Jan. 23, 2008: Detroit Free Press publishes Kwame Kilpatrick’s text messages

On this day in 2008, the Detroit Free Press publishes a titillating story regarding more than 14,000 text messages to and from Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick.

They suggest that he lied under oath during testimony in 2007 over the use of his security unit and an allegation that he sought to cover up his extramarital affair with Christine Beatty, his chief of staff.

The story, written by ML Elrick and Jim Schaefer, would go on to win a Pulitzer and lead to Kilpatrick’s indictment on multiple counts.

Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman, the author of On this Day: African-American Life in Detroit, is a native Detroiter and former news reporter. He served on the Detroit Charter Revision Commission. He lives in Detroit with his wife, Kim Trent, and their son, Jackson Coleman.