Kirk Havers

March 27, 1918 – October 24, 1960

Detroit native Kirk Ashton Havers attended the New York School of Fine Arts.  As a 32-year-old Grosse Pointe Farms resident in 1950, he was prosecuted in the Detroit Recorder’s Court for accosting and soliciting.  Ten years later, employed as a hospital orderly, Havers lost his life in an automobile crash.

Detroit Free Press, October 27, 1960

James P. Wiles

June 21, 1908 – March 13, 1960

Detroit resident James P. Wiles, a heterosexually married personnel manager for IBM who was arrested in a crackdown on homosexual activity on campus at the University of Michigan in late 1959 and early 1960, took his own life days before he was to be sentenced.

Mattachine Review, May 1960