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FTR #83 The Great Mail Train Robbery

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In August of 1963, a gang of rob­bers held up a British mail train and escaped with mil­lions of dol­lars. It was one of the largest hauls from a rob­bery in his­to­ry. More than a decade after the crime, infor­ma­tion began to emerge that there was more to the crime than there appeared to be at first. It appears that the gang that com­mit­ted the rob­bery had con­sid­er­able assis­tance in the com­mis­sion of the crime from SS Colonel and ODESSA leader Otto Sko­rzeny and his orga­ni­za­tion. (The ODESSA is the for­mi­da­ble and dead­ly post-World War II SS under­ground.) In addi­tion to pro­vid­ing much of the work­ing cap­i­tal for the com­mis­sion of the crime, Sko­rzeny and his orga­ni­za­tion alleged­ly helped sev­er­al of the gang mem­bers escape from Britain (includ­ing one sprung from prison), pro­vid­ed them with shel­ter in Europe, helped them obtain plas­tic surgery and, in the case of Buster Edwards, invest­ed some of his mon­ey in a real estate project in Spain. In return, Sko­rzeny and his asso­ciates received a siz­able por­tion of the pro­ceeds from the rob­bery.


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