In a letter written to Kate Kray, the ex-wife of Ronnie Kray, dated May 19 - two days after the FA Cup final - Bronson wrote that he “had another rumble” with prison officers after Arsenal beat Hull City 3-2.
Bronson also claims to have seen a vision of Ronnie Kray encouraging him to let the guards “have it”. He went on to explain that covering himself in Lurpak would make him more difficult to restrain. A Tottenham Hotspur fan, Bronson is serving a life sentence in Full Sutton prison in York.
Bronson wrote: “I’ve had another rumble. This time with a dozen riot mob on the yard!
“Obviously I had my reasons and I’d sooner swallow teeth than my pride. Sadly I came off worst – got smashed up ribs.
“It was sunny! A scorcher! Arsenal was playing Hull. I so wanted Hull to win, coz I’m Spurs [sic].
“I got Lurpak and spread it on thick. Then a small cloud appeared. I swear I see Ron’s face. It was eerie. Go on son, let ’em have it!”
Born Michael Gordon Peterson, Bronson was originally jailed in 1974 for armed robbery, but since his incarceration 40 years ago he has only been free for a few months. His other crimes include assault, taking prisoners hostage and criminal damage. In 1999, he was given a life sentence for holding a prison art teacher hostage for criticising his sketches. Bronson has previously had his paintings exhibited in several London galleries.
An eponymous film starring Tom Hardy based on the prisoner’s life was released in 2009 to critical acclaim.