This will be Up to the Minute in a week or so, as well as being fifty years past its date of occurrence. Briefly: below please find links regarding Britain's 08 August 1963 Great Train Robbery - a crime of cunning and derring-do accomplished without the use of guns which, but for one moment of violence - the coshing of the train driver - would have been perfect. (Though one might also point out that failure to secure the hideout - the party contracted to destroy evidence did a runner - takes points away. As a result, the culprits, most of them, were caught and punished.) However, it is not without reason that the act of robbing the mail van on the Glasgow-Euston train one August night in 1963 has its fans. And, compared to many crimes still popular in public lore - the decade's-end Manson Murders, let us say - the train robbery that night and the subsequent events - a pair of daring prison escapes, hideouts in Canada, Mexico and South America, one culprit later recording a single with the Sex Pistols, that sort of thing - the Great Train Robbers accomplished their goal without murder, in what may now seem a more innocent time. If you're at all interested in the workings of master thieves who plan and carry out audacious robberies and do so without headline-grabbing accounts of coagulate gore spilled in the process, I suggest this may be the perfect crime - for you. Wiki: Great Train Robbery 1963 Excellent and lengthy synopsis of the case, well-documented. * 'I am proud to have been one of them': Ronnie Biggs remains unrepentant on 50th anniversary of the Great Train Robbery. (Daily Mail) Terrific pictures, and one of the various accounts by Biggsy, along with a very good "What became of...?" sidebar on the villains. * Great Train Robber Gordon Goody confesses 50 years on. (Mirror) Indisputably one of the prime movers of the combined firm gives his account - and says he'll reveal the identity of The Ulsterman. * Bruce Reynolds, mastermind behind the Great Train Robbery, dies aged 81. (Daily Mail) Another dollop of fine period pics; Bruce Richard Reynolds probably holds best claim to being the crime's mastermind. * Great Train Robber finally admits to coshing engine driver in deathbed confession that solves 49-year-old mystery. (Daily Mail) In which Big Jim Hussey allegedly confesses. Excellent timeline included as sidebar.