Notorious prisoner Charles Bronson turned from crime to rhyme by publishing a book of poetry.
Britain’s longest serving inmate wrote Words From The Soul.
In the book he wrote with buddy Richard Booth, he talks about his struggles during his 46-year prison sentence.
The book also includes a poem dedicated to the tragic television presenter Caroline Flack, who died last year.
He wrote: “She was a beautiful lady. With a cheeky smile the world will miss Caroline, Love Island is on the file.”
In Nightmares Of A Damaged Brain, he suggests that he wants to die after a stay in Broadmoor, Berks, where he was sent in 1978.
Bronson writes: “This institution stole our hearts, they hold a gun in our mouths, death would be a blessing, suicide by police officers, our mares blown away, show us what you’ve got.”
In another poem called Isolation, he compares himself to two of Britain’s most dangerous gangsters – Ronnie and Reggie Kray.
He writes: “Forever on the verge, balancing for your life, just like Ron and Reg.” Bronson, now known as Charles Salvador, first met the East End twins in 1975 at Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Wight.
He is now at HMP Woodhill, near Milton Keynes, Bucks.
Co-writer Richard, a close friend of Bronson’s for several years, said the poetry shows the caring side of cheating.
He said, “It’s powerful stuff. People might think they have some idea of who he is, but a lot of the poems show his softer side.
“The collection gives a real glimpse into Charles’ life and what he went through and endured in prison.
“It can be hard to read at times, but you can see its funny side in other poems.”
Charles was first sentenced to seven years in prison for armed robbery in 1974. He has obtained the right to a public hearing on his probation and hopes to finally be released later this year.
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Proceeds from the book, which was published September 20th and sold on Amazon for £ 12.99, will go to charity.