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From: "Allison Sibert" <>
Subject: [BS] Qualification_ request
Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2007 08:20:35 -0500
My great-great grandfather's name is John F Brabant, of Deckerville, MI. I
was first told of him by my grandmother, who explained that there was some
questionable circumstances around the death of his wife, Hattie Belle
Foster, who was found drowned in the rainbarrel, and frozen in. She thought
he may have spent some jail time for it.
What I found in the newspaper archive was this:
Ironwood Daily Globe,
March 12, 1954
Bridegroom, 78, Held in Death of Third Wife
Deckerville (AP) -- A gaunt, 78-year-old bridegroom was held for
investigation of murder today in the bludgeon-slaying of his third wife.
Police planned to question him in the mysterious rain barrel drowning of his
Sgt. Murell Clark, of the Sandusky State Police Post, said John F. Brabant,
a retired Deckerville marine engineer, admitted killing Mrs. Flora Brabant,
his 76-year-old bride of six months, Thursday, but didn't "know why I killed
Brabant's first wife, Hattie Belle, 73, was found dead in a partly filled
rain barrel Nov. 5, 1951 at the couple's home in this small "thumb" area
A search of the back yart Thursday disclosed the weapon, a crude steel tool,
buried beneath a water pump. It had been partly burned.
Clark said Brabant admitted burying the tool after trying to burn it.
Further investigation showed that the third Mrs. Brabant had made out a will
last Feb 27 in which she left all her possesions to a son by a previous
marriage, Vernon le Gear of Warren, Mich. The extent of her possessions was
Clark said that he was dissatisfied with Brabant's denial of a motive and
had planned a further questioning today. He said he also planned to inquire
into the death of the first wife.
Brabant, who had six sons and a daughter by his first marriage, was being
held in the Sanilac County Jail at Sandusky.
Brabant's second marriage in 1952 lasted only two weeks before it wound up
in divorce courts.
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