CHARLES BRONSON has revealed his “shock” that his haunting prediction about the death of Corrie star ex-wife Paula Williamson came true.
Britain’s most violent jail bird, 66, has told Sun Online how he was left stunned by her death in July.
The former actress, 38, was discovered dead by her new partner Peter Jones in Stoke, Staffs, lying “on top of a bed of cocaine and tablets”.
Speaking to Loose Women a year earlier, Bronson chillingly predicted Paula would be “dead in two years” if she didn’t deal with her alcohol and drug problem.
His grim forecast came true just 12 months later.
Speaking about the prediction, Bronson, who has changed his surname to Salvador in honour of his favourite artist Salvador Dali, said: “It’s a terrible shock but I predicted it last year on Loose Women.
“She had a beautiful heart and a warm soul but a tortured mind.”
Bronson first met Paula in late 2016 – their blossoming relationship starting as penpals.
But it soon turned romantic, with the legendary lag serenading her down the phone with renditions of Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’.
They tied the knot behind bars in Wakefield prison in 2017 after she visited him on numerous occasions.
Bronson was handcuffed to a warder for the two-hour ceremony, which was witnessed by five people.
But the relationship turned sour when pictures emerged of Paula allowing a young lad to bury his head in her boobs during a boozy night out in Tenerife.
Before her death, Paula admitted she had a “prescription drug problem” – but denied having issues with drugs and alcohol.
Sobbing on Loose Women, as she apologised to her estranged prisoner husband, she said: “Every single messed up thing I’ve done for a long, long time is through alcohol. And it needs to stop. It needs to stop, he’s made me realise that.
“I wanna stop.”
Her sudden death came in July this year, hours after Bronson announced he wanted to marry a pensioner called “Joan” when he was freed.
Britain's most notorious lag – how Bronson gained his grisly nickname
Armed robber Bronson has spent more than 44 years behind bars after repeatedly having his sentence increased for attacking prison staff and taking them hostage.
Writing in his 2000 book Bronson, he said: “I’m a nice guy, but sometimes I lose all my senses and become nasty. That doesn’t make me evil, just confused”.
He was first sentenced to seven years in jail over an armed robbery in 1974.
That was extended by nine months after he attacked a fellow prisoner with a glass jug.
He was then given an extra year in jail for holding a three-day rooftop protest that cost £100,000 in damages.
After a brief stint of freedom, he was found guilty of intent to robbery and sentenced to eight years in 1992.
His sentence was extended by eight years after he held a prison staff member hostage.
He again became involved in a hostage situation, which again resulted in a sentence extension.
He was finally given a life sentence after kidnapping a prison teacher in 1999, with the violent crime investigated for a number of other disturbances since, including allegedly throwing a bottle of human waste at a Muslim prisoner.
Her new lover Peter said he had hoped Bronson would be at the funeral service – but he did not want it to turn into a “media circus.”
Bronson, who has been behind bars for the last 44 years, said he had never applied to be at the service. It was held on August 19 – her 39th birthday. He revealed they remained pals despite the split.
Bronson told Sun Online: “A funeral should be a private thing and my presence there would only turn it into a media circus and I’m sure her family and friends don’t want that.”
The lag, at the time, said he hoped the service would turn out to be a “bloody good” send-off – and he extended his sympathies to her relatives.
He made a legal request to the Ministry of Justice to demand the release of their wedding photos in time for her funeral so she could be buried with them.
Paula Williamson married the notorious lag behind bars in Wakefield prison
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