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Big Bay, Michigan: Anatomy of a Murder Bar

The Lumberjack Tavern was the site of a murder that later inspired the Hollywood film "Anatomy of a Murder." There are displays about the killing, the film. The business has never repaired the bullet holes in its walls.

Lumberjack Tavern

202 Bensinger St., Big Bay, MI
Lumberjack Tavern. Downtown, on the southwest corner of MI-550/Bensinger St. and Co Rd KG/Dump Rd.
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Lumberjack Tavern

The Lumberjack Tavern was the site of a 1952 murder in the small, Upper Peninsula town of Big Bay, Michigan, which inspired the award-winning 1959 Jimmy Stewart film, "Anatomy of a Murder." The screenplay was based on the 1958 novel by Michigan Supreme Court Justice John D. Voelker, who was the defense attorney in Big Bay.

The movie was even filmed on location. The Lumberjack Tavern has been murder-free ever since.

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Voelker secured an acquittal for his client with the "temporary insanity" defense. Multiple shots were fired, and the tavern has left the bullet holes in its walls.

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