Tuesday, November 16th, 1999
The Bile Of 'Mr Nasty'
Not content with his vile comments on keeping Reggie Kray
in prison, the former boxing matchmaker and nasty character
Mickey Duff has made a serious incorrect statement on
friends of mine Charlie Richardson and his brother.
'Mr. Nasty' Duff has said that the large scrap metal
business operated by Charlie Richardson was a front for
gangster activities. Duff bases this condemning judgement on
the fantasy events that became the 'Torture Trial'. Similar
to the Duff opinion that Reggie Kray should remain in
prison, 'Mr. Nasty' is wrong again.
When Charlie Richardson was barely out of his teens he
had worked very hard to build his business to the extent
that he was on his way to becoming a millionaire.
While he was accomplishing this business feat Micky Duff
was hustling a living, of sorts, in sleazy snooker halls and
then illegal gambling clubs.
Charlie Richardson paid his taxes, gave employment to
people, helped the elderly people in Camberwell, South
London and was a good son to his parents. Highly respectable
people who recognised the drive and ambition of this young
dynamic businessman enjoyed his company and were anxious to
do business with him.
When Mickey Duff rose to the height of a small hall
matchmaker at boxing venues like Shoreditch Town Hall and
Leyton Baths, Charlie Richardson was doing five figure
As Duff rose to become something of an expert in boxing
matters and making a name for himself in boxing, Charlie
Richardson became a self-taught expert geologist. It is a
revelation to hear Charlie discuss the science of the
earth's surfaces, its strata and their relations and
changes; the value of obscure precious minerals with
University scholars and acknowledged experts.
To compare the mental qualities of Mickey Duff with
Charlie Richardson would be equivalent to comparing a pub
brawler with Muhammad Ali. There is no comparison. Charlie
has impressive intellect. Duff has a hustler's
Mickey Duff has obviously chosen to forget that when he
was struggling to make a success of the American Sporting
Club, a dinner-boxing club, at the Hilton Hotel and needed
prestige patrons to boost the image of the club, we helped
him by encouraging a director of our substantial juke box
and fruit machine business, Sir Noel Dryden, Bart. to give
his support as a patron and committee member of the of the
Sir Noel met Duff and decided he did not want to be
involved. Sir Noel was a cultured man and was not
appreciative of the hustling personality of Duff. In fact
Duff was the only person he met through us that Sir Noel
called 'uncouth'. He also believed him to be untrustworthy.
Nevertheless, we persevered on behalf of Duff and Sir Noel
reluctantly agreed to become an honorary patron.
We also contributed to make the club a success by usually
taking twenty or thirty people, and sometimes twice this
number, to the boxing shows and we became regular
supporters. When a boxer we were friendly with appeared on a
promotion for which Duff was the matchmaker we would sell
hundred of pounds worth of tickets.
I should have realised that Duff was an ingrate because
never once did he have the courtesy to thank us. He was
anxious for our money and patronage but was consumed by snob
values and his aim to establish a pretence to be holier than
There is nothing wrong with hustling for a living
providing you don't rose above your station and pretend you
are something to which you have not aspired, and then have
the gall sit in uncaring judgement upon people you have no
right to judge.
To compare the mental capabilities of Mickey Duff and
Charlie Richardson it is only necessary to compare words
written by Charlie with those written by Duff. There is an
enormous quality gap. Even the standard of the handwriting
of Charlie if it is compared to that of Duff is another
indication of a superior intellect. Yet Duff, who did not
personally know Charlie and had never met him at the time he
accuses him of being a gangster, seriously believes he is a
superior person. Perhaps, in his case boxing may have caused
brain damage? If that were true then he could be forgiven
but I do not believe it. The true reason is that he is a
You don't have to be an intellect to be a decent person
and neither do you have to be uneducated to automatically be
considered a decent person. You are what you make of
yourself unless ruthless people intervene and destroy your
Thank you to those of you who contacted me and registered
surprise that Mickey Duff is the son of a rabbi and that his
real name is Monek Prager. His father was a respected Jewish
religious leader who cast-out his son Monek and disowned
him. For a devout Jewish father to do this must have been
heart-grieving because it is a historical fact that sons in
a Jewish family are the favoured gender.
It has to be devastating for any male parent, let alone a
religious member of the Jewish faith, to deny a father's
love to a son. True religious leaders have to be
compassionate and there is no reason to suggest that this
religious leader was in any way different.
There is no doubt that the father was aware that for him
to cast-out his male child would be a terrible indictment on
the son, so it may be inferred that it was a very seriously
considered judgement. It may also be presumed that the
father knew his son better than any other, even with a
Charlie Richardson came from parents who resolutely stood
by their son in the darkest hours. When others turned their
backs the Richardson family stood tall.
They knew the events alleged in the 'Torture Trial' were
fantasy - the whole affair was scandalously exaggerated and
a fabrication. The Richardson parents love was undenied and
they had no cause to close their doors on any one of their