Wicked Decatur

Wicked Decatur

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by Troy Taylor
     
 

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In 1854, Decatur was nicknamed "Hell's Half Acre." By the 1910s and 1920s, the town was referred to as the "Second Most Corrupt City in Illinois," gaining notoriety as a place where murder, bootlegging, prostitution, kidnapping, gambling and political corruption were common. Members of the Decatur police force, like Troy Taylor's great-grandfather, were hard-pressed…  See more details below

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In 1854, Decatur was nicknamed "Hell's Half Acre." By the 1910s and 1920s, the town was referred to as the "Second Most Corrupt City in Illinois," gaining notoriety as a place where murder, bootlegging, prostitution, kidnapping, gambling and political corruption were common. Members of the Decatur police force, like Troy Taylor's great-grandfather, were hard-pressed to bar the door against crime in a town that seemed determined to remain wide-open. Wicked Decatur presents a rogue's gallery of those who have slipped through the cracks of legality over the past century and a half.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015949049
Publisher:
The History Press, Inc.
Publication date:
01/30/2013
Series:
Wicked , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Troy Taylor is an occultist, supernatural historian, crime buff and author of more than eighty books about ghosts, hauntings, history, crime and the unexplained in America. He is also the owner of the American and Illinois Hauntings Tour companies. Born and raised in Illinois, he developed an interest in mysteries and "things that go bump in the night" at an early age and later channeled his interest into developing tours and writing about hauntings and crime from American history. Troy currently lives in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood.

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Wicked Decatur 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love history this is the book for you