Bruce Reynolds

Great Train Robber

In the early-morning hours of Aug. 8, 1963, London burglar Bruce Reynolds led a gang of 15 thieves who robbed the Glasgow-to-London mail train. Without using a gun--though they did bludgeon the train driver with an iron bar--the thieves boosted 120 bags of cash containing £2.6 million ($7 million), worth about $60 million today. The Great Train Robbery, as the caper became known, was one of 20th century Britain's most infamous crimes. After hiding out in a farmhouse, Reynolds, who died Feb. 28 at 81, escaped to Belgium and finally Mexico, living off his take for five years. When the money...

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