THIS IS A SYNOPSIS OF MY NEW BOOK ‘THE JELLY GANG’
14th September 2014
Charlie Seiga was young and ambitious; he craved the good things life had to offer. At the age of just seventeen he led a gang of older men into doing daring safe blowing robberies up and down the country using high explosives (gelignite). This story tells, in intricate detail, all about the methods used in safe blowing and how professional these men were at the business they chose to be involved in. They became known as ‘The Jelly Gang.’
This true story tells, the intricate detail all about the methods used in safe blowing and how professional these men were at the business they chose to be involved with. They became known as the Jelly Gang (Jelly is the slang word for gelignite)
QUOTE FROM CHARLIE: The older guys who I grafted with, one of them being my older brother, were behind on the game. They were opening safes the hard way using tools that could take hours, whereas the way I did it would take literally minutes.
At that time; back in the 1950s, safe blowing was regarded as the pinnacle of excellence amongst the gangsters of that era. It demanded a superior knowledge and technique and required meticulous planning of the highest degree. Expertise in the way explosives worked was paramount. Although on some occasions it was a very dangerous game to be in and there was near death, disaster and injuries in some of the moves the Jelly Gang pulled off.
QUOTE FROM CHARLIE: I remember on one of these occasions a member of our crew nearly had his head ripped off his shoulders by the peter door completely blowing off missing him by a hair. He was lucky to be alive!
They knew how to make plenty of money and in doing so they led a fast and privileged lifestyle sampling the best money could buy.
Whilst they carried out these audacious and daring raids they managed to evade capture by always being one step ahead of the police. Police forces throughout the country were well aware of the Jelly Gang and each police force wanted to be the one that would successfully bring them down
QUOTE FROM CHARLIE: We were ahead of the police on the moves we pulled off but then silly mistakes can be made we underestimate the police due to negligence.
However, it was inevitable that their luck would only last for so long.
In 1958 the youth was standing in the dock of the Crown Court flanked on both sides by the older members of his gang. The judge, directing his words towards the youth was quoted as saying; ‘He is like a young lion who had tasted his first blood.’ He made legal history by becoming the youngest safe blower in England.
This is also the true personal story of the characters involved; how they became what they were and how they lived, some retiring and living a comfortable life and others sadly not so lucky.
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