Freaky Flint History with Joe Schipani - Conflicting Evidence May 7th, 1933 #freakyflinthistory

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Conflicting Evidence May 7th, 1933

The morning of May 7, 1933 started in an unusual way for Robert and Muriel Moyar. He woke up that Sunday in his usual manor and went outside do yard work. But Muriel claimed she said she did not feel well and stayed in bed.

Around ten in the morning, while doing yard work, Robert heard a gunshot from inside the house. He quickly ran into the house to see what happened. When he got the bedroom, he saw Muriel lying there holding a gun, with a bullet hole in her head, mumbling she was sorry. He then ran to the neighbor’s house to have them call the police before rushing back to Muriel.

By the time he returned she was gone.

The police arrived shortly after and took statements from Robert and neighbors who heard the gun fire.

When the coroner arrived and looked at the body he determined that Muriel had been dead for several hours and although possible, it would be hard for her to shoot herself at an angle to match the wound entry.

Muriel’s body was taken to the coroner’s office for further investigation.

Robert was taken to the police station under suspicion of murder. Robert stood his ground with the suicide claims.

The coroner decided he did not want to make the call and would leave it up to a jury to decide.

Muriel’s mother arrived that afternoon and gave her statement to the police. She claimed that when she talked to Muriel the day before Muriel had asked to borrow money. Her mother told her she would have to check with Muriel’s father who was in Chicago at the time. Muriel then told her not to worry and bid her goodbye.

Robert claimed that the two stayed home the night before and went to bed early.

A contradicting statement was given by one of Muriel’s friends who claimed to see Muriel at a dance with another man. The unidentified man sent a statement to the police that he and Muriel attended the dance Saturday night. He claimed that he took Muriel and her friend home when the dance was over at one in the morning because all three of them lived on the same block. He parked his car in his drive way and said her goodnight. Muriel refused to get out of the car. She claimed she was afraid to go home to her husband. He then left her in his car alone. She eventually walked home.

The case did not have enough evidence to convict Robert of murder. He was released from jail.

Did Robert think Muriel was cheating and killed her? Did he hold the gun to her head and force her to pull the trigger? This would explain the angle of the bullet hole and the coroner’s statement that she’d been dead for hours.

Or did she kill herself like her husband claimed?

~ 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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