The Girls of Murder City
Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago
ISBN 9780143119227 | 320 pages | 26 Jul 2011 | Penguin | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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From the author of Eliot Ness, the gripping 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 City recounts 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 City is a crackling tale that simultaneously presents the freewheeling spirit of the Jazz Age and its sober repercussions.
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