The 10 Most Brilliant Criminal Minds in History

2 – Derek “Bertie” Smalls

Bertie Smalls is from north London and at a young age of 15, he was already arrested for breaking into a railway restaurant car.

He was sentenced to serve in a reform school. From that day on, Smalls dedicated his life to armed robbery. He and his group plundered numerous banks all over London and when questioned about his activities, he always had an alibi and his only adult convictions were very minor.

When he was arrested after a raid in his home in 1972, he resorted in self-preservation by giving up information on his accomplices in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

Derek “Bertie” Smalls

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