The Great Train Robbery: The Untold Story from the Closed Investigation Files

The Great Train Robbery: The Untold Story from the Closed Investigation Files

by Andrew Cook


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The Great Train Robbery of 1963 is one of the most infamous crimes in British history. The bulk of the money stolen (equivalent to over £40 million today) has never been recovered, and there has not been a single year since 1963 when one aspect of the crime or its participants has not been featured in the media. Despite the wealth and extent of this coverage, a host of questions have remained unanswered: Who was behind the robbery? Was it an inside job? And who got away with the crime of the century? Fifty years of selective falsehood and fantasy has obscured the reality of the story behind the robbery. The fact that a considerable number of the original investigation and prosecution files on those involved and alleged to have been involved were closed, in many cases until 2045, has only served to muddy the waters still further. Now, through Freedom of Information requests and the exclusive opening of many of these files, Andrew Cook reveals a new picture of the crime and its investigation that, at last, provides answers to many of these questions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780752499819
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 856,946
Product dimensions: 4.80(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Andrew Cook is the author of Ace of Spies: the True Story of Sidney Reilly, Cash for Honours: the True Life of Maundy GregoryM: MI5’s First Spymaster, Prince Eddy: the King We Never Had, and To Kill Rasputin: the Life and Death of Gegori Rasputin.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Preface 7

Introduction 9

1 The 2.25 to Brighton 13

2 The Hold-Up 25

3 The 30-Minute Clue 35

4 Robbers' Roost 50

5 The Poppy 69

6 An Inside Job 85

7 Through the Looking Glass 100

8 Blind Man's Bluff 114

9 And Then There Were Six 132

10 Operation Primrose 154

11 Fish on a Hook 167

12 Case for the Defence 179

13 An Act of Warfare 198

14 The End of the Beginning 207

Appendices 212

Abbreviations used in Source Notes 223

Source Notes 225

Bibliography 248

Index 249

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