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Updated Jul 17, 2012 - 6:39 pm

Man confesses to crime, fake PhD in obituary

A man's obituary gave him the chance to confess to a list of secrets he had been holding onto.

Val Patterson, 59, died of cancer earlier this month and wrote his own obituary last fall. In the obituary, published in the Salt Lake Tribune and reported on by the Huffington Post, Patterson confessed to stealing a safe from a drive inn and admitted that he never actually had a PhD, which he received from the University of Utah in the mail thanks to a filing mistake.

Patterson said he never completed enough under graduate classes to receive the degree and didn't even know what PhD stood for.

In addition, Patterson admitted to smaller secrets like filling a geyser with rocks, because a park ranger was rude to him.


Do you plan on confessing to any secrets in your obituary?

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