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True Crime: Thief, con man, killer: Bernard Welch’s many sins

True Crime: Thief, con man, killer: Bernard Welch’s many sins
Police did not know at the time that the man they picked off the lawn was career criminal Bernard Welch, 40. He had been preying on Washington D.C.’s wealthy families for years.

Bernard Welch in Washington on March 29, 1981.Police did not know at the time that the man they picked off the lawn was career criminal Bernard Welch, 40.Bernard Welch leaving the District of Columbia jail on April 9, 1981, for the fourth day of his murder trial.On the day he learned his sentence— 143 years in prison — United Press International opined that “Master thief Bernard Welch, described by police as a ‘one-man crime wave’ probably will never break into another house.

Federal agents escort master burglar and convicted killer, Bernard Welch (left) into a car behind the Westmoreland County Detention Center in Greensburg, Pa.[More True Crime] JUSTICE STORY: How a dogged detective finally solved the ghastly slaying of little Grace Budd p When he sensed police were on his tail, he packed up his common-law wife and a baby and headed to West Virginia.

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