Cieradkowski: Hi Bithorn: The life and odd death of Hurricane Hi

From SABR member Gary Cieradkowski at Studio Gary C on March 21, 2020:

On December 28, 1951 an El Mante, Mexico police officer was escorting a suspected car thief. The officer had apprehended the man when the paperwork he produced for the 1947 Buick he was driving wasn’t adequate enough to prove ownership. The officers suspicions were further aroused when the man offered to sell him his car for a few hundred dollars, far below what it was actually worth. At the police station, the El Mante police chief instructed his officer to drive the suspect 230 miles south to Mexico City where he claimed he could retrieve the proper documents for his Buick.

As the pair prepared to leave El Mante, the prisoner slugged the officer with one of his two suitcases, knocking him to the ground. The officer pulled his .45 and blasted the suspect before he could hit him again. As the suspect lie bleeding out in the street, the man used his dying words to utter, “I am a member of a communist cell on an important mission.”

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Originally published: April 16, 2020. Last Updated: April 16, 2020.