He Had It Coming

He Had It Coming

Four Murderous Women and the Reporter Who Immortalized Their Stories

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"Beulah Annan. Belva Gaertner. Kitty Malm. Sabella Nitti. These are the real women of [the musical] Chicago. You probably know Roxie and Velma, the good-time gals of the 1926 satirical play Chicago and its wildly successful musical and movie adaptations. You might not know that Roxie, Velma, and the rest of the colorful characters of the play were inspired by real prisoners held in "Murderess Row" in 1920s Chicago -- or that the reporter who covered their trials for the Chicago Tribune went on to write the play Chicago. Now, more than 90 years later, the Chicago Tribune has uncovered photographs and newspaper clippings telling the story of the four women who inspired the timeless characters of Chicago. But these photos tell a different story -- and it's not all about glamor, fashion, and celebrity. They show a young mother in jail hugging her two-year-old daughter. They show an immigrant woman who doesn't speak the language of her judge, jury, and attorney. And they show women who used their images to sway public opinion -- and their juries. He Had It Coming collects recently discovered photos, original newspaper clippings, and stories from Tribune reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins as well as new analysis written by Tribune film critic Michael Phillips, theater critic Chris Jones, and columnists Heidi Stevens and Rick Kogan to build a fascinating history of women in crime in Jazz Age Chicago, a history that takes on new meaning in today's #MeToo moment." -- Provided by publisher.
Contents: Prelude / by Rick Kogan
Foreword / by Heidi Stevens
The women of 'Chicago'
Beulah Annan
Belva Gaertner
Katherine 'Kitty Malm Baluk
Sabella Nitti
'Chicago' on stage / by Chris Jones
'Chicago' on screen / by Michael Phillips
Maurine Watkins
Publisher: Chicago : Midway, an Agate imprint, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 RUM
Characteristics: xiii, 242 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Mather, Marianne - Author
ISBN: 9781572842779


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