Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs Dies
GREAT TRAIN ROBBER RONNIE BIGGS DIES – After suffering for years from severe ill health, the infamous Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs has died at the age of 84.
Ronnie Biggs death has been reported by his son Michael Biggs, who told reporters that Ronnie had passed way earlier today in a care home in East Barnet, London.
Ronnie Biggs remains an infamous and notorious criminal who along with a number of co-conspirators, including Buster Edwards, robbed a Royal Mail train in 1963 in which they made off with an estimated £2.6 million; worth approximately £40 million today.
After months of investigation Ronnie Biggs, along with many other members of the gang, was capture, tried and sentenced to 30 years imprisonment.
After successfully breaking out of prison, Ronnie Biggs spent decades on the run but finally returned to Britain in 2001 due to suffering from poor health.
It appears an unusual coincident that Ronnie Biggs should die less than 24 hours before the BBC premier about the Great Train Robbery.
Earlier this year in March, Ronnie Biggs attended the funeral of his long time friend and accomplice Bruce Reynolds, the man purported to be the mastermind behind the Great Train Robbery.
Ronnie Biggs and his co-conspirators were handed down an unprecedented sentence at trial with 11 of the gang members receiving more than 300 years behind bars combined.
It was on a dark night on August 8 1963 that the Royal Mail train destined for Euston station from Glasgow was stopped by the gang near Cheddington.
It has been documented that Bruce Reynolds insisted that no guns were to be used however violence pursed as a member of the gang coshed Jack Mills the driver of the train, leaving him bleeding severely from the head and unconscious.
In the pursing years, Jack Mills constantly complained of headaches and finally passed away in 1970 from leukemia.
Within just two years of being imprisoned at HMP Wandsworth, Ronnie Biggs along with Charlie Wilson escaped by using a rope ladder to scale the walls.
Ronnie Biggs spent the next 36 years on the run, living mainly in Brazil but it was often reported that he missed Britain, family and his friends.
In 2001, Ronnie Biggs finally returned to Britain to face arrest; it was suspected that he simply could no longer afford to cover the cost of medical treatment abroad as his health continued to decline.
After returning, Ronnie Biggs was subsequently arrested and imprisoned to serve out the remainder of his sentence and yet in 2009 the then Justice Secretary Jack Straw ordered his release on compassionate grounds due to his failing health.
In July this year, just days before the 50th Anniversary of the Great Train Robbery, Ronnie Biggs told reporters that he certainly had a number of regrets over the crime; least of not involving being on the run for decades.
Ronnie Biggs may have passed away, as many of those involved have, and yet he and his co-conspirators will remain in the history books as one of the most daring of robbers ever to have lived.
There will, without doubt, still be numerous stories told, books written and movies produced on the life and times of the Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs.