Today in History: Self-proclaimed Cadillac Ghostbuster offers to help TC Police | News

April 29, 1922

Meet the anonymous “Bessie” – the alleged spectrum detective. “Bessie” claims Cadillac as her home and says she’s a professional ghost catcher, whatever. She first came into the limelight when she offered a few days ago to rent to Police Chief John Blacken of Traverse City and catch for him the alleged ghost who is said to be inhabiting the house of a citizens of Traverse. The Cadillac ghost hunter highly recommended herself to the Traverse City police as someone qualified to hunt down ghosts, guaranteed to catch them dead or alive, anyway. No reward was offered for capturing the ghost and Chief Blacken was unsure how he could repay “Bessie” even if the shadow was caught, unless “Bessie” considered success sufficient compensation for his efforts. . Traverse’s police chief told the citizens of his hometown that if any of them had any pet ghosts they wanted to capture and return to the family skeleton closet, he would put them in touch with Besie. She does not explain her method in her letters as it is probably a trade secret among professional ghost hunters. It has been suggested that Bessie might get a job with Prohibition forces as a spirit locator.

April 29, 1972

A ‘bomb hoax’ call at Cadillac High School on Thursday afternoon cost taxpayers about $100, a labor cost estimate revealed today. The Cadillac Police Department had five men at the scene to search for the alleged “bomb”. They were joined by an officer from the Wexford County Sheriff’s Department and two men from the Michigan State Police Station in Cadillac. Three of the city’s officers had to be called back in their spare time. Estimates of the cost to the city were between $50 and $60, depending on the amount of overtime involved. A “rough estimate” of the cost of the other three men plus equipment was around $40. City police received a phone call shortly after 1 p.m. A manager said “it was a young voice and just said ‘there’s a bomb in high school’ before hanging up.” Police alerted school officials and students were chased from their classrooms while a search was carried out. When no “bomb” materialized, the students returned to the building. This is the third bomb threat at the high school since early January, officials said. Law officials said a false report of a felony (laying a bomb would be a felony, the official commented) is a misdemeanor under state law and is punishable by a fine of up to up to $100 and/or 90 days in jail.

April 29, 1997

Offbeat language and a misinterpreted title are the two reasons Cadillac High School principal David Williams destroyed the school newspaper last week. Williams believed this was the only action he could take given that the newspaper was already in print and ready for distribution. “I didn’t allow the newspaper to be distributed because of two things,” Williams said. “Off-color language in one of the headlines (the word ‘shit’) and the implication of (the) word ‘scandal’ in the headline of an editorial.” Williams thinks the word scandal “implies someone’s wrongdoing”. Shielding the school district from libel liability was Williams’ intent. Now, after discussing the issue with student writers and editors, Williams plans to reprint the April edition, if the school computers still contain the necessary information. “If we could possibly reprint it without those titles, we will,” Williams said. “The problem is that our computers will not contain all this information. We will check and see though. If we can save him, I’d like to. It’s a very different attitude than Williams took last week when he had the newspaper destroyed. Over the past few days, Williams said support as well as disappointment has surfaced. “I’m sure there’s a variety of opinions out there,” said Williams, who stands by his original decision to destroy the newspaper on Friday.

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