The mystery of union big shot Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance is arguably one of the most famous in the US. Numerous places in Michigan and other states have been searched for his body. However, there are plenty of other compelling mysteries that have happened in the Mitten State, some of them supernatural and others just as earthly.
10 The Murder Of Donald Goines And Shirley Sailor
In a career that spanned only the first four years of the 1970s, Detroit-born author Donald Goines pumped out over 16 novels, nearly all of them following criminal characters in the underground world of African-American ghettos. Like the antiheroes in his novels, Goines lived a wild and tragic life.
After he dropped out of school in the ninth grade, Goines joined the US Air Force during the Korean War by lying about his age. Following an honorable discharge when he was 17 years old, Goines fell into drug addiction and street crime.
In 1969, after almost 10 years of going in and out of jail for a number of crimes, Goines decided to straighten out his life and become a writer. While serving time for attempted larceny, Goines wrote his debut novel, Whoreson, and sent it to a publisher. The novel was accepted.
After his release from jail, Goines stopped committing other crimes, but he still had a terrible heroin addiction. His addiction became so expensive that he tried to support it with his writing. But he could only find the energy to write when he was high. Still, Goines was such a prolific writer that his publisher decided to publish a few of his novels under a pseudonym.
On October 22, 1974, the authorities received an anonymous call that Goines and his common-law wife, Shirley Sailor, were dead. When the police showed up at Goines’s house in Highland Park, a small city within Detroit, they found that Goines had been shot to death in his living room. Sailor’s body was discovered in the kitchen.
Miraculously, Goines’s two young children were found alive in the basement, either hidden there by their father or spared by the murderer. Apparently, nobody in the neighborhood had heard the murders take place, and investigators were unable to determine how many killers had been involved.
Despite Goines’s notoriety, his murder has never been solved. Some suggest that he might have been killed over a drug debt. Others believe that Goines had upset somebody with his novels, some of which contained thinly veiled depictions of real criminals whom he had known or worked with in the past.