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John McVicar, Former bank Robber, Dies at 82

John McVicar was a journalist from Britain and convicted one-time armed robber who escaped from prison.

Former bank robber and “public enemy No. 1” John McVicar passes away from a “heart attack” while walking his dog.

John McVicar, a former Public Enemy No. 1, passed away penniless. The 82-year-old former bank robber passed out while walking his husky dog Lucky, possibly from a heart attack.

McVicar’s audacious escape from Durham’s maximum security prison in 1968 was turned into a successful movie in 1980 starring Roger Daltrey of The Who. After giving up a life of crime and receiving praise from academics, John authored the script.

But he ultimately found himself living by himself in a caravan in Althorne, Essex, behind a local tavern.

Sister Janice said: “It was a sad way to end up.” “The last time I spoke to him, he told me he was cold and lonely.” Following his escape from Durham, McVicar was referred to as Public Enemy No. 1 by Scotland Yard. He escaped from a jail van despite having 23 years left to serve for an armed robbery.

While running, McVicar fired at a police vehicle before being apprehended later. His release came in 1978.

Janice, 80, said: “I was proud of him for getting his life back on track.” In 2010, after breaking out of jail while on day parole and committing two armed robberies, Russell was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Janice said of her brother: “I am devastated by his death.” “He had isolated himself from his entire family but I find it very sad that he ended his days like that.”

John McVicar Age, Family, and Early Life 

John McVicar was an 82 years old British man. He was born in the year 1940. He was from Britain and of British nationality. John had a sister Janice who is 80 years old.

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No details on his exact date of birth and parents.

John McVicar Career, What was his Profession?

John McVicar was a journalist and was once convicted for armed robbery.

He was an armed robber in the 1960s who Scotland Yard designated as “Public Enemy No. 1.” He was captured, and a 23-year term was issued to him. John repeatedly broke out of jail, and when he was finally apprehended again in 1970, he was given a sentence of 26 years. In 1978, he was granted parole.

Following his release from prison, McVicar penned his autobiography, McVicar by Himself, and wrote the screenplay for the 1980 biographical movie McVicar, which starred Roger Daltrey, the lead singer of The Who, and Adam Faith. He also pursued postgraduate studies at the University of Leicester after his release from prison.

Which school and college did he go to?

The high school he attended or the college he graduated from is under review.

John McVicar Net Worth, How much does he earn?

The net worth details of John McVicar aren’t available. He probably had an income sufficient for him and his family to live a quality life.

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John McVicar Wife, What was his relationship?

John McVicar was married. McVicar and his wife maintained a property in London, but traveled widely. They had a child named, Russell Grant-McVicar.

Is he available on any social media platforms?

We did a quick search for the social media reach of John but weren’t able to find him on any social media apps.

Physical Appearance of John McVicar’s Height, Weight

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Hair Colour White
Eye Colour Grey
Body type  Fit
Sexual Orientation Straight 

Interesting facts about John McVicar’s which should be known

Nationality British
Ethnicity White
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Children 1

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