I’m grateful to the alert reader who recently pointed out an error of fact in the text. On page 297, I assert, incorrectly, that Hilda Erickson waited “60 years to tell her story” about the circumstances of Hill’s gunshot wound on the night of Jan. 10, 1914. In reality, as I’d stated three pages earlier, Hilda came forward in an unpublished letter to Aubrey Haan in 1949 — 35 years afterwards. (It took another 60 years until I came across the letter in the possession of Haan’s daughter.)
My arithmetically-challenged self aside, the question of why Hilda declined to come forward with the alibi while Hill was still alive is no less salient.