Mysterious Chicago

Mysterious Chicago

History at Its Coolest

Book - 2016
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From Chicago historian Adam Selzer, expert on all of the Windy City's quirks and oddities, comes a compelling heavily researched anthology of the stories behind its most fascinating unsolved mysteries. To create this unique volume, Selzer has collected forty unsolved mysteries from the 1800s to modern day. He has pored through all newspaper, magazine, and book references to them, and consulted expert historians. Topics covered include who really started the great Chicago fire, who was the first "automobile murderer," and even if there was actually a vampire slaying at Rose Hill cemetery. The result is both a colorful read to get lost in, a window to a world of curiosity and wonder, as well as a volume that separates fact from fiction-- true crime from urban legend.
Contents: Does the Historical Society have the bones of an early settler?
Did George Green steal the gallows?
Who's buried in Couch's tomb?
Is there a Revolutionary War soldier at Rosehill Cemetery?
Can you find the Huck Tunnels in the Gold Coast?
Was Walter Newberry buried in a barrel?
The lonesome death of Barton Edsall
What started the Great Chicago Fire?
Did George Francis Train predict the Great Chicago Fire?
The missing mansion of Old Man Storey
Did Thomas Neil Cream kill Alice Montgomery?
The vampire of Chicago
Where was Zanzic's ultimate spiritualistic studio?
H.H. Holmes and the vanishing skeletons (and other outstanding Holmes mysteries)
Was Inspector Shippy's "tell-tale corpse" real?
Who was Mr. Dove?
How many wives did Johann Hoch kill?
Was Marchall Field, Jr.'s death really an accident?
Hypnotized to the gallows?
The strange history of eternal silence
Is that really Belle Gunness in a Forest Park grave?
Whatever happened to Conway, the one-legged killer clown?
The fool killer submarine
Who shot Big Jim Colosimo?
Did Nick "The Choir Singer" Viana rise from the grave?
Whatever happened to Tommy O'Connor?
How many husbands did Tillie Klimek kill?
Virginia Harrison, Lillian Carter, and the Snuggle Puppies of Wind Blew Inn
Who killed McSwiggin (and why was an Assistant State's Attorney hanging out with gangsters)?
Did the murder of "Tommy the Greek" end a gang war?
Who was the Chicago hangman?
The St. Valentine's Day massacre
The woman in black at the Drake Hotel
Was the "Lipstick Killer" innocent?
Was there a shark in Lake Michigan?
Who killed the Grimes sisters?
The kangaroo scare of 1974
Was the man who killed John F. Kennedy killed on Grand Avenue?
Did a "voice from beyond" finger Teresita Basa's killer?
Who was the Tylenol killer?
Who was the masked man?
Did aliens visit O'Hare Airport?
The puzzling career of Vivian Maier
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Publishing, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: 977.311 S469my PBK
Characteristics: vii, 265 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781510713420


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