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Friendly family man's 50-year secret: He was fugitive, too

Fugitive Family Man
Posted at 10:09 PM, Dec 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-30 22:09:38-05

For more than 50 years, a Boston man kept a secret that not even his family knew until just before his death last May.

Ted Conrad was a fugitive wanted in one of the biggest bank robberies in Cleveland's history.

And he had spent most of his life using the name Thomas Randele, a name he created six months after the heist in 1969.

The U.S. Marshals Service is now piecing together how he managed to create a new life while evading authorities.

His stunned friends in Boston say he was a devoted family man and one of the nicest and most honorable people they'd ever known.

According to the Associated Press, before he died of cancer, Conrad made a deathbed confession, coming clean to his wife and daughter, who had no idea what he had done.

The AP reported that a day after he turned 21, Conrad robbed the bank that he worked with, stealing $215,000 from the vault, a haul worth $1.6 million today.