Kiritsis and Me: Enduring 63 Hours at Gunpoint

May 23, 2017
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Dick Hall is a retired Indianapolis business executive. In 1977 he was kidnapped, marched through the streets of Indianapolis with a shotgun wired to his neck and held hostage at gunpoint for 63 hours by a disgruntled client named Anthony Kiritsis. Law enforcement agencies and an Indianapolis radio broadcaster frantically negotiated to save Hall's life. The story made national headlines and earned a Pulitzer Prize for an Indiana photographer. In his new book Kiritsis and Me: 63 Hours at Gunpoint, Hall reveals the details of the harrowing incident he has not discussed publically for 40 years. He is a graduate of Purdue University and a U.S. Navy veteran. Lisa Hendrickson assisted Dick Hall in the writing of his book, and will present this program with him.

Kiritsis and Me

On a raw February morning in 1977, Indianapolis police radio frequencies crackled with the first acts of what was to become a bizarre and frightening three-day-long psychodrama. A man named Tony Kiritsis had wired a shotgun to the back of Richard Hall's head. In a type of manic march, Kiritsis nudged and shoved Hall from his downtown Indianapolis office over piles of snow on midtown streets. Kiritsis was belligerent, fingering the trigger with his right hand as he held the barrel in his left, and prodding Hall. It was cold. Both men were in shirtsleeves. Citizens and police were simply stunned by what they saw.

The cursing and screaming Kiritsis commandeered a police car and sped off to the west. Something was about to change in American media coverage, and forever in the life of Richard Hall. For three days his angry, ranting captor threatened to kill him as radio, television, wire service and newspaper reporters covered every turn of event.

Book sales and signings will follow the presentation, with proceeds benefiting the Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation. Registration is required by emailing the Foundation office at karland@carmel.lib.in.us or by calling (317) 814-3984.

This program will be held in the Program Room.