He stole the identity of a dead 8-year-old. Police want to know what he was hiding from

After years of work, including groundbreaking DNA testing and genealogical research, authorities revealed Thursday that the man living for decades as Chandler was Robert Ivan Nichols, an Indiana native and decorated World War II veteran who slipped out of his given identity in the 1960s. But law enforcement officials say they still don’t understand Nichols’s motivation.