The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago
The untold true story of the murders that inspired the iconic musical Chicago. With a thrilling, fast-paced narrative, award-winning journalist Douglas Perry vividly captures the sensationalized circus atmosphere that gave rise to the concept of the celebrity criminal- and gave Chicago its most... show more
The untold true story of the murders that inspired the iconic musical Chicago. With a thrilling, fast-paced narrative, award-winning journalist Douglas Perry vividly captures the sensationalized circus atmosphere that gave rise to the concept of the celebrity criminal- and gave Chicago its most famous story. The Girls of Murder City recounts two scandalous, sex-fueled murder cases and how an intrepid "girl reporter" named Maurine Watkins turned the beautiful, media-savvy suspects-"Stylish Belva" and "Beautiful Beulah"-into the talk of the town. Fueled by rich period detail and a cast of characters who seemed destined for the stage, The Girls of Murder City is a crackling tale that simultaneously presents the freewheeling spirit of the Jazz Age and its sober repercussions.
Publish date: July 26th 2011
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
This book is nonfiction history that reports on a time in 1924-25 Chicago when the mutually reinforced interplay between news about several alleged murderesses and intense competition among the local newspapers combined to fire up public interest to an absurdly passionate level. The book then finish...
I really liked listening to this book. The reader affected this great "hard-boiled" reporter voice (at least that's what it sounded like to me) that really made it seem like I was listening to a newsreel. I also found that the media frenzy in the 1920s seemed very familiar to events that have happen...
I am much fonder of the musical Chicago than I probably should be. I/ve never seen it on stage, but the movie version came out at a time when...well, lets just say that a story about thwarted women who killed their men wasn't all that far-fetched to me, and I loved The Cell Block Tango (still d...
Read my full review here: http://cineastesbookshelf.blogspot.com/2010/08/review-girls-of-murder-city-by-douglas.html
This book totally blew my mind away! This is a true story which was recommended to me. I couldn't believe the story line without going into spoilers. It would have gotten 4 stars from me but I thought the story could have been tightened up some.