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Nigeyb | 3940 comments Mod

I'm in the middle of watching a cracking documentary on the BBC iPlayer about....

Freddie Mills (26 June 1919 – 25 July 1965)

I was aware of the name, that he had been a boxer, a well known celebrity, and that he had died in mysterious circumstances.

It turns out he was former light heavyweight champion of the world, and he was a huge star in the UK, up there with David Beckham at the peak of his fame. He was also a Soho nightclub owner, who was found dead in the back seat of his car in 1965, with a bullet through his eye.

This is the programme description...

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.

Watch it on iPlayer here....

I'm about halfway through and loving it. Much better than I was expecting.

His Wikipedia page....

message 2: by Nigeyb (new)

Nigeyb | 3940 comments Mod
Great documentary. I'm finished with it now and I highly recommend it to Hamiltonians everywhere.

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