Illinois was in many ways born in blood. From the early days of piracy to twentieth-century mob massacres, the state has been plagued with some of the worst crimes in history. This book begins with a general overview of crime in the state and then focuses on its headline stories. Included are the cases of the "Murder Castle" of H. H. Holmes, the intellectual thrill killers Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, the bloody St. Valentine's Day Massacre involving Al Capone's South Side mob and Bugs Morans North Side gang, the eight nurses brutally butchered by Richard Speck, and the horrifying rape and slaughter of 33 young men by "Killer Clown" John Wayne Gacy.
About the Author
Troy Taylor lives in Decatur, Illinois and is the founder of the American Ghost Society. He is the author of more than 80 books on hauntings and unexplained phenomena.
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True Crime: Illinois - The State's Most Notorious Criminal Cases based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This book should have been called true crimes of Chicago. As a lifelong resident of northwestern Illinois I get very tired of the entire state being equated with that one city. Except for the first couple of chapters on early river bandits and outlaws this book was dedicated to Chicago crimes.
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I really enjoyed this book. I did not want to put it down. It was very interesting and informative. I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in Illinois history or is interested in unsolved crimes.