The Times from Munster, Indiana on July 4, 1954 · 52
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The Times from Munster, Indiana · 52

Munster, Indiana
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Sunday, July 4, 1954
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How In ik Shot 3 in Courthouse o z ' v t i I . ft-- v " . f ' ' ..--.' I ." . i "i ' " - lfW! IIMit: thut Mike Jmk wounded )irw -rmun hrn he tnf Ih'imi ik in )''t'l,' . rriHlnt k. I .irn minil real cnt.ite lu.m wlm w,rt a i. pnty ! -1 W in 1'ilft, .mills nut where firework! lKiin. Ift'iiisiiM k ictulln Jiuli I'htirlt'fi K. itrwiiwaM. viiki it 111 th'1 Htm by Imk'ss lust Mmf, "went itwr tin- ( Ink's 1 1 it limit 1 1 II fittirhttjf it" III rush to Viilllt. I,nMty Wttf". f )1 (I Kill) f .ilf' ln h-rc link tired; llwv dmappritri'tl after first I. of, lit in tin k ;iid. ft s v-- '-A J: ;Ar.. ;-. .. : f i MNOt; lirMIO( K wliimlH w ln t Jii'l" ( in t iiwitlil mIinmJ in 1'illJ Klitn f wiii hiUini? to Mik link jnwt tn-fotr shooting. Iti nmttMk, .it. (lie limi K.i i ilruty 1 1' t k nnil tirhiml conr.trr ulitih kii.h in iHitinii Klirtr Willi ih now. link wulkt-d in nkIo-Ktin, kIiiiIIIiiik Iiin fi i t. Woman Clerk Headed for Visn Cora Anderson, trust nffirrr at the Mercantile Nntumal H.irik in llMmmond, will led you flint a fwee t.f s'ct I ii limit, an int h hikh ran nrem lull a a form fence ittittrf ct rtsin i ir iiiui'Mni eit, per hrr. the t ircuiustiiticr were five NiitMttiiig of three nun by Mike laik in 11 Iti tn the superior tomt ht'UM ia Hammond. I I.Hfitiioii.l Tiinrw l'liTts ) V ' - 1 ! " " f Miss Anderson a deputy t lerk then. "I 4S IN the rlerk'a nttiec." Mm Antlermm retnlletl, and heard the noise but didn't know It wan shootmr Mnrtba Kalan mow living in I Hilton and married i wm with roe. "'1 h it. as finally walked into It!iril'il wnd Keariiif: a l.ns r tint, a V liiuns nn pra( lii'ii a juiI:;p nml firiiMTiitini; Btiormy m ihi- tiiLliy i.f the (. iil floor .f's Siiprkir t'ourt ljiiiliiinjf. Tti jmij."'. aFiimyt. tlnl him nut h a miiK;;iit' anil M'irai Unit to ko Imik to Whitir.j; Hint "Uike H Imth Tho liilin( in whij'jioil out ii tun rnl Ntarlcil firing. Hifor in- was finiMiit'tt Ih roe nun were wmncit'd, mm. si rUniKly, in r nit: i ni.tx in riiini1. tu n xihi r roniovi j Mike JuiU's oiit th-y fouiitl tin him: Kour in w i i viih rs. Onr iiuiutriii itnd isty-fiv but- l.u. A t'miflt'tr unit ff arrmir, in-thuliniS A hi Inn t. winfpiit Hi iilir. A MK-urd in h Miil'l'Mnl. A lidiiinii r. A Imfrhit, A blai kjai k. A butclirr kiufi-. An iron iKMik. A i hit) wiii i'iil in hlai k i liilh iimt Ntiulilfd with pinst. A f ivi -inund tiain. A long, hi-avy b-lt. rink stint up Mir cotirthuUM! in 1!iii and ttnii !innt lh rust of Ins days n Mio insjim- Kwrd nt lln slain iM'iiitt nluiry at Mil Infill 1'ity. 1 li' 'piitl", now almoNt a fornot-ti n pnt;t in ihr history t.f lliim-iiKitid. ninili" bij; IiobiIIiih-s in ltHii mid m ralihtd an lihlo iii:tur in tin. mind of m vithI fiertMitm. Jtnii ClKtrli'S K, tirrrnwuld. now a prai tii ins attorni y in Cary tint mm of tlift '.itral fbarartors in thr drama in tll. tan toll you whfi link's bnili-t wiTit, thriHi)h hi arm. Mm 'ora Aiiili riMin, trust offi-ttr at I lumitiond'M Mfnantiln National IJ.nk, riialls vividly tiow sht rrawlt'd btbind tlit" rountfr in thi fit rk s olfit t. nhi ri- nhir was a dt fiuty tit rk in I'M)!, and into ttu- vault. ..a. Tllf.V Ut.KKNT unfamiliar Kith Mikt link iufniw th" Whiting man had In t-n in t he trourt -lioust ft niiinbrr ttf liiniM bffon. 'J ht strariK" Mory ot Miko link hrttina a rtumlit-r of years tarln r. Mikr workttl at Hm Sttinditrtl d 'o, thrrt a fopiparativrly nr industry, in tln "lunift nrta. fno day Iw was injured at work. Thi" I Isiiiiiiiontl Timpa thrn Tho T.ak County Tlnust had difficulty ) firtiiDjf just how lit' was injured. At. nrif linir (he piipt r said hf fi ll from a niatftild. Amithor linir it r iiortttl a j'f t.f pip- fi ll at ross Ins hat k. link rtiivd a stttltnitnt of J I ..MM). Hut ht rt-fustd to t ash tho i hi'i k. Il persistrd in th Viflu f that a miHtakt had birn mailt in plating a period in tin- fiuiirrs. I lr thought in .sliould be $l.V',l. ... TIIK 4-:K-OI.II VVIntinc man Itvttl in a room over a clothing storr. He wa virtually a I'ay day found him regularly tt some of tlic lip plant e"1'" tnkinf! iiicktlii and tlimra from open hands. A rutin with a heavy blond bcArd and a mustache "he was everlast-inslv tirliiic," KcriirdiniC to the pnMT. Ink claimed be bad a Kifp in New York. When in jail, af'er the shooting, ll" ttild the I'tinsl rtl.le he Kan atraid to bring; In r to WhilinK htcause the Slantlard Oil would kill ha r. Jur.tire anil the Htamhird Oil Co, were Ins obscsMoim, the pHptr n ptirttd. I'cople cre divided in their opinion as to whether he was crazy or not. link thought, he hail been denied jiisinc and also bt iicvt d that