Thursday, August 25, 2005

The Detective Jack Slipper, 81, of Great Train Robbery Fame, Dies - New York Times

~~~ Another historical Oh-Bit.
Not many peoples lives become characters in movies-- and for the postitive things at that too !
"Jack Slipper", the perfect name for the life he led.
As the lead police dectective in Britians greatest train robbery Mr. Slipper became a legend.
His parents must have got the name from Above .~
~~ TP

The Detective Jack Slipper, 81, of Great Train Robbery Fame, Dies - New York Times: "By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: August 25, 2005

LONDON, Aug. 24 (AP) - Jack Slipper, the retired Scotland Yard detective who pursued one of the fugitives from the Great Train Robbery across many years and two continents, died here on Wednesday. He was 81.

Known as Slipper of the Yard, he came to public attention for his role in the Great Train Robbery of 1963, one of Britain's largest and most audacious robberies and a crime that still fascinates the country.

An armed gang held up the Glasgow-to-London mail train, stealing 125 sacks of bank notes worth £2.6 million - $7.3 million at the time, or more than $50 million today.

The train's driver, Jack Mills, was hit over the head during the robbery. He never returned to work and died of cancer in 1970.

A team of detectives, including Detective Slipper, arrested most of the gang soon after the robbery. But one member, Ronnie Biggs, escaped from prison after 15 months by scaling a wall with a rope ladder and jumping into a waiting furniture van. Mr. Biggs fled to Spain, had plastic surgery to change his appearance, spent several years in Australia and settled in Brazil in 1970.

In 1974, Detective Slipper traveled to R"