Tony Kiritsis speaks to police and press while holding a shotgun to Richard O. Hall’s head.
Image: John C. Hillery/AP
On the morning of Feb. 8, 1977, Tony Kiritsis walked into the Indianapolis offices of the Hall-Hottel Company for an appointment with mortgage broker Richard O. Hall.
Kiritsis entered Hall’s office carrying a flower box under his arm. A few minutes later, they both emerged.
A sawed-off shotgun was wired to a steel noose around Hall’s neck, the barrel of the weapon pressed to the base of his skull. Kiritsis had his finger on the trigger.
The two walked out into the frigid streets, and Kiritsis began marching his hostage through downtown Indianapolis. The police — whom Kiritsis had called from Hall’s office — were already on the scene with guns drawn. Read more…