George Metesky after His Arrest
During his interrogation, Metesky confessed to planting 33 homemade explosive devices in public places.
Obviously with the panic caused by bombs exploding at movie theaters and such, police officials declared The Mad Bomber "Public Enemy Number One" and dedicated all possible resources to apprehending the offender.
The tip that solved the case and implicated Metesky was provided by a file clerk named Alice G. Kelly who worked at Consolidated Edison.
Either on her own initiative or after being asked by her superiors to review employee files for anyone that might have motivation to harm others due to a conflict with the company (historical accounts vary), Ms. Kelly identified George Metesky as a person of interest.
Metesky had previously made threats against the company after becoming dissatisfied with a worker's compensation claim (he had been employed with the firm until being injured in 1931).
Once police had Metesky's name, they were able to gather enough evidence for an arrest--which led to a confession.
With the case's publicity, the reward money for helping to catch Metesky was enormous.
Multiple parties including one of the newspapers (The New York Journal American), applied for a portion of the reward.
One person who did not seek the reward money?
Alice G. Kelly.
When asked why not, she stated that she was just doing her job.
She was certain that it was something anyone else would have done.
Now, I am not sure what a file clerk's salary was in the 1950s, but I assume that the reward for assisting to apprehend the Mad Bomber would have allowed Ms. Kelly a life of luxury. New house. New car. Lots of vacation time. Lots of media attention.
Certainly, no more filing.
But she didn't take the money.
She did something good and refused all accolades.
Personally, I would rather read about and be inspired by more of the Alice G. Kelly's of the world.
I know they are out there.
I just need to push aside much of the other gossip news to find them.