London, Mar 1: Bruce Reynolds, who was the mastermind of the gang that stole 2.6 million pounds from a English train in 1963 in a robbery famously known as the Great Train Robbery, has died at the age of 81 at his south London home following a short illness.
Reynolds’ son Nick, an artist and a musician, said that his father, who had put together the infamous gang when it held up the Glasgow to London mail train in Buckinghamshire in August 1963, had passed away peacefully, Sky News reports.
According to Nick, Reynolds was a quintessential Englishman who happened to spend some of his life on the wrong side of the tracks.
Reynolds, who served 10 years in prison for the robbery, was later jailed again for a drugs offence, but went on to lecture and speak regularly on television about the robbery and other crime issues.
He never excused his life of crime and wrote a well-received memoir called Autobiography Of A Thief, which was to be re-issued this year ahead of the robbery’s anniversary, the report added. (ANI)