Freaky Flint History with Joe Schipani - Bathroom Window September 17th, 1924

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.

Bathroom Window September 17th, 1924

Alberta Jones and her companion Henry Hampton were visiting some friends on Dewey Street on the night of September 17, 1924.

The group of friends had a lovely dinner and then proceeded to play cards. According to friends, Alberta and Henry, were a little on the wild side. The couple was known for pushing limits.

According to the police report, the couple started drinking the illegal moonshine that they brought to the party. The police were called when the couple turned violent during an argument.

The police arrived and placed Alberta and Henry under arrest for disorderly conduct. Before leaving for the house, Alberta requested that she be able to use the bathroom .The police did not see any threat in it and allowed her to go upstairs to use the restroom. The officer noted he then heard the window open. He forced the door open but it was too late. Alberta had already dove head first out the bathroom window.

The police quickly put Henry into the patrol car and rushed to Alberta. They found her lying dead on the cement with a broken neck. The coroner’s report stated that she died instantly upon impact.

Henry was booked for disorderly conduct and spent the night in jail since he could not pay the sixty dollar fine.
~ 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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