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Alaspa, Bryan W., CHICAGO CRIME STORIES: Rich Gone Wrong. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Books, 2008). Four b&w photographs, 128 pages.
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Discover the most notorious criminals and crimes in Chicago's history. Meet psychopath and criminal mastermind Silas Jayne, a stone-cold killer even the mob seemed to fear. Read about the "Trial of the Century," the case that made the names Leopold and Loeb famous, and legendary lawyer Clarence Darrow a household name. Explore the mind of the Tylenol Terrorist who paralyzed the country with fear. You've heard about Capone, Gacy, and Speck; now learn about the rest of Chicago's worst.

$15.00



click to enlarge Taylor, Troy. MURDER & MAYHEM IN CHICAGO'S DOWNTOWN. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Charleston: The History Press, 2009). 6x9. Over 20 images. 128 pages.
~~ In the company of author Troy Taylor, pull off the trick of coming back alive from some of Chicago’s most infamous “one-way rides.” Meet the deadly womanizer Johann Hoch, who would propose to a woman within twenty minutes of meeting her and then poison her within a week. Follow “Terrible” Tommy O’Conner as he eluded the gallows for more than fifty years, until the city finally grew “tired of waiting” and dismantled them for the final time. Learn how even flower shops and cathedrals weren’t safe from gangland violence, and relive the tragic fire at the Iroquois Theatre, where a “fireproof ” curtain was made of cotton and did little to stop the blaze that killed more people than the Great Fire of 1871.

$20.00



click to enlarge Taylor, Troy. MURDER & MAYHEM IN CHICAGO'S NORTH SIDE. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Charleston: The History Press, 2009). 6x9. Over 35 images. 128 pages.
~~ In 1929, Chicago gangster Al Capone arranged a special St. Valentine’s Day delivery for his favorite arch enemies: a massacre. Seven North Side mobsters were left dead. Yet random killings and bizarre murders were not unfamiliar in Chicago. Tales of the city’s most violent and puzzling murders make this gripping work truly hair-raising: a deranged stalker kills his love object and then himself; a sausage maker uses the tools of his trade to rid himself of his wife; and a meticulous serial killer cleans his dead victim’s wounds before taping them closed. Through accounts dripping with mystery, gory details and suspense, Troy Taylor brilliantly tells the twisted history of Chicago’s North Side’s worst.

$20.00



click to enlarge Taylor, Troy. MURDER & MAYHEM IN CHICAGO'S SOUTH SIDE. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Charleston: The History Press, 2009). 6x9. Over 40 images. 128 pages.
~~ Lurking below the Loop, behind the industry-driven energy of Chicago, lies the mysterious criminal underworld of the South Side. Recounting criminal exploits of legends like Alphonse Capone as well as lesser-known stories like the Car Barn Bandits, Troy Taylor captures the intricacies of the most infamous stories of Chicago’s South Side. From the gruesome murders committed by the unassuming H.H. Holmes to the mysterious disappearance of Marshall Field Jr., join Taylor as he revisits the South Side’s prosperous middle-class days and vividly depicts the strange and horrific crimes that have cast new light on the character of these too often overlooked neighborhoods.

$20.00



click to enlarge Taylor, Troy. MURDER & MAYHEM IN CHICAGO'S VICE DISTRICTS. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Charleston: The History Press, 2009). 6x9. Over 25 images. 112 pages.
~~ From the very beginning, Chicago thrived on its reputation as a wide-open town. After the Great Fire, no part of the city was rebuilt more quickly than the vice districts, where bribed cops and brutal force emboldened professional wickedness to celebrate itself in gala events like the First Ward Ball, begun in honor of a bordello pianist and often so crowded that passed-out drunks couldn't even fall to the floor. Randolph Street was nicknamed Gamblers Row because men gambled with their lives when they visited it. In Little Hell, guns and knives could be rented by the hour. Discover the history of Chicago's bloody sex trade through stories of Bloody Maxwell, Custom House Place, the Levee, the Everleigh Club, the Chicago white slave trade, and much more. Not for the faint of heart . . .

$20.00


click to enlarge Taylor, Troy. MURDER & MAYHEM IN CHICAGO'S WEST SIDE. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Charleston: The History Press, 2009). 6x9. Over 40 images. 128 pages.
~~ Blazing from the West Side, the Great Chicago Fire left nothing but ashy remnants of the developing city—leveling its landscape but certainly not its spirit. While the West Side was home to the infamous O’Leary barn, it was also where news of some of the city’s most gruesome and horrific crimes reverberated throughout the state and across the country. Read about the bloody end of Roger “The Terrible” Touhy, who, although he undoubtedly lived up to his name, met an ill-deserved fate. Troy Taylor also delves into the life of John Wayne Gacy—the depraved man masked by the clown costume—and yet again proves to be a master storyteller and historian of Chicago’s criminal underworld.

$20.00



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