August 1958 Teamsters Union Business Agent Is Burning Torch Victim?
by Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr
Frank Kierdorf's "human torch" ordeal made headlines throughout the United States in August 1958. A business agent for the Teamsters Union in Flint, Michigan, he arrived helpless near the entrance of St. Joseph's Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. His traumatic story also involved his uncle, ex-con Herman Kierdorf. Released after questioning, Herman later fled from Oakland County authorities.