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

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Momentum Books, 2006 - History - 232 pages
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On Christmas Eve 1913, more than six dozen people were crushed to death as they scrambled to flee the Italian Hall in Calumet, Mich. Someone had cried "Fire" at the top of the stairs that led to the meeting hall on the building's second floor. There was no fire. The entire even was over in a flash, but the tragedy would scar the psyche of the region for decades. Was the call of "fire" a tragic error or a calculated action designed to cause chaos? Death's Door is the true account of the tragedy that struck a Michigan copper mining town during a time when a bitter struggle raged between the striking workers and the mining companies. This haunting story continues to be an unsolved mystery today. Lehto conducts all the research to bring you the most accurate account of what songwriter Woody Guthrie called the ?1913 Massacre.?

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User Review  - Justjenniferreading - LibraryThing

This was a pretty interesting story. Having lived in Michigan my entire life I was surprised that I'd never heard of this incident before. It seems that with all the lore surrounding these murders ... Read full review


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Steve Lehto is an attorney and writer from Detroit. He practices automobile warranty law and has taught law and history. His writing has appeared in "Mopar Action" magazine, "Michigan History" magazine, and on various websites including Jalopnik.

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