Freaky Flint History with Joe Schipani - Applewood Estate June 6th, 1924 #freakyflinthistory #Flintdeaths


Flint is well known for its modern violent crimes but Flint's history is filled with little known stories that read stranger than fiction. Gruesome murders, weird accidents, and violent deaths. Join us every Thursday as Joe Schipani details some of the odd but true deaths he found in Flint's archives.

Applewood Estate June 6th, 1924

The thirty four acre Applewood estate was built by Charles Stewart Mott in 1916. It was created to be a self-sustaining farm for his wife and children. The grounds contained several gardens and an orchard.

Charles Stewart Mott married Ethel Harding in New York in 1900. The Mott family moved to Flint in 1907 after his father died. He was the owner of his uncle’s motor company and moved it to Flint after receiving an invitation from Billy Durant. The company did well, and eventually merged with Buick Motors. The merger created the foundation for General Motors.

Mott’s wife Ethel became an active social worker in Flint. She was a member of the board of directors of the Young Women’s Christian association and the Child Welfare association. She was also active in a movement to get Hurley hospital to provide a maternity ward and children’s hospital. Ethel Mott played a key role in providing better health and living conditions for the women and children of Flint.

On the morning of June 6th, while the family was downstairs having breakfast, Ethel fell from her second story bedroom window. The gardener heard the awful sound of the body hitting the ground and quickly went to see what happened.

He found Mrs. Mott lying on the pavement in pain. He rushed into the house to get help. The family physician was called and Ethel was brought into the house. The physician noted that she broke her elbow, wrist and hip and gave her something for the pain until they could schedule surgery. Shortly after the physician left, Ethel Mott died from internal injuries.

The fall was considered to be an accident but there were rumors that she jumped. Some whispered that she was pushed.  

Charles Stewart Mott’s love life seemed to be plagued for nearly a decade. A few years later in 1927, he met and married his second wife, Mitties Butterfield. In early 1928 Mitties died from complications of tonsillitis.

Then in the spring of 1929 Mott met and married Dee Furey. The relationship did not last long and by the end of the same year Dee filed for divorce. Giving up on love and diving into the challenges that arrived in the auto industry during the depression, he devoted his time to his work.


In 1932 on one of his frequent trips out west Mott met his distant cousin Ruth. The two fell in love, and were married in 1934. He finally found his happily ever after.  

~ Joe Schipani is the Executive Director of the Flint Public Art Project and the FFAR Project Assistant at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.  Find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HauntedFlint/ 

Freaky Flint History with Joe Schipani - Slain Detective April 19th, 1924 #freakyflinthistory


Flint is well known for its modern violent crimes but Flint's history is filled with little known stories that read stranger than fiction. Gruesome murders, weird accidents, and violent deaths. Join us every Thursday as Joe Schipani details some of the odd but true deaths he found in Flint's archives.


Slain Detective April 19th, 1924

Over a ten day span a series of robberies happened throughout Flint.

The police department was clueless. They had no idea who was committing the robberies. Finally their luck changed. A woman stopped by the police department who claimed to have overheard a couple men talking about robbing George Yats, the owner of a poolroom on Asylum Street. The plan was to rob George when he returned to his home on Jane Street when he got out of his car to open his garage door.

The police quickly met with George and devised a plan to capture the bandits. George felt he was too old to participate in the plan. He did not want to go along with it. Detective Matthew Hauer then altered the plan his superior Detective Pelton had outlined. Detective Hauer decided to dress like George Yats, drive his car, and take his place opening the garage. Against his better judgement, Detective Pelton finally agreed to the plan.

That evening, Detective Hauer got into George Yets’s coupe and headed for the house on Jane Street where his fellow officers were waiting.

The plan started going sideways when Detective Hauer noticed one of the bandits approaching. Hauer put the brakes on before pulling in front of the garage, jumped out of the coupe and started chasing the bandit. Detective Archer was hiding in a nearby bush and joined the chase.

The two detectives chased the bandit for almost two blocks. Archer was faster than Hauer and caught up with the bandit first. He grabbed the robber’s jacket and the two scuffled for a couple minutes before the bandit broke lose because Archer tripped. Detective Hauer arrived just after the thief broke free.

Hauer and the bandit both drew their guns and fired.

Hauer’s bullets all missed the thief and he was shot in the head. The bandit took off running again.

Back up arrived quickly. Detective Archer chased the bandit until he lost sight of him around Olive Street.

