Catherine Roraback was suspicious when someone grabbed her pocketbook one night on Temple Street. Everyone in New Haven in those days, it seems, had reason to feel suspicious. Paranoid, even. Especially someone like Roraback. When the police returned her pocketbook days later, Roraback’s suspicions deepened.

I was reminded of that story this past week when I heard the news Roraback, a hero to Connecticut’s civil rights and civil liberties communities, died at the age of 87.

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