The Girls of Murder City

Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago

By Douglas Perry; Peter Berkrot (Read by)
(Tantor Media Inc, Compact Disc, 9781400117697)

Publication Date: August 2010

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Chicago, 1924. There was nothing surprising about men turning up dead in the Second City. Life was cheaper than a quart of illicit gin in the gangland capital of the world. But two murders that spring were special worthy of celebration. So believed Maurine Watkins, a wanna-be playwright and a "girl reporter" for the "Chicago Tribune," the city's "hanging paper." Newspaperwomen were supposed to write about clubs, cooking, and clothes, but the intrepid Miss Watkins, a minister's daughter from a small town, zeroed in on murderers instead. Looking for subjects to turn into a play, she would make "Stylish Belva" Gaertner and "Beautiful Beulah" Annan both of whom had brazenly shot down their lovers the talk of the town. Love-struck men sent flowers to the jail, and newly emancipated women sent impassioned letters to the newspapers. Soon more than a dozen women preened and strutted on "Murderesses' Row" as they awaited trial, desperate for the same attention that was being lavished on Maurine Watkins's favorites.
In the tradition of Erik Larson's "The Devil in the White City" and Karen Abbott's "Sin in the Second City," Douglas Perry vividly captures Jazz Age Chicago and the sensationalized circus atmosphere that gave rise to the concept of the celebrity criminal. Fueled by rich period detail and enlivened by a cast of characters who seemed destined for the stage, "The Girls of Murder City" is crackling social history that simultaneously presents the freewheeling spirit of the age and its sober repercussions.



About the Author
Douglas L. Perry is the Director of Marketing for Virtutech, Inc. He is the author of four editions of McGraw-Hill's "VHDL". He lives in San Ramon, California.

Harry D. Foster serves as Chairman of the Accellera Formal Verification Technical Committee, which is currently defining the PSL (Property Specification Language) standard. He is co-author of the new Kluwer Academic Publishers book "Assertion-Based Design." The Chief Methodologist at Jasper Design, Mr. Foster formerly was Verplex Systems' Chief Architect. He lives in Richardson, Texas.



A veteran of stage and screen, Peter Berkrot held feature roles in "Caddyshack" and Showtime's "Brotherhood". He has recorded over 170 audiobooks, over 100 for children; has been nominated for an Audie Award; and has received a number of "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and starred reviews.
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