'Great Train Robber' Ronnie Biggs launches memoir

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Posted: Nov 17, 2011 12:19 PM
'Great Train Robber' Ronnie Biggs launches memoir

Ronnie Biggs, who spent decades on the run and years in jail for his part in Britain's "Great Train Robbery," says he'll be remembered as a "lovable rogue."

A frail Biggs on Thursday launched an updated edition of his autobiography, "Odd Man Out."

Biggs was part of a gang that stole millions from a mail train in 1963. He was sentenced to 30 years but escaped and fled to Brazil.

Biggs returned to Britain, and jail, in 2001 but was released in 2009 because of his failing health.

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Now 82 and unable to speak after a series of strokes, Biggs answered reporters' questions by pointing at a letter board.

Biggs has expressed regret about train driver Jack Mills, who was injured during the robbery and died in 1970.