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Father Charles Coughlin
The Ford Hunger March
The River Rouge Plant
African Americans and the Success of the CIO
Lewis Bradford
Harry Bennett
The Battle of the Overpass
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Muriel Lester
Lewis is Attacked
Lewis Dies
Locating the Autopsy
A City Mourns
Who Knew?
UAW Wins at Ford


Locating the Autopsy in 2001

In April 2001, I contacted the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office. Cassandra Lee told me, "Yes, we could search for a record - but 1937? That could be real tough." She searched for two months. Then I got the call in early June. "We found the autopsy." I was almost breathless. She read from the report, "Multiple stellate fractures at the base of the skull, and multiple stellate fractures along the convex portion of the skull." I spoke with Dr. Carl Schmidt, Forensic Pathologist for Wayne County. It was clear to him what was in the autopsy report and he told me, "This was no accident - this was a homicide that was never investigated. . . There's no way in hell that he fell." (Phone Interview with Dr. Carl Schmidt, Forensic Pathologist for the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, June 22, 2001).

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