Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Petting Bandit Strikes Again and Again

Detroit Free Press, November 13, 1933
Nyet! Just as the fabled bogeyman catchphrase "a black man was seen fleeing the scene" was uttered when one wanted to sweep aside a heinous act by one of their brethren so, too, did Lloyd Dorsey try to employ the bait and switch with his own perfidy. So when he beat his beloved with a wrench the blame was foisted upon a "petting bandit." That is, a molester who accosts a couple in an attempt to cop a feel or do more extensive bodily groping.

The police weren't buying it. Especially since his girlfriend Louise Curtis attempted suicide after reporting that Dorsey had beaten her for joy riding in his car. Dorsey had no recall of any quarrels between himself and Curtis despite her accusations. Her suicide note might have clarified things but the Free Press failed to print only the first three words and a partial fourth, "We will be bet-..."

No matter. Louise recovered from her love-struck amnesia and sided with her man on the petting bandit:

Detroit Free Press, November 24, 1933

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