Two films and numerous books have attempted to tell the shocking story of two of Britain's most ruthless gangs. For 20 years, the Essex Boys firm and their successors, the New Generation, controlled a lucrative drugs empire in Essex and throughout the south east of England by using intimidation, gratuitous violence and murder. Rampaging through the streets and clubland, they destroyed anything and anybody that dared to get in their way. Eventually torn apart by greed and paraia, the gang members became victims of their own vile trade and hate-filled actions. Pat Tate, Tony Tucker and Craig Rolfe were all blasted repeatedly with a shotgun as they sat in their Range Rover down a remote farm track. Dean Boshell was lured to allotments, then beaten and shot execution-style three times through the head. Others, such as Darren Nicholls and Damon Alvin, turned Super Grass and disappeared into the witness protection scheme never to be seen again, while three other men are in prison serving life sentences. Steve 'Nipper' Ellis is the last man standing, the only member to have survived the bloody reign of both gangs. In Essex Boy , he tells his shocking story for the first time, and reveals just how close he came to being both murderer and murder victim.
Steve 'Nipper' Ellis has now put his colourful criminal past behind him and has recently married. He still lives in Essex. Bernard O'Mahoney is also the author of the bestselling Essex Boys, Bonded by Blood and Wannabe in my Gang? He lives in Birmingham.