Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Chicago History

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The lives of notorious bad guys, perpetrators of mischief, visionary?if misunderstood?thinkers, and other colorful antiheroes, jerks, and evil doers from history all get their due in the short essays featured in these enlightening, informative books. Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Chicago History features 15 short biographies of nefarious characters.

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Overview

The lives of notorious bad guys, perpetrators of mischief, visionary—if misunderstood—thinkers, and other colorful antiheroes, jerks, and evil doers from history all get their due in the short essays featured in these enlightening, informative books. Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Chicago History features 15 short biographies of nefarious characters.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762772919
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,397,561
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Selzer is the author of several books, including the critically acclaimed novels How to Get Suspended and Influence People and I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It.He operates tours in Chicago, is the host of the Chicago Unbelievable podcast and blog, and frequently speaks at schools and libraries about Chicago history and Chicago ghost stories.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction vi

Chapter 1 John Kinzie: Founding Father, Brawler, and Killer 1

Chapter 2 Harper the Drunk and Stone the Killer: A Lush to the Last, The First to be Hanged 6

Chapter 3 Martin Quinlan: Bribes Weren't All He Took 11

Chapter 4 Cap Hyman and George Trussell: Trading Bullets on Randolph 17

Chapter 5 Wilbur F. Storey: The Cable News Loudmouth of His Day 24

Chapter 6 Thomas Hines: Architect of Conspiracy 34

Chapter 7 Marshall Field: Customers First, Employees Last 44

Chapter 8 Captain George Wellington Streeter: Commander of the Battle of Garbage Hill 51

Chapter 9 H. H. Holmes: The Devil of the Murder Castle 58

Chapter 10 George Pullman: Palace Car Patriarch 71

Chapter 11 Kitty Adams: Terror of State Street 79

Chapter 12 Adolph Luetgert: Sausage King of Chicago 86

Chapter 13 "Bathhouse John" Coughlin: The Bard of the Levee 95

Chapter 14 William J. Davis: Comer-Cutting Killer 102

Chapter 15 Johann Hoch: An Affinity for Arsenic 110

Chapter 16 David D. Healy: Dereliction and Death at Dunning 120

Chapter 17 Harry Spencer: A Killer Imagination 126

Chapter 18 Charles Comiskey: The Ego That Blackened America's Pastime 134

Chapter 19 James Colosimo: The Grandfather of the Mob, A Kingpin of Vice 143

Chapter 20 Tillie Klimek: The Black Widow of Little Poland 151

Chapter 21 Richard Loeb: The Not-So-Genius Killer 162

Chapter 22 Big Bill Thompson: The King of Corruption 170

Chapter 23 Dean O'Banion: Assassin, Hijacker, Singing Waiter, and Florist to the Mob 178

Chapter 24 Al Capone: The Hoodlum Heard 'Round the World 185

Chapter 25 John Dillinger and Anna Sage: Seeing Red at the Biograph 196

Bibliography 204

Index 213

About the Author 218

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    Funny and Informative

    Famous and not-so-famous stories of weirdos and jerks from Chicago history - some stories I'd never seen in any other books before, and new information about guys I've read about a hundred times (can't do a book like this without Al Capone, obviously!)

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