"Death Out Of Darkness" is a public safety documentary about the deadly tornadoes of the 11-April-1965 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak, which affected portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The film primarily focuses on the devastation across Northern and Central Indiana. Produced in 1966 by the Indiana State Police and WISH-TV in Indianapolis, narrated by Lt. Dave Levendoski. Video from visualarchivist on YouTube. There were 47 tornadoes in less than 12 hours. This was the 3rd deadliest tornado swarm in U.S. history. See Also: Ted Fujita


Below are personal recounts of the event. They have been submitted to us by our readers. If you would like to submit your story or photos please click the link in the upper right side of this blog.

A Portrait of Disaster - Slide Show of Marion, Indiana

Submitted by Nancy Bishop

From the publication, A Portrait of Disaster by Campus Studios. J. Michael McCarty Photographer

A special thanks to Nancy Bishop for her generosity in allowing me to use her photograps. Please see correspondence below. I will publish her husband's mother's story as soon as she sends it to me.
Thank you for the comment on my blog about the tornado that killed my
husband's mother when he was six years old. 
I would be happy to share the photos we have with you. I'm not sure
right off hand how many are on this website, but you are welcome to
whatever is there. When I have time tomorrow, I will try to sit down
and compose something to go along with the photos to tell Sue's story.
Again, I thank you so much, and look forward to following your site as it grows. 
Thank you,
Nancy Bishop

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