He lists his former occupation as 1st division criminal. He was a member of the Kray fraternity. He spent 6 years in an approved school and borstal and 20 years in prisons including Strangeways, Brixton, Dartmoor and Wandsworth. He was the last man to be flogged with the cat-o-nine-tails.'People say that truth is stranger than fiction, and in my case it is definitely so. Who would believe, looking at me today, that most of my years have been spent in a sinister underworld of crime, corruption and murder? A gangland world where the famous and the infamous -including stars like Frank Sinatra and politicians - and the most ntotrious criminals in British history not only socialised but did business together. ' The Brutal Truth is a startling and sensational account of a world far removed from normal, everyday life - the world of gangster Eric Mason , one of the underworld's most feared and respected figures. One thing Eric Mason soon learned was how to look after himself, a necessary skill during terrible years in a home for young delinquents. He moved on from there to form associations with, among others, the Kray twins, Frank Mitchell (the 'Mad Axeman'), Jack 'the Hat' McVitie, John McVicar and the Great Train Robbery gang. The Brutal Truth tells the truth about penal establishments - the torture, corruption, injustice, the homosexuality and sadism that pervade the whole system. Some of the stories here have never been told before. Some of them could never have been told before. Eric Mason tells us the whole truth and nothing but the brutal truth.