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Second City Sinners: True Crime from Historic Chicago's Deadly Streets

Second City Sinners: True Crime from Historic Chicago's Deadly Streets


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While lurking in local restaurants or just around the corner inside that inconspicuous building, countless criminals have quietly made their mark on the city and surrounding communities. Second City Sinners reveals the hidden history of these places, bringing readers back in time to when and guys named Al Capone and John Dillinger ruled the underworld.

Drawing upon years of research and an extensive collection of rare photographs, author Jon Seidel sheds light on men like H.H. Holmes and how Richard Speck almost got away with history’s most disturbing crimes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493038459
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/20/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 572,144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jon Seidel has been reporting news in and around the Chicago area for more than a decade. He’s covered crime and politics, written about joy and heartache, and delivered the news in a way that is fast, accurate and fair. He covered state government in Illinois and Indiana, as well as the 2012 murder trial of Drew Peterson. He won the Peter Lisagor Award twice.

Today Seidel covers federal courts for the Chicago Sun-Times. He’s a member of the Chicago Headline Club’s board of directors and a graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xi

Haymarket: Chicago's Bloodiest Day 3

Assassin: The Murder of Carter Harrison 25

Castle: The Legend of H. H. Holmes 39

Butcher: August Becker's Missing Wife 55

Bluebeard: The Many Wives of Johann Hoch 65

Letters: The Black Hand in Chicago 79

Tango: The Long Confession of Henry Spencer 87

Bomb: A Deadly Explosion at the Federal Building 99

Lucky: Tommy O'Connor's Getaway 107

Murderess Row 117

Part 1 "Dumpy" 118

Part 2 The "Chic" Divorcée 131

Part 3 "The Prettiest Woman Ever Tried for Murder in Chicago" 141

Part 4 "Beauty Is Happiness" 150

Kidnapped: The Thrill Killing of Robert Franks 157

Debonair: The FBI Suffers Its First Casualty in Chicago 181

Scarface: A1 Capone, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and Taxes 199

Biograph: John Dillinger's Bloody End 221

Lipstick: The Tale of William Heirens 239

Hell: Richard Speck and Eight Innocent Nurses 263

Epilogue: "So Long, Chicago" 285

Acknowledgments 287

Sources 289

Suggested Reading 313

Index 315

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