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The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago


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ISBN13: 9780143119227
ISBN10: 0143119222
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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 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.

About the Author

Douglas Perry is an award-winning writer and editor whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The San Jose Mercury News, Details, and The Oregonian. He is the online features editor at The Oregonian and the co-author of The Sixteenth Minute: Life in the Aftermath of Fame. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Beth pdx, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Beth pdx)
This was a fun non-fiction book and my favorite read of this year. I love the musical "Chicago," and this book gave more history about the real-life murder cases that inspired that play. Also I learned about women who were pioneers in the field of newspaper reporting, a field that was a real "boys club" at the time.
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Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago
Perry, Douglas
Penguin Books
United States - 20th Century
Crime - True Crime
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Mass Market
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Grade Level:
from 12
8.44 x 5.46 x 0.72 in 0.61 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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