“Lightning” Lee Murray was once considered to be one of the most promising MMA fighters on the planet. However, after only one fight with the UFC, his career came to a screeching halt. While attending a birthday party in 2005, Murray was hospitalized for stab wounds suffered during an intense confrontation outside of a club. Murray suffered both a punctured lung and a severed artery. On the hospital bed, he was resuscitated back to life on multiple occasions. His athletic background, tolerance for pain, and cardiovascular endurance are credited as the primary reasons Murray survived the attack.
Although he was happy to be alive, his fighting career was essentially over. Since trouble always seemed to find Murray, many were concerned with how he would fill the MMA-sized void in his life. Drugs, fighting and run-ins with the police were commonplace for Murray as a teenager, and many feared he would revert back to his old ways. Sadly, his proceeding actions were even worse than anyone could’ve anticipated.
It began on February 21, 2006, when a man named Colin Dixon was pulled over by what was believed to be an unmarked police vehicle. A tall man dressed in a police uniform (who was later revealed to be Murray) walked out of the car and approached Dixon. The man flashed his badge, and asked for Dixon to step out of his car. Before long, Dixon was in handcuffs in the back of the vehicle. It didn’t take long for Dixon to realize this wasn’t a police officer after all.
Instead, this was merely step 1 in what would soon become the largest cash robbery in UK history.
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