GANGSTER 'Mad' Frankie Fraser has taunted police for trying to "blame" a notorious gangland figure for an horrific Welsh double murder.
The 79-year-old, who has spent around 40 years in prison, mocks claims that his mate was involved with the killings of Peter and Gwenda Dixon.
The Dixons were murdered while walking along a cliff path near Little Haven, Pembrokeshire, in June 1989.
Their deaths sparked one of the biggest manhunts ever seen in the UK and one police theory led to a notorious hitman called Alfred James Moody.
Moody, who later died violently in a London pub, had developed connections to the IRA and there was speculation that the couple died because they stumbled on a terrorist cache of weapons.
The hitman had broken out of Brixton Prison in 1980 with IRA bomber Gerard Tuite - reportedly springing the terrorist for a £10,000 payout.
But Fraser, who clashed with the Krays during the 1960s when he was a member of the rival Richardson gang, claims in his new book: "When you're dead you get the blame for everything. You can't sue people so they can say what they like.
"Take my friend Jimmy Moody, who got out of Brixton and just vanished for years. Once he was dead he was blamed for just about anything which had happened up and down the country that hadn't been cleared up.
"A sort of one-man crime spree with nothing like evidence to back it up.
"He was even said to have done in a middle-aged couple, Peter and Gwenda Dixon, who vanished whilst they was out walking in Wales in the summer of 1989.
"The man's credit cards got used a few days after they was last heard of, and their bodies were found on a cliff-top a bit after that.
"There was all sorts of stories and since Jimmy had escaped with an IRA man it was put about they might have stumbled on an IRA cache of arms and Jim had done them in on behalf of the Republicans.
"Or it could have been Father Christmas."
Fraser writes about Moody in 'Mad Frank's Britain', a tour around some of the most shocking murders and crimes which have fascinated the aging gangster.
Moody, who had also been a member of the Richardson Gang, was convicted of manslaughter in 1967 for the killing of a young merchant navy steward.
He was released in 1972 but while on remand at Brixton Prison in the late 1970s, awaiting trial for armed robbery, he struck up a friendship with Tuite.
When he and another prisoner escaped from the jail in December 1980, they took Tuite with them. Tuite was later arrested in Dublin, but Moody vanished into thin air.
In 1989 the Dixons were nearing the end of their holiday when they took a final walk on the coastal path.
Their bodies were found several days later hidden in dense undergrowth. ]
They had both been killed with a shotgun.
The finger of suspicion was pointed at drug smugglers and IRA hitmen, while a scruffy cyclist who was seen in the area of the killings was also labelled a suspect..
But one police lead followed Moody, who was being linked to other killings.
Unfortunately, detectives never got the chance to speak to him. He was shot four times in the head in a suspected contract killing at the Royal Hotel, Hackney, in 1993.
The Dixons murder case remains open, although no officers are now working on it full-time.
Dyfed Powys Police said it regularly reviews the investigation, but could not comment on individual lines of inquiry.