|The Detroit Free Press, May 4, 1909|
James Kenevan was no exception. Having spent the winter of 1908 at Eloise he returned to Detroit to find work. A persistent illness apparently kept him from that task. Or was it something else? We'll never know.
With his wife and children dead he likely felt that he had nothing to lose. The fact that he was only 55 and had already lost his entire family probably fueled that belief. Thus, he drank the carbolic death serum.