Hotel Torni was opened at the beginning of the 1930s, which was an eventful period in the history of independent Finland. In February 1932 the Mäntsälä rebellion (a failed coup attempt), which threatened to escalate into a major armed political incident, took place. Another intrigue of the time was the case of Minna Craucher, perhaps the most notorious courtesan and femme fatale in Finland, who was not a stranger to a bit of blackmail. In March 1932 she was shot dead in her apartment on Mechelininkatu street. According to legend, the decision to murder her was made in Hotel Torni, which was soon to be the birthplace of many other momentous decisions and meetings.

              Sam Inkinen