Death’s Door, Second Edition
The Truth Behind the Italian Hall Disaster and the Strike of 1913
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, 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. In this expanded and updated edition of Death’s Door, which includes new discoveries made since this award-winning book was first published, author and attorney Steve Lehto wades through conflicting news reports, transcripts and other documentation to finally set the record straight.