Bill Miner, a notorious American outlaw, was responsible for Canada's first train robbery, in which he plundered $6,000 in gold dust, $1,000 cash, and $300,000 in securities and bonds from a CPR express car in 1904. He was later captured after a bungled train robbery near Kamloops, BC and was sentenced to life in prison - a sentence he never completed due to his August 8, 1907 escape.
For years there has been speculation over Miner's prison break, particularly as the warden's account of the escape was not plausible. The Beaver's feature article, Secret Deal
, explores Miner's criminal career and infamous prison escape, including recent evidence that suggests that Miner had inside help from prison management, government officials, and even the Canadian Pacific Railway.
The article can be found online here, Secret Deal