The Great Train Robbery in 1963 netted the men involved almost $4 million. The criminal mastermind behind the notorious robbery has died at the age of 81.
Bruce Reynolds along with his gang of British men robbed a Royal Train from Glasgow. It was carrying letters, packages and cash that in today’s economy would be worth $60, 650,000. It is considered to be one of the biggest heists in history.
During the robbery, the men managed to tamper with the signals to get the train to stop. Then they stormed the train and unloaded the money in only 25 minutes.
Gang member James Hussey struck the train driver, Jack Mills in the head and Mills died from the injuries seven years ago. In the aftermath of the crime, the group scattered with most eventually being caught and prosecuted.
Bruce Reynolds lived on the lam for five years before he was arrest in 1968. Reynolds received a sentence 25 years. He was released in 1979 and proceeded to publish his memoir, “The Autobiography of a Thief.”
Bruce claimed in his book that the Great Train Robbery was both his biggest success and a curse. He went on to write that after the robbery no one would hire him legally or illegally. “I became an old crook living on handouts from other old crooks.”
After the profits from the robbery were eventually reclaimed, Reynolds ended up spending his remaining days living on income support funded by a charitable trust.
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