Ann Arbor News, January 19, 1970
Slain Deputy Mourned Sheriff's deputies served as pallbearers this morning at funeral services for Deputy Frank Crampton in St. Ursula's Catholic Church, Ypsilanti. Deputy Crampton, 60, was slain last Thursday by a prisoner he was transporting from the Washtenaw County Jail to Southern Michigan Prison, Jackson. The prisoner who escaped is still at large.
Bill Treml spent forty years at the Ann Arbor News working the police beat--"chasing cops and robbers," as he puts it. In that time he saw and reported on many of the stories we remember: the Coed Murders of John Norman Collins, UFO sightings, a bank robbery in Ypsilanti that left one police officer dead. Much of what we remember we remember from what he wrote. We got a chance to talk to Bill about some of those stories and what kept him at it through all those years. Treml's self-effacing manner cannot hide the fact that he went places most of us have never gone and witnessed things most of us never want to see. He stood in mud in his pajamas at murder scenes. He chased down paddy wagons. He took a front row seat to riots. He sat across the table from one of the worst serial killers in Michigan's history. Treml shared his stories of years as a reporter and told us what it takes to be a great reporter in any age of news reporting.