Streatham featured in new crime book

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Mike Gray with his book Mike Gray with his book

Streatham is featured in a new Crime book '101 Interesting Facts on Britain's True Life Crimes'

32, Ambleside Avenue in Streatham is one of the most infamous houses in Streatham, and is the home of Britain's most famous Madame, Cynthia Payne (aka Madame Sin), who was born on Christmas Eve in 1932, Her fame started in 1978 when the Metropolitan police raided the house in 1978, and a Sex-Party was in full swing, many guests included Judges, Senior Police Officers and Magistrates. She was sent to prison in 1980 for 18 Months, only to be raided again in 1986 by the police.

Cynthia Payne still lives in the property even today, and can always be seen walking around the Streatham area, on many occassions I (The Author) have seen her in a well known local supermarket, as she pushes her four-wheeler shopping trolley, to this day her fame is known as The Madame who ran the "biggest disordely Brothel in British history". In 1992 I visited 'The House of Cyn' with my two nephews who wanted to see the 'Famous SW16 House' and we had a family party at the local St Leonard's church hall, in Streatham, although Cynthia was not home, we peeked through the letterbox to see the Judge's head at the bottom of her bannisters.

Brief Description: Are you interested in True life crime? Would you like to find out more about some of the most highly publicised crimes ever committed in Great Britain? Are you curious about the UK’s most notorious murderers, bank robbers, kidnappers, fraudsters and career criminals? If so, you won’t want to be without 101 Interesting Facts on Britain’s True Life Crimes?

What event marked the start of the ‘Supergrass’ era in the UK? Who were the Bridgewater Four and what crime were they convicted of? Can you name Britain’s supposed wealthiest criminal, also known as ‘Goldfinger’? Who was the ‘Black Widow’ and how did she come by her nickname? How long did the Knightsbridge 'Spaghetti House' seige last? The answers can all be found inside Mike Gray’s fascinating new true crime book.

Discover the truth about more than 100 actual events that grabbed the headlines and shocked the UK including details of serial killers, gangsters, thieves, crimes of passion, those who were caught or got away and the falsely accused. It is all inside this compelling book, a must-have read for all true crime fans.

Based on information supplied by Mike Gray.

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