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Addendum for a Fallen Trooper

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A couple of hours later, a driver spotted what he
thought was just a large yellow
cloth on the side of the road. He stopped to pick it up,
only to discover Conn’s body underneath.

Conn had been shot seven times. There was not much
physical evidence at the scene – the yellow cloth, a few
cigarette butts, a map, a pencil and bullet casings. There
also was an automotive service certificate, apparently
handed to Conn right before the shooting. His weapon still
was in the holster and his uniform intact, but his cap was
missing – and never found.

The auto service document proved essential. Police determined
that someone stole the vehicle from a Minnesota
resident. Lawmen soon found the vehicle – deliberately
burned – near Cambridge, Minnesota. A contingent of officers,
led by Lt. Ralph “Red” W. Alvis, went to Minnesota
to develop leads and investigate the car.

A break in the case came in December when an inmate
at the Belmont County Jail told officials that he could clear
up the case.

He said a fellow inmate, Booker T. Johnson,
bragged about his involvement in killing Conn. Johnson’s
story implicated four other people – Bernard Masulla,
Peter Sereno, Charles Ford, and Bernice Bradley.
Officials extradited Charles Ford, who said he met the
other four in a Pittsburgh brothel, where he had a job to
drive for them. After staying the night in Huntington, West
Virginia, Ford said they robbed filling stations along the
way for money and, on September 27, at about 4:30 p.m.,
stopped on Route 8 near Freeport so Masulla and Johnson
could relieve themselves.

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Larry Bertolino is a 31 year old, U.S Navy Veteran and currently sitting on the board of Directors for the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, as well as Harrison County Rural Transit.
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