The Peaky Blinders were a notorious gang that operated in Birmingham, England in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The gang was known for their brutal tactics and their signature fashion accessory – peaked caps with razor blades sewn into the peaks.
The Peaky Blinders were primarily made up of young, working-class men involved in various criminal activities, including robbery, gambling, and protection rackets. The gang was led by Thomas Shelby, who actor Cillian Murphy played in the popular TV show “Peaky Blinders.”
Despite their fearsome reputation, the real Peaky Blinders were not as organized or powerful as they were portrayed in the TV show. In reality, they were just one of many gangs operating in Birmingham at the time, and their criminal activities were limited to their neighborhood.
The Peaky Blinders got their name from their signature fashion accessory – peaked caps with razor blades sewn into the peaks. They would use these razor blades to blind their victims during attacks, hence the name “Peaky Blinders.”
The Peaky Blinders were eventually brought down by increased police activity and changing social attitudes towards crime. Many gang members were arrested and imprisoned, eventually disbanding the gang.
Today, Peaky Blinders are remembered as a colorful and violent part of Birmingham’s history. While the TV show has brought a new level of fame to the gang, it’s important to remember that the real Peaky Blinders were not the organized and powerful criminal enterprise depicted on the show but rather a group of young, working-class men who were involved in petty crimes in their neighborhood.