Who Is Irene Dunroe? Charles Bronson’s First Wife Who Had Son Michael Jonathan Peterson With The Prisoner

 Paula Salvador, 37, married Bronson - now Charles Salvador - in November

  •  Irene Dunroe, 65, was previously married to the inmate of HMP Wakefield

  •  Jailed for armed robbery in 1974 but went on to offend while behind bars

  • 'Sisters' Paula and Irene have bonded over the 'misunderstood' prisoner 

  • By Molly Rose Pike For Mailonline

    Published: 10:25 EDT, 5 April 2018 | Updated: 14:41 EDT, 5 April 2018

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    The woman who married prisoner Charles Bronson has struck up an unlikely friendship with her predecessor - after bonding with his first wife over their shared fondness for Britain's most notorious inmate.

    Paula Salvador, 37,  and Irene Dunroe, 65, have said they are like 'sisters' - even though Paula is now married to Irene's ex husband.   

    Actress Paula got married to Bronson - now called Charles Salvador - at HMP Wakefield last November.

    Speaking on ITV's Loose Women on Thursday, the two women revealed their shared belief that the criminal - who they called 'charming' and 'funny' - is misunderstood. 

    Salvador was initially jailed for armed robbery in 1974, but went on to commit a string of offences while behind bars. 

    Bronson's new wife Paula, seen left, sits with his first wife, Irene Dunroe, on Loose Women on Thursday 

    Bronson's new wife Paula, seen left, sits with his first wife, Irene Dunroe, on Loose Women on Thursday 

    Charles Bronson is seen inside Wakefield Prison in a picture taken in June 2004

    Charles Bronson is seen inside Wakefield Prison in a picture taken in June 2004

    Between marrying Irene and Paula, Bronson tied the knot with his second wife, Saira Rehman, in 2001. The couple married at HMP Woodhill after striking up a relationship through letters and prison visits.  

    Paula says she first heard of Irene when she watched a documentary she was interviewed in, and found herself desperate to meet the infamous criminal's ex wife.

    She explained: 'I watched Irene on a TV show and I was fascinated with her. I wanted to know all about her - what she was like, whether I'd like her or not. I watched her ITV show, thought she was fabulous, so I contacted her on Facebook and we arranged to meet up and we got on like a house on fire .'

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    Irene admitted that their connection may seem bizarre, but said friendship was instantaneous for them.

    She said: 'We were going to meet up for a meal and go for a few drinks and as soon as we met we were hugging each other. We walked holding hands, I don't go around holding hands. The connection, it was so weird honestly.'

    'Like sisters': Paula and Irene smile for the cameras outside the ITV studios following their appearance on Loose Woman 

    'Like sisters': Paula and Irene smile for the cameras outside the ITV studios following their appearance on Loose Woman 

    Paula said on the show: 'I love this lady, she's my friend, she's my sister.' 

    Bronson was sentenced to seven years in prison for armed robbery in 1974, but had a series of sentences added on for crimes carried out in prison, including attacking inmates and leading riots.  

    Despite his violent crimes, the two women believe the man they both agreed to marry is misunderstood.

    They both said he was a charming and romantic man, whose story has been 'exaggerated' by the media. 

    Defending Bronson: Despite his violent crimes, the two women believe the man they both agreed to marry is misunderstood

    Defending Bronson: Despite his violent crimes, the two women believe the man they both agreed to marry is misunderstood

    Who is Charles Bronson?

    Bronson, real name Michael Peterson, was first locked up for armed robbery in 1974, but during his time inside he has taken hostages in 10 prison sieges, attacked at least 20 prison officers and caused £500,000 in damage in rooftop protests.

    In 1999 he was given a life sentence after taking prison art teacher Phil Danielson hostage at HMP Hull after he criticised one of his drawings.

    Bronson, who does 2,000 press-ups a day, tied a skipping rope round the teacher's neck and led him about 'like a dog' while holding a knife and broken bottle to his throat before releasing him after 44 hours.

    Bronson, pictured, now claims to be a 'changed man' and has passed a number of violence reduction courses in jail and is appealing against his life sentence

    Bronson, pictured, now claims to be a 'changed man' and has passed a number of violence reduction courses in jail and is appealing against his life sentence

    He now claims to be a 'changed man' and has passed a number of violence reduction courses in jail and is appealing against his life sentence.

    He has been jailed for most of the last 43 years - 37 of which have been in solitary confinement.

    In recent years he has turned his hand to art and changed his surname from Bronson to Salvador in tribute to the Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali.

    Paula said: 'I struck up a friendship with Charlie because of a book that I read that I resonated with because it had helped me psychologically. It was called Broadmoor, written by him and about his struggles. 

    'He deals with things with humour a lot and I'm the same. And not to minimise at all what he's done - and he has done things that are certainly not humorous - but he has got a very lovable humorous side to him.'

    Irene agreed, and said: 'When the media make him out to be this character people want to hear about him - that's why he gets headlines, people are fascinated by him.'

    Backlash: Viewers were shocked by the joint interview on Loose Women this morning 

    Backlash: Viewers were shocked by the joint interview on Loose Women this morning 

    Viewers were shocked by the women's interview, with some taking to Twitter to express their disbelief. 

    One tweeted: 'Why are these women even on here? Who next? The Manson Family members having a whip round for Charlie?'  

    'I hate how much publicity ''the Bronson wives'' get. Pair of head cases,' another posted.

    A third agreed: 'These Charles Bronson women are deluded. Shame on Loose Women for having them on and glamorising him.'

    Irene was just a teenager when she married Bronson in 1972 and the couple welcomed a son, Michael Jonathan Peterson, in the same year. 

    She stayed with Bronson when he was jailed in 1974 but the pair eventually divorced in 1977.  

    Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5582249/Charles-Bronsons-new-wife-friends-ex.html

    'We are like sisters': Actress who married Britain's most notorious prisoner Charles Bronson joins his FIRST wife on Loose Women - as the pair reveal their unlikely friendship