The Girls of Murder City

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-07-26
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA

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The untold true story of the murders that inspired the iconic musical Chicago. With a thrilling, fast-paced narrative, award-winning journalist Douglas Perry vividly captures the sensationalized circus atmosphere that gave rise to the concept of the celebrity criminal- and gave Chicago its most famous story. The Girls of Murder Cityrecounts two scandalous, sex-fueled murder cases and how an intrepid "girl reporter" named Maurine Watkins turned the beautiful, media-savvy suspects-"Stylish Belva" and "Beautiful Beulah"-into the talk of the town. Fueled by rich period detail and a cast of characters who seemed destined for the stage, The Girls of Murder Cityis a crackling tale that simultaneously presents the freewheeling spirit of the Jazz Age and its sober repercussions.

Table of Contents

Charactersp. xi
Chicago, 1924p. xii
Prologuep. 1
A Mad Ecstasy
A Grand Object Lessonp. 11
The Variable Feminine Mechanismp. 22
One-Gun Duelp. 39
Hang Me? That's a Jokep. 57
No Sweetheart in the World Is Worth Killingp. 68
The Kind of Gal Who Never Could Be Truep. 82
A Modern Salomep. 91
Her Mind Works Vagrantlyp. 104
Jail Schoolp. 113
The Girls of Murder City
The Love-Foiled Girlp. 129
It's Terrible, but It's Betterp. 143
What Fooled Everybodyp. 153
A Modest Little Housewifep. 160
Anne, You Have Killed Mep. 175
Beautifulýbut Not Dumb!p. 191
The Tides of Hellp. 200
Hatproof, Sexproof, and Dampp. 210
A Grand and Gorgeous Showp. 224
Entirely Too Vilep. 230
The Most Monotonous City on Earthp. 240
Epiloguep. 256
Acknowledgmentsp. 267
Notesp. 269
Bibliographyp. 293
Indexp. 297
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