Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Detroit Woman, Hidden In Car, Slashes Mate And Girl Friend

The Windsor Daily Star, November 11, 1946
The heat in the kitchen at the Wayne County General Hospital apparently wasn't hot enough for employee Dennis Putnam so he did a little cooking on the side in his personal affairs. Which included picking up his girlfriend, 24-year-old Ruth Townshend, after his shift in November of 1946 for a tryst on Ford Road east of Wayne.

Unbeknownst to the lovebirds was that Putnam's wife, Otha, was patiently waiting on the floor of the backseat for the physical proof of their suspected infidelity. Having warned the duo to keep away from each other, she slashed both several times with a pen knife, leaving Miss Townshend with serious injuries to her head, face, hands and a nearly severed ear. Mr. Putnam received a long scalp laceration as well as injuries to his neck, face and sense of adventure.

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