Freaky Flint History with Joe Schipani : An Insane Man March 1st, 1915

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.

An Insane Man March 1st, 1915

John Wrzygand was a thirty year old immigrant from Poland, who had lived with his nephew in Flint for a couple years. He finally saved up enough money for his wife and four children, who were still in Poland, to move to the US.

On Saturday February 27th he got the news that his wife refused to move and wanted a divorce. That sent him into a rage. He was still so furious the next day he made homicidal and suicidal threats. Not knowing what else to do, his nephew called the police.

The police considered him an insane man and took him to the county jail.

The evening of February 28th around six p.m., when all the other inmates were eating dinner, John got up and walked over to the sink.  

He pulled out a hidden razor that he had snuck in to the jail with him.

He slit his own throat.

John then stepped back away from the sink and continued to saw at his throat until he was stopped by the police.

John was rushed to Hurley hospital. They were able to stop the bleeding and sedate him.

Around 10 a.m. on the morning of March 1st  a nurse caught him ripping his stitches out.
By the time she was able to get help he had already ripped out all the stitches.

John bled to death in minutes. 

~ 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 

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