Hauer was taken to the hospital. Knowing Hauer was a member of the Catholic Church, the doctor requested a priest read last rights before the operation. After the operation, Hauer was moved to a private room where he died right after his family arrived.

Many men were arrested and taken in for questioning. The police force spent many days investigating the detective’s death with minimal leads. Finally they got a break when the name Charles Wilson was given to them. Wilson was a known gang member with long police record.


The police took him in for questioning and arrested him for detective Hauer’s murder.

~ Joe Schipani is the Executive Director of the Flint Public Art Project and the FFAR Project Assistant at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.  Find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HauntedFlint/ 

Wicked Salem by Sam Baltrusis




Wicked Salem: Exploring Lingering Lore and Legends 

by Sam Baltrusis


It’s no surprise that the historic Massachusetts seaport’s history is checkered with violence and heinous crimes. Originally called Naumkeag, Salem means “peace.” 

However, as its historical legacy dictates, the city was anything but peaceful during the late seventeenth century. 

Did the reputed Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo, strike in Salem? Evidence supports the possibility of a copy-cat murder. From the recently pinpointed gallows where innocents were hanged for witchcraft to the murder house on Essex Street where Capt. Joseph White was bludgeoned to death and then stabbed thirteen times in the heart, Sam Baltrusis explores the ghost lore and the people behind the tragic events that turned the “Witch City” into a hot spot that has become synonymous with witches, rakes, and rogues.


Halloween Homemaker Gift Bundles


Two Halloween Homemaker Gift Bundles have been added to my 

Each bundle is identical except for the chalkboards- 
one chalkboard is Spooky the other Happy Halloween




Handcrafted Bewitching Creations Spooky Chalkboard 13 inches tall by 8 wide

Handcrafted Winged skeleton 6 inches tall

Set of 3 Halloween Magnets

Mini Notebook 3 x 5 1/2 inches

Fright this Way Sign 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches

Set of 2 Primitives by Kathy Kitchen Towels






Handcrafted Bewitching Creations Happy Halloween Chalkboard 13 inches tall by 8 wide

Handcrafted Winged skeleton 6 inches tall

Set of 3 Halloween Magnets

Mini Notebook 3 x 5 1/2 inches

Fright this Way Sign 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches

Set of 2 Primitives by Kathy Kitchen Towels



Adding A Little Halloween Flair to Easter

Are you looking to add a little Halloween flair to your Easter celebration?

Then check out these ideas.



You can find these fun skull eggs on Amazon

Fill them up with candy and stash them in a black basket. 

Can't find a black basket? Make one yourself by taking an Easter basket outside and spray painting it black.









Want more than skull eggs in your basket?

How about adding these nifty chalkboard black eggs?











Need spooky but fun Easter basket filler?

How about these bright colored skeletons?













If you're just looking for fun things to do with all the eggs you boiled check out Pinterest. There are so many possibilities.








Freaky Flint History with Joe Schipani - The Black Hand Returns December 10th, 1923


Flint is well known for its modern violent crimes but Flint's history is filled with little known stories that read stranger than fiction. Gruesome murders, weird accidents, and violent deaths. Join us every Thursday as Joe Schipani details some of the odd but true deaths he found in Flint's archives.


The Black Hand Returns December 10th, 1923

In 1910 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Boneventire moved from Italy to Detroit.

Joseph worked hard and made a good life for he and his family until around 1920 when he started getting threats from the Black Hand. Meeting their demands was challenging and soon he got to the point he could not meet them.

His wife’s brother offered to help them move to Flint to escape the pressure of the Black Hand.  The family managed to escape Detroit the night before the Black Hand was to make good on their threat.

The Boneventires did well in Flint.

Mrs. Boneventire was happy to be close to her family.

On the night of December 10th, 1923 Mrs. Boneventire was in the kitchen making bread while her husband entertained her brother’s family and the two boarders that lived with them.

Mrs. Boneventire was putting bread in the oven when shots fired through the window behind her.

Eleven bullets went through her body. The family rushed in and carried her to the bed. She died as they laid her in the bed.

A patrolman heard the gunfire from a couple blocks away and came running.

The police found the gun in an alley a block away and a note by the back window that said “you can’t hide.”

No one was ever arrested for the murder of Mrs. Boneventire. 

~ Joe Schipani is the Executive Director of the Flint Public Art Project and the FFAR Project Assistant at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.  Find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HauntedFlint/