Charles Bronson’s mum shares what went wrong for lag ahead of parole hearing
Charles Bronson's mum has revealed what went wrong for the dangerous lag prompting his violent criminal past.
A new documentary on Channel 4, Bronson: Fit to be Freed? showed clips from an interview with the criminal's mother Eira Peterson, known to him as The Duchess, from 2017.
"He’s been the perfect son to me always, [he's always] shown me respect and everything," she said.
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In the interview, which aired in first episode of the two-part series tonight (February 27), Ms Peterson admitted she missed her son and husband, John "Joe" Peterson.
"He’s hit a few [men] in the pubs I’ve had… Joe’s a boxer, and it was a bit like Sergeant Major," she confessed.
Probed over whether her husband's mean streak might have inspired her son's aggressive tendencies, she said: "I don't know."
Ms Peterson went on to admit her son began committing petty crimes at a young age.
"I think he started stealing," she said when asked where everything went wrong for Bronson.
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"I remember going in the bedroom one day and he had pencils and little notebooks," adding that he gladly admitted he didn't have the money to buy them himself.
"'I took them,' he said."
The documentary comes after Bronson launched a new bid for freedom.
The violent criminal, 70, will appear at a public parole hearing on March 6 and 8 after becoming the first UK prisoner to request one.
This will be his eighth attempt at securing his release from prison after his previous seven please were rejected by the parole board.
"I have a horrible, nasty, vicious, violent past," he confessed in clips recorded by his son, George Bamby, for the documentary.
"I'm focused, I'm settled, I can actually smell and taste freedom like I've never, ever done in my life," he said.
"What the f*** am I still in prison for?"
Bronson, widely considered the UK's most violent prisoner, has 17 convictions to his name and has been in and out of prison since 1974.
He has been diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder and paranoid personality disorder and has spent time in England's three special psychiatric hospitals.
His more violent crimes include holding 11 people hostage, including prison art teacher Phil Danielson, who was held at spear point for 43 hours back in 1999.
But his mum believes he's done his time and is ready to be released from prison.
"I think he’s done his time and he should have been let out years ago," Ms Peterson said.
But joking about his long stints in isolation, she added: "If he comes home tomorrow and he lived with me I'd put him in a f***ing cage myself."
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