Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Passing Of Ronnie Biggs

The name 'Ronnie Biggs' brings with it romanticising of crime.

Biggs is the most iconic name out of the eleven that took part in the raid, died the other day and people are, once again, calling him a 'loveable rogue' and glossing over the real story of The Great Train Robbery and its aftermath.

Where I come from, if you break the law you're a criminal. Yet, here we are over fifty years since the Great Train Robbery and the people who took part in this act are somewhat glamorised for what they did.

He escaped prison fifteen months after being caught for stealing £2.6 Million (£40 Million in today's money) from a Royal Mail train in the early hours of August 8th 1963.

He spent nearly forty years evading our country's law staying in Brazil. When his health took a turn for the worse, he headed back home to face his punishment.

Or rather, to take more money from this country.

I was going to end today's post by noting how ironic it was that news of Biggs' death coincided with the Great Train Robbery drama that was on the BBC last night. 

I won't, though.

Let's spare a thought for train driver, Jack Mills who took a blow to the head that fateful night. He didn't go back to work and passed away seven years after the robbery.

I can't see anything romantic about that.

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