077 – The Ballarat Bandit (PE)

Episode 077 – In 2004, after a year long chase across multiple U.S. States an unknown burglar, who’d proven quite a match fro even the best trackers, was cornered in Death Valley, near the ghost town of Ballarat, California. The chase first started there giving the perpetrator, and thorn in law enforcement’s side, his name: The Ballarat Bandit. Rather than face prison, when capture was imminent, the man took his own life. After nearly another two years the man was finally identified as 50-year-old George Robert Johnston, a Canadian, from Prince Edward Island. He was a beloved husband and father of four beautiful daughters. His true motives for the chase through the desert died with him. (Photo is Public Domain)

Sources:
Wikipedia – The Ballarat Bandit
CBC: Fugitive ID’d as PEI Man
Pahrump Valley Times Article
Jason Kersten’s – The Ballarat Bandit (PDF)
TV Episode: The Investigators – Lone Fugitive

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