The 1926 Orland Park Murder Mystery

The 1926 Orland Park Murder Mystery

by Matthew T. Galik


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467139915
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 10/22/2018
Series: True Crime
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 1,233,062
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

1 The Heart of a Community 11

2 The Mokenian Walter Fisher 16

3 All-American Boy 26

4 By Any Other Name 30

5 April 14 32

6 A Servant of Hippocrates 35

7 Fisher's Chase 38

8 Doom's Chariot 46

9 "A Gruesome Discovery" 49

10 Mourning in Mokena 51

11 Cuffed 56

12 In the Face of Fate 59

13 A Question of Guilt 62

14 The Iron Door 66

15 The Path to Rehabilitation 70

16 Freedom's Gate 76

17 Settling Dust 78

A Word on Sources 83

Notes 85

Index 93

About the Author 96

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