Murder & Mayhem in Chicago's Vice District

Murder & Mayhem in Chicago's Vice District

by Troy Taylor


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From the very beginning, Chicago thrived on its reputation as a wide-open town. After the Great Fire, no part of the city was rebuilt more quickly than the vice districts, where bribed cops and brutal force emboldened professional wickedness to celebrate itself with gala events like the First Ward Ball, begun in honor of a madam's pianist and often so crowded that passed-out drunks couldn't even fall to the floor. Randolph Street was nicknamed Gambler's Row because men gambled with their lives by visiting it. In Little Hell, guns and knives could be rented by the hour. In these seedy areas only put to sleep by Mickey Finn's knockout drinks or Gentle Annie's knockout punches, it is no wonder that Detective Woolridge kept seventy-five disguises, made twenty thousand arrests and was shot at forty-four times.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596296923
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 10/30/2009
Pages: 110
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Troy Taylor is an occultist, supernatural historian and the author of seventy-five books on ghosts, hauntings, history, crime and the unexplained in America. He is also the founder of the American Ghost Society and the owner of the Illinois and American Hauntings Tour companies. Taylor shares a birthday with one of his favorite authors, F. Scott Fitzgerald, but instead of living in New York and Paris like Fitzgerald, Taylor grew up in Illinois. Raised on the prairies of the state, he developed an interest in things that go bump in the night"? at an early age. As a young man, he channeled that interest into developing ghost tours and writing about haunts in Chicago and Central Illinois. Troy and his wife, Haven, currently reside in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood."

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 5

Introduction 7

When the City Went to War Over Beer 15

Before the Great Fire: Chicago's Early Vice Districts 19

Bloody Maxwell 37

Custom House Place 45

Chicago's Wickedest People 57

Chicago's Wickedest Place 85

Chicago's Other Wicked Places 93

The End of the Vice Districts 105

Bibliography 109

About the Author 111

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