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 

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