Nation: Mea Culpa

A confession rescues a priest

The Delaware police dubbed him the Gentleman Bandit after he had held up six Wilmington area stores last winter. Not only did he brandish a chrome-plated pistol, but he was a natty dresser who always wore a fedora and treated his victims with elaborate courtesy. He once even apologetically told a clerk, "I wouldn't do this if I didn't have to." After seven holdup witnesses picked the same man out of a police lineup last February, the authorities indicted an unlikely suspect: the Rev. Bernard T. Pagano, 53, then...

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