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Old 08-01-2018, 03:03 PM #1
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Boxing documentary on BBC4 at 9pm tonight if anyone wanted to catch it :

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Murder in Soho: Who Killed Freddie Mills?

A real-life murder mystery about the life and untimely death of a national boxing hero, who is often described as Britain's first sporting celebrity. Set in 1960s Soho, the film delves into the world of UK and US organised crime, with gangland figures such as the Krays, boxing, gambling, police corruption and a string of brutal unsolved murders that would become synonymous with the name Freddie Mills.

With access to eight hours of previously unseen home movies, this is an intimate portrayal of a man who rose from the humble surroundings of the fairground boxing booth to become world light-heavyweight champion and became a household name appearing on television and in films. But it all ended on 25 July 1965, when he was found shot dead in the back seat of his car.

Fifty years after his death, his family still challenge the coroner's verdict of suicide. They have always maintained he was murdered. High-profile gangsters such as Eddie Richardson give first-hand accounts of the criminal underworld that existed at the time, and ultimately a man comes forward who claims to have been involved in the murder of Freddie Mills. It is a piece of testimony that could finally conclude a 50-year mystery for Freddie's family and allow a British boxing great to be remembered for the man he was and his achievements in life, rather than for the single day of his death.

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What is it about boxers and gangsters? All too often the two worlds collide with fatal consequences, and 60s London was a hotbed of nefarious goings-on involving dodgy geezers and ingenue stars of the fight game. This engrossing film is a real-life murder mystery about boxer and all-round nice guy Freddie Mills, who became light heavyweight world champion in 1948 but was found dead in the back of his car in a Soho backstreet in 1965. Ornery villains protest their innocence, but something stinks.
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Mills' Wiki page is an interesting read :

On 24 July 1965 Mills was found shot in the head in his car, parked in a cul-de-sac behind his nightclub. He died later in the Middlesex Hospital. He had told the nightclub staff that he was going for a nap in his car, something that he often did. A week or two previously he had borrowed a rifle from a friend who ran a shooting gallery. Although the rifle was not in working order when borrowed, it had apparently been repaired and was found in the car alongside him.

The coroner’s inquest heard that the angle of the bullet was consistent with a self-inflicted wound, and it ruled his death a suicide.

Mills was buried in Camberwell New Cemetery, South London. Among the pallbearers were Jack Solomons, the boxing promoter and Henry Cooper, British heavyweight champion. His grave has a marble boxing glove on it, beneath which is an urn containing a real boxing glove.

At the time of his death he was heavily in debt to a crime syndicate, which led him to be both depressed and in fear of his life. Following his death, several lurid theories sprang up: such as that Mills, married with children, had been arrested in a public toilet and charged with indecency, or that his suicide had been staged by Chinese gangsters who were seeking to take over his club.

It has been claimed that he was about to be exposed as the serial killer known as "Jack the Stripper", the unidentified person responsible for the eight Hammersmith nude murders in 1964–65. In 2002, a book about Mills contained allegations that he indeed had killed the eight women, had had a homosexual relationship with singer Michael Holliday, and possibly also was sexually involved with notorious gangster Ronnie Kray.
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Watched this the other day. Very interesting. Knew he was a good fighter but had no idea how big a deal he was in the UK.

Im with Mills' stepson though, that story they finished on sounded a bit too Hollywood to me. I bet that bloke has chewed the ears off every geezer at the pub for years with tales of how he used to be this and that, dealing with the Krays etc.
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