„Crime doesn’t pay”, a very common thing said by many wise men, can occasionally prove to be wrong, with the latest investigation on the Theodore John Conrad case from 1969. showing that he lived a fruitful life following his successful robbery of the bank he worked at during this time.

For those less familiar with the story, one Friday in July of ‘69 was a turning point for a young 20-year-old man working as a bank teller in Ohio’s Society National Bank when he decided to quietly fill a paper bag with nearly $230,000 in cash and walk out of the building.

As years passed, this proved to be one of Ohio’s greatest historical events, especially given that Conrad was never caught… well never during his life at least.

Due to inflation rates over the years, this amount of money back then would total at around $1,7 million right now, which could net nearly 10 years in prison for the culprit.

Conrad on the other hand was playing a completely different game.

There was no theatrics, no gunfights, no Hollywood explosions, but rather, Conrad simply walked back home with the stolen money, and by the time the bank had figured out money was missing, he was long gone.

With a 2 day head start on the police forces, it was practically impossible to catch up to him, and Conrad didn’t seem to have chosen to go that far either, as 50 years later, an investigation into the death of a cancer patient would lead the police only 650 miles northeast to Lynnfield, Massachusetts.

50 years of hiding in plain sight

It would turn out that all these years, Conrad was living under the false name of Thomas Randele in this quiet Boston suburb, just being a regular family man with a job at a car dealership and short careers in golf and tennis.

What the police couldn’t catch up to, disease certainly did, as the infamous bank robber passed due to lung cancer earlier this year in May.

Following Conrad’s identification, US Marshall Peter J. Elliot, son of John K. Elliot, one of the marshalls previously tasked with investigating Conrad’s whereabouts, showed a sign of relief, stating that his father never stopped working on the case up until he died in 2020.

Peter and many others assure that those who have previously worked on this mystery are finally resting easy knowing that it has been solved, even if decades too late.

Despite being a caring and kind man throughout his life as Thomas Randele, Conrad definitely will be remembered as one of America’s greatest criminals, and this goes to show that, unlike the flashy, Hollywood endings, life sometimes has different plans for all of us.