Freaky Flint History with Joe Schipani - One Last Kiss April 17th, 1926 #freakyflinthistory #FlintMI

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.

One Last Kiss April 17th, 1926

This story started in 1924 when Margaret Thompson filed for and received a divorce from her husband Guy William.

The couple had numerous marital problems including infidelity and physical abuse. Margaret had caught her husband cheating on her with a couple different women, one time in their own home. When she caught him in their home Guy beat Margaret and blamed her for his ways.

Margaret reported the incident to the police, filed for divorce, and moved in with one of her friends on Thomson Street.

For the next couple years things seemed to be going good for Margaret. She had a job as a stenographer at the G.A. Kelly Co. She also met a new love interest, William Mackie.

In February1926 Guy decided to move into the apartment below Margaret on Thomson Street. Guy had made several attempts to get Margaret back but things really escalated when Margaret started dating again. On Friday April 16th, Margaret and her roommate Esther, filed a police report stating that they believed Guy had picked the lock in their apartment and rummaged through their place.

The police told them without proof there was nothing they could do. They reported the burglary and went on their way. Margaret then went to the owner of the house and told him what happened. She claimed that she was afraid to stay in her apartment. He told her that there was nothing he could do because of the signed lease.

The next afternoon, the two women were afraid to leave their apartment alone. William Mackie came by around two in the afternoon to take Esther to work and spend the afternoon with Margaret. When he arrived, he was met by Guy, who was holding a pistol. William ran through the side yard, Guy fired five shots, missing William all five times.

Hearing the commotion Margaret ran out of her apartment. Guy turned the gun on her and shot her three times. The first bullet went into the left side of her brain killing her instantly.

The police arrived on the scene just after Margaret was shot. When they arrived, they found Guy kissing Margaret telling her that this was their last kiss here on earth and that they will be together soon.

As the police surrounded Guy he put the barrel in his mouth, pulled back the hammer, and pulled the trigger.

The gun was out of bullets.

He begged the police to give him a gun so he could finish what he started. The police refused and arrested Guy. As they pulled him away, he begged to give Margaret one last kiss.

Guy spent the rest of his life in prison.  

~ 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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