Moreover, in late 1968 authorities were told that McLain was involved to the tune of $40,000 with Max Stern and Dave Feldman. Stern is a former strong-arm man for the Cosa Nostra; Feldman, who is known as Mr. Gambling, is a partner of Giacalone in the Detroit numbers racket.
As for Voshen, ironically, in the months before his death he was being pressed by bookies. "He dropped $45,000 in the first half of 1968," says a friend. "And every Tuesday a Detroit bookie sent a different man or woman over to pick up a $500 money order to pay off another bet. It was always made out to Ed Voshen and endorsed by him so it couldn't be traced back. He had begun to run short and had sold a part of his business. Ed would become depressed. He would say, 'They press me and I pay, but I can't get the money I'm owed. Why?' "
The question was never answered. On the morning of Oct. 16, 1968 Voshen shot a round of golf at the Marshall Country Club, in Marshall, Mich. He went to Gabriel's Lounge in Marshall for lunch. As he finished eating, he got a phone call that appeared to upset him. He rushed out and drove off in a rented car, a blue 1968 Chevrolet.
About an hour later Calhoun County sheriff's deputies found Voshen dead in the car, which had crashed into a tree on a lonely stretch of Michigan Avenue, half a mile east of 13 Mile Road between Marshall and Battle Creek. The pavement was dry, the visibility good, the road straight. According to witnesses, Voshen had had no more than one or two drinks at lunch. From tire marks and the force of the impact, investigators estimated that Voshen was going at more than 70 mph when the car left the road. The top of the car was peeled back, the motor lay six feet away and debris was scattered halfway across a field. A car was passing in the opposite direction at the moment of impact, and a woman passenger saw a set of golf clubs fly past and hit a tree.
About the only principal to wind up in clover was Williamston Kid, who last raced in 1968. He earned $213,221 in his career, winning 11 of 64 starts and finishing in the money 21 other times. He is now standing at stud at Pharamond Farm in Highland, Mich. and, to date, has been bred to 16 mares.