The old man died as he lived — obscure and alone. On July 24, 2002, the 76-year-old snapped the locks on all the windows and doors in his apartment in a Cleveland suburb. He marked the date on his calendar and shut off the air conditioning. Then, as law enforcement officials later recounted, he walked into his bathroom, placed a gun under the roof of his mouth and pulled the trigger.
"He Stole the Identity of a Dead 8-Year-Old. Police Want to Know What He Was Hiding From." is from the June 22, 2018 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Kyle Swenson and narrated by Jenny Hoops.