It was summer 2013 in the north-eastern state of Maine, and local police were patrolling the roads of Hancock County when they spotted a car behaving erratically. Suspecting the driver of being intoxicated, they pulled the vehicle over and placed the occupant, one William Morse, under arrest. But when the cops conducted a search of the car, they came across several items of personal identification belonging to an entirely different man. So just who exactly was this 40-something Morse character, and why was he traveling with papers belonging to a 60-year-old called Richard Bellittieri?
Born on Long Island, New York, in February 1952, Richard Bellittieri – known as Rick – attended school in the middle-class neighborhood of North Babylon. But, as a young man in the 1960s, he moved some 500 miles north to Orono, ME, where he gained a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maine. And during his studies, Bellittieri fell in love with the The Pine Tree State’s picturesque landscape.