Thursday, April 16, 2009

Liquor tested in poison death

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Saturday, April 14, 1934.

State Troopers Warren Hortbrook and Donald Hoadley conducting a raid on the farm home of Mrs. Pauline Vaisiska living near the Judd Rd. Friday, confiscated seven gallons of moonshine and took Mrs. Vaisiska into custody for questioning.

The raid was made at the request of Assistant Prosecutor George M. Stutz, Wayne County, who is conducting an investigation into the alleged 'poison moonshine' death of Martin Smith, Milan, following a drinking party, Thursday night.

According to the prosecutor, Smith and an unidentified companion visited the Vaisiska house to buy liquor. The two returned to the Chic home where Smith was later found dead, his companion having vanished.

An autopsy is being performed on the body of Smith today and an analysis of the alcohol confiscated is being made by the Washtenaw County chemist.

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