The family of a postal worker named as being a mole working with the Great Train Robbers has dismissed the claims – insisting he never flashed the cash.Gordon Goody, 85, a surviving member of the gang who escaped with £2.6m in the 1963 heist, has named Patrick McKenna as the inside man in a new documentary.He broke his 51-year silence to reveal the identity of the man previously known only as The Ulsterman.
The family of Patrick McKenna (pictured) have dismissed claims he was a mole working with the Great Train Robbers insisting he never flashed the cash
Gordon Goody (pictured), 85, a surviving member of the gang who escaped with £2.6m in the 1963 heist, has named Patrick McKenna as the inside man in a new documentaryBut the family of Mr McKenna, a quiet Post Office employee who died with just £3,000 in his bank account, say they find it hard to believe he was the middleman.
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He was very straitlaced and honest, his grandson, Mark McKenna, said.When I was young I remember going shopping with him at Asda. Me and my mum lived with my grandparents, so he was like my dad.
Mark McKenna, pictured, has described his grandfather as strait-laced and honestHe was one of those who would sit there at the end of the month comparing his till receipts to his bank statement.The 41-year-old, of Eccles, Salford, added: When mum was younger they struggled with money.She was walking around with holes in her shoes.Every time he bought a car it had to be on hire purchase.Its obviously quite a shock that he could have been involved in something like this.My reaction was, What, my grandad? My mum doesnt believe it at all.Mr McKenna says that by 1963, his grandfather had left London for the north west to live near his wifes family.He says his grandfather, who died of a heart attack in 1992, never showed any sign of having a large amount of cash that would indicate he had been involved in a heist.If he did get this kind of money, none of us ever saw any of it, he said.I am still finding it all very hard to believe because of the kind of person that he was.The documentary makers insist it cant be anyone else, however.
Police examining one of the coaches of the train near Bridego Railway Bridge in Buckinghamshire the morning after the train was robbed
Three handcuffed men arrested in connection with the great train robbery have blankets draped over their heads as they leave Linslade Court where they were remanded in custody for eight daysGoodys account is that McKenna picked up his share – the equivalent of several million pounds today – in two holdalls and a mailbag and piled them into the boot of a grey Austin car.Goody has revealed all for a new film made in the wake of the deaths last year of other Great Train Robbers, including Ronnie Biggs.The Great British Train Robbery: A Tale of Two Thieves is in cinemas on Friday and on DVD, Blu-ray and download from October 6. CRIME OF THE CENTURY: WHAT HAPPENED TO THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERS? Bruce ReynoldsGang-leader and mastermind Reynolds was nicknamed Napoleon and after the Great Train Robbery he fled to Mexico on a false passport and was joined by his wife, Angela, and son, Nick.They later moved on to Canada but the cash from the robbery ran out and he came back to England.Five years after the heist, in 1968, a broke Reynolds was captured in Torquay and sentenced to 25 years in jail.He was released on parole in 1978 and moved, alone and penniless, into a tiny flat off Londons Edgware Road.In the 1980s he was jailed for three years for dealing amphetamines.After his second release, Reynolds went on to work briefly as a consultant on a film about the robbery, Buster, and published the Autobiography of a Thief in 1995. His son Nick said his father died in his sleep in the early hours of February 28 2013.
