Kidnapping Ronnie

The Incredible Story Behind the Capture of One of the World's Most Wanted Criminals

How do you get one of the world’s most famous criminals
out if his hiding place in Brazil?
And once he was out, what would you do with him? 
And what if the mission provokes an international crisis?
Kidnapping Ronnie tells the true story of the abduction of the notorious Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs from Brazil in 1981. It is one of the most spectacular capers of modern times, involving a world famous villain, a group of former soldiers, and the shadowy world of British intelligence.
But who was the mastermind behind the kidnap mission? Speculation has long been rife and many names have been suggested, all powerful figures with the money and connections to have had the infamous train robber nabbed. Or was it a ‘deniable operation’? It was even suggested that the Government may have been behind things from the start…
In this remarkable tale of conspiracy, adventure and intrigue one of the team relives his experience and shares his side of the story for the first time. It makes for an unforgettable, action-packed read.

‘One of the most puzzling crime stories’
Daily Mail
‘King lifts the lid on the kidnap attempt’
Scottish Daily Record
‘One of the most renowned capers in criminal folklore’
Irish News

Patrick King

Patrick King

PATRICK KING entered the British film industry in 1967, as a trainee in props and wardrobe, working on films and television including ‘Waterloo’, ‘Patton’ and ‘Dad's Army’. During the same period he did military training at the Highland Brigade, Scotland, before transferring to the Army Reserve in London. With a thirst for real adventure he changed career in 1974, to established his own private security consultancy working successfully in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. In 1987 Patrick returned to the media and using his extensive contacts became a freelance investigative journalist for major British newspapers and for television current affairs programmes, including Central Television’s top rated The Cook Report, working extensively in the world’s many trouble spots. By 1994 he began concentrating on historical documentaries, including a multi-award winning series about the Great Highland Bagpipe in peace and war, and has written, produced and directed for international broadcasters including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, A&E, History Channel, PBS and Italy’s Canale 5, winning several awards. He has also produced several musical albums and stage shows, is a voting member of BAFTA and the European Film Academy, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.