Love Letter Arrives 53 Years Later
But the romance, sadly, had already ended between Muhammed Siddeeq and the sender.
Siddeeq, a longtime Indianapolis math and science teacher, became a public figure when he agitated for an investigation into the hard-to-explain shooting death in 1987 of 16-year-old Michael Taylor in Indianapolis police custody (the police ruled it a suicide, even though Taylor was sitting handcuffed in the back of a police car)…
n the 1990s Siddeeq served as spiritual adviser to the boxer Mike Tyson during Tyson’s incarceration here following his rape conviction.
Now Siddeeq has had a weird thing happen to him. So weird that it ended up in “Ripley’s Believe it or Not!” — the yearbook the venerable weird-news aggregator publishes annually. The 2013 version came out last month.
Siddeeq received a letter that had been mailed to him in 1958. He was then a college student at California University of Pennsylvania. The letter was from his girlfriend who lived in Pittsburgh. “Love Forever, Vonnie,” she signed it, according to an earlier report in the Village Voice. “I still miss you as much as ever and love you a thousand times more.”
How they found Siddeeq, who was known as Clark Moore back then, is a mystery. He and Vonnie eventually married, but broke up eight years later.