On the morning of 7 December 1995 Britain awoke to a shocking news story. Three men had been found brutally murdered in a Range Rover in Essex.
As the investigation took shape it was clear that this was a gangland killing – one that has become one of the most infamous gangland murders in British history – the murder of the notorious Essex Boys.
Now, 20 years on, a brand new feature documentary reveals the truth behind the shocking Rettendon murders and charts the 10 bloodiest years in UK gangland history in Essex Boys: The Truth.
When original ‘Essex Boys’ Tony Tucker, Pat Tate and Craig Rolfe’s reign of fear came to a brutal end in Rettendon, there was a void. The police feared a brutal turf war and they were right. The new generation of Essex Boys was led by Malcolm Walsh, a man with a fearsome reputation who took no prisoners, who, along with partners Damon Alvin, Ricky Percival and Steve ‘Nipper’ Ellis, became the ultimate Essex firm.
The subsequent turf war led to yet more bloody violence and gangland executions, adding to the myths, lies and injustices. The resulting criminal inquiries point to dubious police practice and colossal judicial incompetence which first saw Darren Nicholls and then nine years later, Damon Alvin, turn supergrass against their former partners. This highly contentious police tactic led to the only instance in UK legal history where a man charged with murder became a witness for both the defence and prosecution in that same murder case, with many believing that the wrong men went to prison.
Former Essex Boy firm member Bernard O’Mahoney knows the real story of what happened that night and the ensuing fallout and wants to put to rest the ghosts of those violent years, to see justice served for all and finally, to open the way for the truth to come out.
Written and presented by Bernard O’Mahoney (Adapted from his book Essex Boys The Final Word), directed by Christopher Matthews and produced by double BAFTA nominated Revelation Films, Essex Boys: The Truth comes to UK cinemas and On Demand 6 December 2015, then an Amazon Exclusive DVD and eBook release of Essex Boys: The Final Word: No More Myths, No More Lies – The Definitive Story on 14 December 2015, followed by general DVD release on 4 January 2016 from Metrodome.