U.K.'s 'Great Train Robber' Dies

    LONDON - SEPTEMBER 30:  (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 0001 MONDAY 3rd OCTOBER 2005) Police mug shots of Ronnie Biggs are seen on display at The National Archives on September 30, 2005 in London, England. The National Archives have released documentation relating to the hunt for Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs, showing attempts by Scotland Yard to have Biggs brought back to the UK in the 1970's from Brazil. (Photo by Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ronnie Biggs

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    One of the most notorious criminals in 20th-century Britain has passed away. Ronnie Biggs, who got his nickname from a 1963 train heist in which he and 14 others stole roughly 2.5 million pounds in used bank notes. It became known as the “crime of the century,” and led to Biggs as the subject of books, films, and TV shows. He even recorded a single with the Sex Pistols. Although arrested and sent to prison, Biggs escaped after 15 months and set off a multi-year, global manhunt involving extensive plastic surgery, and far-flung palces like Australia and Brazil.

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