A Boston man who died earlier this year made a startling confession on his deathbed: He was secretly a wanted bank robber. Thomas Randele, a devoted family man was loved by almost everyone he met. He died in May after a battle with lung cancer. But just before he died, he told his family that he was actually Thomas Conrad, who in 1969 stole $215,000 from a Cleveland bank. That’s the equivalent of $1.6 million today and one of the biggest heists in the city’s history. Conrad changed his name in 1970 and moved to Boston, where he got married, raised children, and worked at a local car dealership.  He was never caught despite the FBI continuing to search for him for decades.

You often hear stories of individuals making a confession on their deathbed, some true and others most likely not. This is quite the story though. I do wonder how someone is able to legally change their name without the FBI catching wind of it. I’d love to see a movie or at least a documentary about this one day though as this fascinates me.

What secret would you take to the grave?

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