Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

65 Years Ago

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

65 Years Ago

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County detectives yesterday solved a $2,000 extortion attempt when Sidney H. Loveall, phony World War II hero, signed a confession.

Ending a month-long investigation by Detectives Jerry Barry and William Connelley, Loveall was held on a district attorney's detainer pending a hearing today.

The officers said he admitted typing a note to Attorney and Mrs. George Munnell, 1402 Lincoln Way, White Oak Borough, in which he demanded $2,000 in cash.

"Leave the money within 24 hours or harm will come to your boy," the note Loveall placed in the Munnell mailbox Februrary 9 said.

Loveall, 30, of 1414 Lincoln Way, White Oak, is the same man who posed as a hero of the Dieppe raid and fooled everyone in Allegheny County, except the FBI, for months.

In late 1942, Loveall came back to Western Pennsylvania wearing a Purple Heart and a medal he said was awarded to him personally by King George VI. …

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