Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press

Frank Witsil

Detroit Free Press

Detroit, MI, United States

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Recent articles by Frank:

Photographer spots rare 3-antlered buck in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

A former Michigan lawmaker snapped a photo of a rare deer in the Upper Peninsula — a buck with three antlers. → Read More

Snow totals across Michigan: How much fell across state

As a snowstorm swept through Michigan, the state got hammered with record snowfall. → Read More

Overnight snowfall in southeast Michigan smashes records, closes schools

Snowfall broke records for the day — and month. It shut down schools and left some streets impassable. → Read More

'Handsome' EMU student was unlikely serial killer suspect. Letters, interviews reveal dark side.

Despite his denials, investigators had long suspected John Norman Collins of killing other young women and girls in the '60s. He now has a new story. → Read More

John Norman Collins: Letters included 'PARTIAL FACTS,' but were heavy 'on the FICTION!'

The email is distinctively Collins, with unusual capitalization, odd spellings, and even a text emoji and an lol, text-speak for laugh out loud. → Read More

Murders of Michigan women still unsolved 50 years later — but cops had eye on 1 man

The slayings — all but one of which were in the Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor area — created terror, turmoil and a far-reaching investigation. → Read More

Never-before-published letters, interviews offer clues in infamous Michigan murders

Eight women and girls were slain in the late 1960s. New details shed more light on the crimes and John Norman Collins, who never fit anyone's image of a killer. → Read More

Evidence locker: What police discovered at 7 Michigan murder crime scenes

Photos of the crime scene and other evidence paint grisly picture in the case of John Norman Collins → Read More

Deadly dog attack on Hazel Park 4-year-old boy leads to outpouring of support

The heartbreaking attack has focused attention on an ongoing national controversy about how to protect people from dogs like this one that, in some cases, seem safe but might not be. → Read More

4-year-old Hazel Park boy fatally mauled by pit bull, mother hospitalized

Police say the boy's mother knifed the dog to protect her son. She was hospitalized for dog bites and other injuries. → Read More

Michigan winter to bring more rain and snow — but it won't be colder than usual

The forecast released Thursday by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration predicts about 30%-50% more snow across Michigan. → Read More

All-boys St. Mary’s Prep to accept girls as Michigan enrollment drops

Next year, the school hopes to have about 50 to 75 girls and gradually increase that number so that the number of girls and boys are about the same. → Read More

Michigan teacher still employed, goes on paid leave for allegedly driving to school drunk

A Lakeland High School teacher, who police said drove to school with a suspended license, failed a breathalyzer test with a .0354 blood-alcohol level. → Read More

Troy sued by feds, accused of illegally rejecting mosque, curbing religious freedom

The case was met with praise from Muslim rights and advocacy groups. → Read More

Alleged serial killer charged in murders of 4 women on Detroit's east side

The killings sparked fears in early June throughout metro Detroit and a door-to-door dragnet for other victims. → Read More

West Point leadership workshop gives glimpse into academy life, changing military

In obvious and subtle ways, Friday's workshop also gave Michigan students a glimpse of life at West Point — and in a changing U.S. military. → Read More

Farmer's Almanac winter prediction: Extreme temperatures, heavy snowfalls

From east of the Rockies to the Appalachians, the almanac calls for freezing, frigid and frosty temperatures. → Read More

Delta hiring 1,000 flight attendants: How to apply

Delta, which has a hub in Detroit, boasts that it is one of the world's largest global airlines with about 25,000 flight attendants. → Read More

Hobble, hobble! This Michigan turkey needs a custom wheelchair

Gracie Lou, a white turkey at the Sanctuary and Safe Haven for Animals, is having trouble walking and the farm where she lives is asking for help. → Read More

Infant found dead in Detroit bathtub, mother taken into custody

Authorities said police were called to the home, but could not confirm how the baby died. → Read More