The funeral this week of Charlie Richardson, the London crime boss jailed for 25 years at the end of 1967's so-called "torture trial", stayed true to the traditions of gangland farewells. Not only was My Way, sung by Frank Sinatra, part of the chosen music, but there was a dark humour to one of the floral tributes: a display with the legend "240 DC", seen as a sly reference to the fact that Richardson was accused of subjecting people who had crossed him to a high level of voltage to their genitals.

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