people; were bt injt sict retly mur-derctl at the rtimcry. It wai for the latter rrastm that he tarried a long list t.f Hitmen of persons who met accidental death in the Plant during the previous 20 years ll wan Ia circulating petition) to have the company up- prcMM'ti, NOT IM KM)I KNTI.Y he would wear a placard over hm chest bear, ing some slogan or chitlletige. On the day of the shoot mp, for in- Vault the doorway of the clerk's offlt and was brandishing a gun. "We realised that it was shooting we heard. We dropped to the floor. "I crawled along behind the counter to the vault. "Vol' KMlW that Wtle piece of steel at the bottom of the doorway ia tb vault? I thotikht J just ..1Hi.n..WMH(tii i);.;..itiiiii.iriiiloiit'lWCT'iSiL-.m,.ii-w I b f - k . 11 i ) r" . : - 1 I , ? " " s- 1 I- i lCCA' XJ k- '-'v.v.. -C - - r P " 4 "i 7" f eW 'a&Sa Mirfm.fiilii.itHtfcrtiwA 1miria.Ji iir miinVirniii IIKKK'S IIKIIK hulkt from K. Orctnwuld. Judge Urcenwald, now practicing attorney in llary, was jinlf; of Suirior Court No. 3 in 1916 and wa one of otriiit charactt'is in courthouse drama. slnnee, he had one which read: "Mow ninny people did the Standard kill?" His preference was for red ink. For a month previous to the Khoutiitff, link had been almost a daily visitor at the superior court house. The patience of officials had been ex haunted, but no one thought him to be dangerou. On let. 4, Iftlfl, he came to the courthouse and first vi.vlcd one-armed I'rosecutor Patterson. He placed on the tiibhr a bundle of what he claimed to be documentary data concerning men killed and injured at the Whiting refinery, link wanted Patterson to prosecute the company. "I haven't any time for yitti this) morning,"' Patterson told him. "I'm too busy," The Lake County Times of Pec, 4, 1!W, reported: The next official Tnik waited on was Judge? Keller, who diamiased him an Patterson had. Court adjourned for the noon recess ami link remained in the building. He approached .fudge tjreenwaltl In the corridor a few minutes after t pm. There were jurymen in the hall and ante-rooms; the clerks were at their work, and a number of witnesses wore waiting to tcntify in cases. Judge Oreenwald stood near the door leading to the clerk's office, tnik had spread out the documents he carried ami tiie judge, thoroughly exasperated with the fellow, "bawled him out" in no uncertain term. Patterson walked lip and began to look over a typewritten petition MIH.S AMIHI.SON couldn't get over that. It seemed to be the hardest thing to do. "After we got in the vault we yelled and yelled to pedestrians to all the sheriff. I guess they thought we were crazy. "We didn't do much work the rest of that day." ! I in Mike Inik's gun hit Judge Chaih-s which Tnik had laid on the shelf at the clerk's window. Grecnwald had started for his courtroom ami. neeing Patterson talking to link, turned and retraced his steps. "IMT PAY any attention to him," Patterson cried. It was then that Inik? produced a .:iR caliber revolver and fired point blank at Patterson. The bullet Continued on Page 9 Judge Tells How He Y(ts Wounded 'T could never forget that," Judge Charles K. tJreenwald, practicing attorney in Cary said the other day when about the time in lftl when he was shot by Mika link. ""The wsy it started, this fellow Inik had been injured at the Standard Oil Co. The company wasn't liable but had made a settlement. "link; traveled all over and hail a list of attorneys he consulted. He had even gone to see President Taft but Secret Service mra shipped him back. WIIEX I WAS prosecutor, before becoming judge, I defended link in his guardianship case. He tlidn t want a guardian, but Judge Ttciter appointed a guardian. "Inik always resented it. He carried a grudge for years. He had it in for Heiler. "On this day he came to see Judge Itetter in court and walked up on the platform. A bailiff led him out. "WIIK.V I CAMK back after lunch, Inik was standing in the corridor. He was sweating, carrying all that armor and stulf. I said : " 'Inik w hy don't, you go home and take a bath. If I was Judge Kciter I'd throw you in jail.' "That made him mad. I hardly got the words out of my mtniih when he pulled out a gun and fired. He shot at me twice. I didn't even know I was hit. I was about 10 feet from him when he fired the first shot. The bullet went through my coat pocket and papers and through my right arm. "I ran and jumped over the clerk's counter and went into the vault. 'T..PW DeBow, the bailiff, looked a lot like Rcitcr. He was coming up the stairs about that time. Inik fired at hifu and hit him! "Keiter had a jury then. The jury was just coming back from lunch. One of the jurymen grabbed laik and threw him down. The rest of the jurymen overpowered him." Judge Greenwald was a superior eourt judge for 20 years. He first Utwiii a judge in 1914. X o X

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