The Great Train Robbery of 1963

The Details

The Great Train Robbery was the robbery of substantial sums of money from a Royal Mail train heading between Glasgow and London in the early hours of Thursday 8 August 1963 at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn near Mentmore in Buckinghamshire, England. After tampering with line signals, a 15-strong gang of robbers led by Bruce Reynolds attacked the train. Other gang members included Gordon Goody, Buster Edwards, Charlie Wilson, Roy James, John Daly, Jimmy White, Ronnie Biggs, Tommy Wisbey, Jim Hussey, Bob Welch and Roger Cordrey as well as three men known only as numbers '1', '2' and '3'. A 16th man, an unnamed retired train driver, was also present at the time of robbery.

The Mystery

Where did the money go? How did  they pull off the heist?

The Sources

The Victims

1. Train Driver

2. People who lost their money

The Suspects

Bruce Reynolds was the leader. Other gang members included Gordon Goody, Buster Edwards, Charlie Wilson, Roy James, John Daly, Jimmy White, Ronnie Biggs, Tommy Wisbey, Jim Hussey, Bob Welch and Roger Cordrey as well as three men known only as numbers '1', '2' and '3'. A 16th man, an unnamed retired train driver, was also present at the time of robbery.

The Evidence

The police then undertook a major search, fanning out from the crime scene after having failed to find any forensic evidence there.

After the robbery the gang hid at Leatherslade Farm. It was after the police found this hideout that incriminating evidence would lead to the eventual arrest and conviction of most of the gang. The ringleaders were sentenced to 30 years in jail.

Evidence against John Daly was limited to his fingerprints being on the Monopoly set found at Leatherslade Farm and the fact that he went underground after the robbery.

The Proposed Narrator

Bruce Reynolds, leader of the gang.

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