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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Countless criminals have made their mark on Chicago and the surrounding communities. Chicago Sun-Times journalist Jon Seidel takes readers back in time to the days when H. H. Holmes lurked in his "Murder Castle" and guys named Al Capone and John Dillinger ruled the underworld. Drawing upon years of reporting, and with special access to the Chicago Daily News and Chicago Sun-Times archives, Jon Seidel explains how men like Nathan Leopold, Richard Loeb, and Richard Speck tried to get away with history’s most disturbing crimes.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493038459
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/20/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 640,986
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jon Seidel has written about many of Chicago's most notorious crimes and criminals as a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. He joined the newspaper's staff in 2012, and he was assigned in 2015 to cover the federal courthouse in Chicago's Loop. He is a winner of the Peter Lisagor award. Seidel was born in Pennsylvania but has spent the majority of his life in the Midwest, graduating from Indiana's Ball State University in 2004 before moving to Illinois.

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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