By Richard Torné
Great train robber Gordon Goody has died aged 85 following complications with emphysema.
The man believed to have masterminded the greatest train heist in history passed away quietly at his home in Vera in the early hours of Friday morning (January 29) surrounded by family and friends.
He had been suffering from emphysema for a number of years and had also recently been in hospital after injuring his head in a fall, friends said.
Goody, who was thought to be the last surviving member of the gang that stole £2.6m from a Royal Mail train in August 1963, served 12 years in prison for his part in the crime.
He later settled in Mojacar and the local council released a statement in the wake of his death, describing him as a “gentleman” who was open hearted and affectionate towards family and friends.
Some 100 well-wishers, including a number of councillors, attended the funeral in Mojacar on Sunday (January 31).
(‘The crime of the century and the Goody enigma’…read it all in this week’s Costa Almería News)