Bruce Richard Reynolds was born on 7 September 1931 at Charing Cross Hospital , Strand, London , to Thomas Richard and Dorothy Margaret (née Keen). His mother died in 1935, and he had trouble living with his father and stepmother, so he often stayed with one or other of his grandmothers. Reynolds was jailed for three years on several counts of breaking and entering, and upon his release quickly started re-offending. He soon joined a gang with best friend John Daly (future brother-in-law). They were mentored by South Western gang leaders Ernie Watts and Terry Hogan (AKA Harry Booth). Also he did some (criminal?) work with Jimmy White and met Buster Edwards at Charlie Richardson 's club. Richardson in turn introduced him to Gordon Goody.