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Notorious gangsters like Dave Courtney who turned back on crime to become priests, meet the Queen… and raise soap stars | The Sun
GETTING out of the criminal underworld can be dangerous in itself, but ex-hardman Dave Courtney found fame and fortune by going 'straight'.
In his life as an East London mobster, the Kray Twins associate – who was found dead this week aged 64-claimed to have killed multiple people, enforced gang laws and even beat a rival up while they had a tanning session on a sunbed.
But after telling pals he had reformed, he found a new career as an actor with roles in Sid Bend Trap and Clubbing to Death, as well as penning six books and appearing in several TV documentaries
Here, we look at other former gangsters who decided to live a more normal life within the law.
Growing up in East London, Pridmore, 59, turned to stealing as a teenager before becoming a gangster, specialising in protection rackets and as an enforcer.
He claimed at his gangland height in the 1990s he was earning “more money than he knew how to spend” thanks to the booming drugs trade.
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The ex-gangster turned his life around and found God after almost killing a man outside a nightclub in a bid to impress a new criminal outfit.
Pridmore claimed he felt no remorse, and it led him to question how he lived his life, resulting in him letting God in and becoming a devout Catholic.
Now, he is a pastor and spends his time travelling the world sharing his redemption story.
He has also written two books, From Gangland to Promised Land and Journey to Freedom, about his life in the criminal underworld and move to an ordinary life.
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