03 October 2008

"Burned-Up Suitor Burns Girl's Home"

Publication and Photogrpaher NOT referenced.
(Likely The Detroit Free Press).

Original Caption:

Burned-Up Suitor Burns Girl's Home.

Detroit -- William Sykes, a little man of mighty passion (he weighs 105 pounds) is shown, hands on hips, as he talks to detective Fred Wilkinson, who weighs somewhere between 300 and 400 pounds, questioning him in connection with a fire. The fire was in the home of Mrs. Lisette Adams who had kept company with Sykes while she was separated from her husband. Then she went back to hubby, William C. Adams. Mr. Sykes was spurned. He burned and finally set fire to the Adams home. March 3 (1955)

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"An Ongoing Series of Cultural and Personal Observations;
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To which I would add: There needs to be a better understanding, and a serious effort to document sources and authors. The percentages and sheer volume of images posted over there dictates that there has to be some of that information available to be captured. Tom tells me that it just isn't there. (!!) Hmmmm....
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