Death's Door: The Truth Behind Michigan's Largest Mass Murder

Death's Door: The Truth Behind Michigan's Largest Mass Murder

by Steve Lehto
     
 
On Christmas Eve 1913, more than six dozen people were crushed to death as they scrambled to flee the second floor of the Italian Hall in Calumet, Michigan. Someone had cried "Fire" at the top of the stairs. There was no fire.

The entire event was over in a flash, but the tragedy permanently scarred the psyche of the region. Was the call of "Fire" a tragic error or

Overview

On Christmas Eve 1913, more than six dozen people were crushed to death as they scrambled to flee the second floor of the Italian Hall in Calumet, Michigan. Someone had cried "Fire" at the top of the stairs. There was no fire.

The entire event was over in a flash, but the tragedy permanently scarred the psyche of the region. Was the call of "Fire" a tragic error or a calculated action designed to cause chaos?

Inaccurate history is like a computer virus: it spreads exponentially. Local newspapers were wildly inaccurate�often on purpose. Transcripts from investigations and hearings survive, but don't tell the whole story, either. The coroner's inquest was botched worse than any other legal proceeding of its sort in Michigan. On the other hand, a House Subcommittee hearing was well conducted.

In Death's Door: The Truth Behind Michigan's Largest Mass Murder, author and attorney Steve Lehto wades through conflicting news reports, transcripts and other documentation to finally set the record straight.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781879094772
Publisher:
Momentum Books, LLC
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are saying about this

Peter Werbe
Lehto puts events back together with the eye of a crime-scene investigator and first-class historian. --Peter Werbe, host of "Nightcall," WRIF-FM 101.1 Detroit
Dr. Daniel Clark
Lehto has a keen eye for nuance and detail that must be considered when interpreting documents and making historical judgments. --Dr. Daniel Clark, associate professor of history, Oakland University
Jay Brandow
The souls of the innocent have finally been set free. --Jay Brandow, reporter, WNEM TV-5 Saginaw

Meet the Author

Steve Lehto is a writer and attorney from southeast Michigan. When Death's Door: The Truth Behind Michigan's Largest Mass Murder was published in 2006, it was named a Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan. Since then, he has written two other Michigan Notable Book award winners: Michigan's Columbus: The Life of Douglass Houghton and Chrysler's Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit's Coolest Creation. He has also written Drawn to Injustice: The Wrongful Conviction of Timothy Masters, which he co-authored with Masters, and The Great American Jet Pack: The Quest for the Ultimate Individual Lift Device. His writing has appeared in MIchigan History, Lake Superior, and numerous other magazines and websites. Milo and Wolfy still keep him company as he writes.

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