Great Train Robbers all together at the launch of a book. (L-R) Buster Edwards, Tommy Wisbey, Jim White, Bruce Reynolds, Roger Cordrey, Charles Wilson and Jim HusseyRonnie BiggsRonald Arthur Ronnie Biggs played a minor role in the robbery, but his life as a fugitive after escaping from prison gained him notoriety. He was given a 30-year sentence in 1964, but he escaped after 15 months by fleeing over the walls of Londons Wandsworth prison in April 1965.After having plastic surgery, he lived as a fugitive for 36 years in first Australia then Brazil, where he fathered a son Michael.His health deteriorated in 2001 and he returned to the UK voluntarily where he was sent back to prison.He was finally freed in 2009 on compassionate grounds by then Justice Secretary Jack Straw who said he was not expected to recover. Ronald Buster EdwardsAn ex-boxer, club owner and small-time crook who fled to Mexico after the heist but gave himself up in 1966.Edwards is widely believed to be the man who wielded the cosh used to hit train driver Jack Mills over the head.Mills family say he never recovered, and he died seven years later.Edwards served nine years in jail and then became a familiar figure selling flowers outside Waterloo station in London.He was the subject of the 1988 film Buster, in which he was played by Phil Collins.Edwards was found hanged in a garage in 1994 at the age of 62. Two wreaths in the shape of trains accompanied his funeral cortège.Charlie WilsonWilson was the gangs treasurer who gave each of the robbers their cut of the haul.He was captured quickly and during his trial at Aylesbury Crown Court in 1964 earned the nickname the silent man as he refused to say anything.He was jailed for 30 years but escaped after just four months.He was captured again in Canada after four years on the run and served 10 more years in jail.He was the final train robber to emerge from prison in 1978.Wilson moved to Marbella, Spain, where he was shot and killed by a hitman on a bicycle in 1990.
Interior shot of the Glasgow to London Royal Mail train which was carrying more than £2.6million in cashRoy JamesA silversmith and racing driver, James dreamed of investing his share of the loot in new car technology.He was nicknamed Weasel and was the chief getaway driver.James left a tell-tale fingerprint at the gangs farm hideout after the heist and was caught following a chase over rooftops in London.Jailed for 30 years, he served 12 and later sold silver from a market stall before moving to Spain.James was jailed again for six years in 1993 after shooting his wifes father and hitting her with a pistol.He died at the age of 62, soon after getting out of prison.Brian FieldA crooked solicitor who the gang used for the conveyancing when they bought the farm hideout used after the heist.Field was arrested and sentenced to 25 years, which was later reduced to five.He died in a motorway crash in 1979.Bill Boal
Police seize bags of cash following the heistAn engineer who was arrested with Roger Cordrey in possession of £141,000.Reynolds said he had never heard of Boal. He claimed Boal was not involved in the robbery and was an innocent man.Boal was charged with receiving stolen goods and jailed for 24 years, which was reduced to 14 on appeal.He died of cancer in jail in 1970.Tommy WisbeyA bookie and self-confessed heavy whose job in the heist was to frighten the train staff.Wisbey was sentenced to 30 years and released in 1976.He was jailed for another 10 years in 1989 for cocaine dealing and later ran a flower stall.On release from prison he went to live in north London and suffered several strokes.Bobby WelchA nightclub owner who was sentenced to 30 years in jail and was released in 1976.He was later left crippled after an operation on his leg went wrong.After jail he became a car dealer and gambler in London. He attended Bruce Reynolds funeral earlier this year.Gordon GoodyHe was jailed for 30 years and released in 1975. Goody moved to Spain to run a bar.James HusseyA decorator known as Big Jim who was sentenced to 30 years and released in 1975.Hussey later worked on a market stall and then opened a Soho restaurant.He notched up a conviction for assault in 1981 and in 1989 was jailed for seven years for a drug smuggling conspiracy with fellow train robber Wisbey.He died in November 2012, aged 79, from cancer.
Leatherslade Farm Oakley, the gangs hideout – the group consisted of 17 full members who were to receive an equal share, including 15 people who were at the actual robbery and two key informants Roger CordreyPart of the South Coast Raiders gang, Cordrey was a florist.He was arrested in Bournemouth after having the bad luck to rent a lock-up from a policemans widow.He was jailed for 20 years, which was reduced to 14 on appeal.When he was released in 1971 he went back to the flower business and moved to the West Country. He has since died.Jimmy WhiteA former Paratrooper described as quartermaster for the robbery.White was on the run for three years before being caught in Kent and sentenced to 18 years.He was released in 1975 and went to live in Sussex. He has since died.Leonard FieldA former merchant seaman, Field was sentenced to 25 years, which was later reduced to five.He was released from jail in 1967 and went to live in north London. Believed to be dead.John WheaterA solicitor who was sentenced to three years for conspiring to pervert the course of justice. He was released in 1966 and went to live in Surrey. Believed to be dead.