Cop Accused of Stealing Civil War Docs

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A former Howard County police officer couldn’t resist the allure of history.

Richard Malcolm is accused of stealing Civil War documents from his father-in-law in 2012, according to the AP. The father-in-law is a descendant of a staff aide to former general (and later President) Ulysses S. Grant.

Malcolm didn’t just want the docs for posterity. He tried to sell them to a collector in White Plains for $125,000. But the collector sensed something was up, and contacted an archives company. The documents were appraised at $500,00, so they probably figured the bargain was too good to be true.

Malcolm resigned from the Howard County police force earlier this week.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Technical.ly Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.


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