Charlie Richardson was born in Camberwell, South-East London, in 1934. He turned to a life of crime at a young age, forming the Richardson gang along with his brother Eddie. Charlie invested in scrap metal, whilst Eddie operated fruit machines. In July 1966 police arrested members of the Richardson gang following a series of raids in south London. In April 1967 Charlie was found guilty of fraud, extortion, assault and grievous bodily harm and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Charlie died from blood poisoning aged 78 in September 2012.