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Thief sought forgiveness for stealing radio in 1955

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Posted: Nov 25, 2009 8:25 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Nov 25, 2009 8:26 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Clarke College, letter, anonymous, $500

A long-forgotten crime resurfaced when an anonymous letter with $500 was sent to Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa. The writer tried to make amends for stealing a portable radio from a teacher's lounge in 1955. The letter and money was sent last week to Sister Joan Burrows, the Clarke College president. The writer asked that the money be used by the current faculty. The letter had a fake return address and a Chicago postmark. Burrows says no one at the college even remembers the theft but says "Catholic guilt" probably weighed on the writer's conscience all these years.

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