Great train robber Ronald Biggs dead – Good riddance to an evil man

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“In 1981, Biggs was kidnapped by a gang of British ex-soldiers and smuggled to Barbados. But legal efforts to have him brought back to the UK once again stalled and he was allowed to return to Brazil.”

… CNN: ‘Great Train Robber’ Ronnie Biggs dies, aged 84

Britain’s Telegraph newspaper, in its obituary, makes the point that while Biggs won notoriety for the heist and his subsequent life on the run, “people tended to forget that he had seriously wounded the train-driver, Jack Mills, who died six years later having never recovered his health.”

All along the news media were Ronald Biggs’ business partners.

Ronald Biggs cultivated his flamboyant Robin Hood image and celebrated his fame without shame. With a smirk on his face he told one interviewer that he was “proud” of his part in the Great Train Robbery.

Looking back at the past 47 years you can trace the change in the way the media handled Biggs. Journalists helped a vicious thug become a dashing and daring Robin Hood, a celebrity and finally, a victim himself when he came back to Britain penniless and was thrown in jail until his compassionate release in August of 2009 because he had “weeks to live”.

How remorseful is “Ronnie” a year after his release?

Judging by this news article, not at all…

… from BFP’s Kidnapper of Great Train Robber Ronald Biggs returning to Barbados

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11 responses to “Great train robber Ronald Biggs dead – Good riddance to an evil man

  1. Robert Ross

    What is it that makes a person ‘evil’?

  2. Anonymous

    showed no remorse but then returned tobthger UK for free medical care. No sympathy

  3. Robert Ross

    But Anon, we’re not required to have sympathy. We didn’t know him and he was 84 – not a bad stretch. Are we then required to hate him?

  4. Bjrn Jansson

    Still not possible to open and read letters!Why?? Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:58:06 +0000 To: jansson.bjorn@hotmail.se

  5. Great Pension Robber?

    Is he related to David Ames?

  6. Anonymous

    Evil? Hmmm

  7. Anonymous

    Yes, an evil, unrepentant man.

  8. Tony Roe

    Yes, an evil, unrepentant man to the end.

  9. Anonymous

    You guys sure evil isn’t a bit much?

  10. BFP

    Biggs and his friends beat the engineer so badly that the man died a few years later. Then Biggs lived off his self-promotion for decades, celebrating the crime.

    Yes, that sounds pretty evil to me.

  11. Ronnie Biggs ended up in Barbados because the kidnappers yacht broke down and was towed into Bridgetown, Jack Mills the train driver died 7 years after the robbery of cancer, Home Office Pathologist confirmed the two were not related, Biggs had to sell his soul in Brazil as he could not work due to being a convicted criminal, the PR stunts for dollars was to feed himself and his young son, Biggs criminal CV is laughable with petty convictions and NO violence ever, ALL the thrain robbers did NOT want him on the job, it is the Worlds Media that made him The Tea Boy who became The Legend, Rest in Peace Ron, Mike Gray (Author-The Ronnie Biggs Quiz Book)