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Escaped Murderer Welch Recaptured

August 08, 1985|Associated Press

GREENSBURG, Pa. — Police answering a complaint about an illegally parked car Wednesday recaptured Bernard Welch, the master burglar who escaped three months ago from a prison where he was serving a sentence for murdering a prominent Washington cardiologist.

Welch, 45, of Great Falls, Va., was turned over to federal custody Wednesday afternoon and taken back to the U.S. penitentiary at Marion, Ill., Howard Safir, assistant director for operations of the U.S. Marshals Service, said in Washington, D.C.

He had escaped from an Illinois prison May 14 while serving a 143-year sentence for his conviction in the 1980 shooting death of Dr. Michael Halberstam, brother of journalist David Halberstam.

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