James Kallas, known to everyone as 'Tiny', was a popular and well-known bouncer at The Factory Bar.
'Tiny' reportedly left the bar late the night of April 28, 1979 with two men. After being missing for several days, on May 8, 1979, his body was found stuffed in a sewer. Kallas was known to carry large sums of money and wore expensive jewelry.
Two men were eventually arrested, and one, Robert Fuchs (then 19), was charged and pled guilty of homicide by reckless conduct.
Just 19 months later, another bounder/ doorman at the Factory, Dennis Wesela, was shot and killed at the Factory bar by an irate patron following a dispute over $9.
The killing of Kallas and then Wesela were two of several closely spaced attacks on gay people, and together these attacks sparked unity and anti-violence campaigns by the gay community and forced increased awareness by civic leaders and the police.
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