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Steve Tully had the schooling career-criminals could only dream of - being a pupil of the Kray twins.
He plucked up the courage to ask the notorious gangster Reginald Kray to be his mentor when they inside Parkhurst Prison and soon graduated from petty Brighton criminal to violent psychopath who robbed and scammed his way to millions.
Clean - MailOnline - Reggie - Wife - Ronnie
Now going clean, the 59-year-old talked exclusively to MailOnline and opened up on fighting over Reggie's wife, Ronnie's sense of humour and covering himself in his own faeces to get one up on the prison guards.
A troubled childhood made sure his upbringing in Brighton, East Sussex, was a turbulent one.
Rough - City - Streets - Situation - Home
Before he had even turned 10 he was sleeping rough on the seaside city's streets to get away from a prickly situation at home.
Fighting with his step-father became the norm and his first act of serious violence was in a cafe in Whitehawk at the age of 14 when someone came at him from behind with a knife.
Mr - Tully - Response - Glass - Bottle
Mr Tully's response was to pick up a glass bottle, smash it, and shove it into his attacker's face.
For that outburst he was sent down for GBH and it started a long battle of crime and prison.
Time - Mr - Tully - Prison - Guards
It was a gritty time for Mr Tully, who clashed regularly and violently with prison guards in every jail he went to.
His behaviour, which was later put down to undiagnosed psychopathy, got so bad at one stage he would cover himself in his own faeces in a dirty protest against the guards.
Logic - Condition - Beatings
The logic was, that if he was in that condition, they wouldn't touch him and the beatings would stop.
He was already beginning to think shrewdly, but nine years later, he became one of the UK's most notorious villain's pupil.
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