THE charmed life of master criminal Mickey “The Pimpernel” Green came to an end this week when he passed away aged 77 at his Spanish bolthole. Green eluded police worldwide for decades while running a drug smuggling operation known as The Octopus because of its extensive tentacles. He personified the changing face of crime, turning from armed robbery to VAT fraud before becoming an international narco, or drug runner, amassing a £75million fortune. In his heyday, the flamboyant Londoner was the epitome of a “Sexy Beast” Costa villain — the type of character portrayed by Ray Winstone in the 2000 crime movie of the same name. Green was described by one associate as the “original gold medallion man with a taste for the booze and birds”. He was once arrested by the FBI while lounging by a pool with a young woman in a Bel Air mansion in California that had been rented in a false name from Rod Stewart.At the time of his death, Green was wanted by police forces in France, Ireland, Holland and Morocco. He was also a top target for British cops for years and eluded them time and again. Yet despite his fugitive status, Green… Read full this story
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