Friday, November 2, 2012

Not So Sweet Caroline, The Unfortunate Half of William & Detective Redmond's Descent

The Detroit Free Press, June 6, 1906

What's worse for a hard-working man o' labor: to have your pots and pans steely cold from non-use or to have them gunned at your person for complaining that the vittles weren't ready whence ye came home? Apparently both were equally bad and William Micklei had his wife Caroline sent to the funny farm as a result. There was also an accusation of "unreasoning jealousy" made towards Mrs. Micklei so it's possible that his evenings bereft of dinner originated with his home fires cooking in other non-familial abodes.

The Detroit Free Press, November 27, 1906

Security was obviously lax at the old asylum because escaping inmates were a frequent occurrence. Most of these runaways seemed transfixed on getting back to the city and when there often met with some form of trouble. William Half joined the ranks of the missing on November 26 and was smacked down by a trolley at Michigan and Fourth, sustaining a ripe scalp wound.

The Detroit Free Press, March 17, 1914

Detroit Police detective Peter Redmond's misfortune was born neither of madness or destitution but rather from an heroic deed turned tragic. While investigating reports of an enraged man causing havoc in a Gratiot Avenue store he was shot by the perpetrator, Louis Haxer, who had also wounded two other customers.

Although Redmond survived he never fully regained his health and was retired from the police force with full pay. Haxer was convicted of his crimes and served out a few years before being paroled. His freedom caused deleterious effects to Redmond's mental state and he checked into Eloise the same day Haxer was set free.

Though his death knell was slow in coming the ill-effects of Haxer's episodic violence gradually drained the lifeblood from the former detective as he died in March of 1914 after several years of residency at Eloise.

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