The 1926 Orland Park Murder Mystery

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On the morning of April 14, 1926, the Inland Steel payroll delivery was hijacked in Indiana Harbor. Later that afternoon, Will County deputy sheriff and Mokena resident Walter Fisher died in a hail of gunfire just outside Orland Park. That night, the bullet-riddled body of Santo Calabrese turned up on a Broadview road. The exact sequence of events remains uncertain, but a jury was able to trace enough of the day's violent trajectory to send Daniel Hesly on the path to Alcatraz. Matthew Galik leaps into a drama of high-speed pursuit and mistaken identity that shocked the jaded sensibilities of Prohibition-era Chicago and plunged the town of Mokena into mourning.
ISBN: 9781467139915
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Illinois
Series: True Crime
Images: 32
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
At this very second busy in a dusty archive, Matthew T. Galik is a native of Mokena and has been studying the history of the village for twenty years. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois–Chicago, having received his degree in Germanic studies, and is the author of Images of America: Mokena by Arcadia Publishing, as well as numerous pieces for the Will County Historical Society and the Mokena Messenger, where he has a column titled “Matt’s Old Mokena.” He has seats on both the board of trustees of the Mokena Community Public Library District and the Will County Historic Preservation Commission. Matt also is a Chicago tour guide, entertaining visitors and residents alike with breezy stories of architects and gangsters.
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