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The girls of Murder City : fame, lust, and the beautiful killers who inspired Chicago / Douglas Perry.

Perry, Douglas, 1968- (Author). OverDrive, Inc. (Added Author).
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  • ISBN: 9781400197699 (electronic audio bk.)
  • Physical Description: 1 audio file : digital
  • Publisher: New York : Viking, 2010.

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General Note:
Electronic audio file.
Formatted Contents Note:
A mad ecstasy. A grand object lesson ; The variable feminine mechanism ; One-gun duel ; Hang me? That's a joke ; No sweetheart in the world is worth killing ; The kind of gal who never could be true ; A modern Salome ; Her mind works vagrantly ; Jail school -- The girls of Murder City. The love-foiled girl ; It's terrible, but it's better ; What fooled everybody ; A modest little housewife ; Anne, you have killed me ; Beautiful, but not dumb! ; The tides of hell ; Hatproof, sexproof, and damp ; A grand and gorgeous show ; Entirely too vile ; The most monotonous city on earth.
Participant or Performer Note:
Read by Peter Berkrot.
Summary, etc.:
The true story of the murderesses who became media sensations and inspired the musical Chicago. There was nothing surprising about men turning up dead in Jazz Age Chicago. Life was cheaper than a quart of illicit gin in the gangland capital of the world. But two murders that spring were special, or so believed Maurine Watkins, a "girl reporter" for the Chicago Tribune, the city's "hanging paper." Newspaperwomen were supposed to write about clubs, cooking and clothes, but the intrepid Miss Watkins zeroed in on murderers instead. She made "Stylish Belva" Gaertner and "Beautiful Beulah" Annan--both of whom had brazenly shot down their lovers--the talk of the town. Soon more than a dozen women preened and strutted on "Murderesses' Row" as they awaited trial, desperate for the same attention that was being lavished on Maurine Watkins's favorites.--From publisher description.
Reproduction Note:
Electronic reproduction. Old Saybrook Tantor Media 2010 Available via World Wide Web.
Subject: Women murderers > Illinois > Chicago > History > Case studies.
Murder > Illinois > Chicago > History > Case studies.
Nineteen twenties.
Genre: Electronic audio books.

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