The reporters on the Journal Herald in Dayton, Ohio must have been in mischievous mood one Tuesday morning in May 1946.
When they heard a police report that William Heenan had been taken to hospital after a road accident, they naturally wanted to follow up on the story. But then their imagination took hold. This is what they reported.
When I first saw the story I thought it was strange that a man’s medical treatment would be reported in such detail. I don’t think I’d be happy to have had my treatment spread across the entire county.
It’s not until you read the second half of the report that you realise the journalists are having great fun.
Clearly the only attention needed by William Heenan was a repair to his clothing. I suspect the position of the rip was the issue – it would have caused offence to the sensibilities of the good people of Hamilton county, if he’d left hospital in that state.
Who William Heenan was I have no idea. Nor do we ever learn his fate after his arrest.
But on a wild and windy day, this report brought a smile to my face. For which I shall say ‘thanks William.’
Source: Journal Herald, Dayton, Ohio, 21 May 1946, page 3. via newspapers.com