie and Reggie Kray sent many notes to Ann West (pictured with husband Alan) – whose daughter Lesley Ann Downey was murdered by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley
But Mr. West, 68, said that the letters were not the kind that you would expect & # 39; of men with such extensive criminal registers.
He said his mother once said that the twins had written her, but he did not know the extent of their relationship so far.
Mr. West also said that he believes his mother might have written Ronnie and Reggie to get information about Brady in prison – but he is not sure who first contacted Brady.
The letters from the nineties were written in & almost unreadable scribbles & # 39; on personal stationery from HMP Maidstone.
The identical twins, who shared a prison wing with Brady, would be obsessed with the murder of the young girl on Boxing Day 1964.
One of Reggie said: "Thank you for your letter and I pray that you have peace of mind [and] soul. & # 39;
A second letter from Ronnie revealed that in September 1990 the Krays tried to meet Mrs West and her husband Andy, but Mr. West insisted that the meeting never took place.
Brady was held from 1966 to 1970 in HMP Durham, where the twins were also held from 1969.
Lesley Ann was murdered by Brady and Hindley when she was kidnapped from a fair on Boxing Day in 1964
Lesley Ann's murderer later told a mental health tribunal that he cooked steaks with the twins – but Mr West is certain that the twins would have done Brady if they had met.
He said: & # 39; If they had come close to him, you can only imagine what they would have done to him. I think they seriously hurt him.
I know it was villains and gangsters and all that, but they did not hurt children. & # 39;
Lesley Ann was murdered by Brady and Hindley when she was kidnapped from a fair on Boxing Day 1964.
The ten-year-old was attacked and strangled in the couple's home in Hyde near Manchester before being raped, tortured and murdered.
Her naked body was then abandoned in a shallow grave on Lancashire's Saddleworth Moor.
She was one of five children between the ages of ten and the 17 who were murdered by the couple between July 1963 and October 1965.
The couple was imprisoned for life in 1966. Hindley died in prison in 2002, while Brady died in high-level mental health care in May last year.
The ten-year-old was attacked and strangled in the home of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in Hyde near Manchester
Mr. West also found letters from Brady and Hindley in his mother's house – in which they brutally scolded her about the murder of her daughter.
A letter that Hindley wrote to Mrs. West claimed that it was deeply troubling & # 39; was to be labeled as evil.
She wrote from prison: "I know that almost everyone describes me as cold and calculating – & # 39; malicious Myra & # 39; – but I ask you to believe that I find this all very upset. & # 39;
But Krays's letters show a different side to the infamous gangsters – who were killed in 1969 because of a regime of violent organized crime in East End in London.
The twins, which was later described as a & hate-loving & # 39; relationship and a "almost telepathic band", was involved in a series of protection rackets, armed robberies, arson and killings.
The twins, which was later described as having a "hate-loving" relationship and a & # 39; almost telepathic band & # 39 ;, was involved in a series of protection rackets, armed robberies, arson and killings.
They were initially sent to separate prisons to carry out their life sentences, but the campaign of their mother Violet to be reunited saw them being transferred to the same prison.
Confidential data from the prison claim that the twins & # 39; The Godfathers & # 39; were mentioned during their stay in the Parkhurst prison on the Isle of Wight – where they were both worshiped and feared by other prisoners.
Ronnie, 61, died after a heart attack at Broadmoor Hospital in 1995. His brother Reggie, 66, died five years later because of bladder cancer.