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The Resource Ugly prey : an innocent woman and the death sentence that scandalized jazz age Chicago, Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi

Ugly prey : an innocent woman and the death sentence that scandalized jazz age Chicago, Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi

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Ugly prey : an innocent woman and the death sentence that scandalized jazz age Chicago
Title
Ugly prey
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an innocent woman and the death sentence that scandalized jazz age Chicago
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Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "An Italian immigrant who spoke little English and struggled to scrape together a living on her primitive family farm outside Chicago, Sabella Nitti was arrested in 1923 for the murder of her missing husband. Within two months, she was found guilty and became the first woman ever sentenced to hang in Chicago. Journalist Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi leads readers through Sabella's sensational case, showing how, with no evidence and no witnesses, she was the target of an obsessed deputy sheriff and the victim of a faulty legal system. She was also--to the men who convicted her and the reporters fixated on her--ugly. For that unforgiveable crime, the media painted her as a hideous, dirty, and unpredictable immigrant, almost an animal. Lucchesi brings to life the sights and sounds of 1920s Chicago--its then-rural outskirts, downtown halls of power, and headline-making crimes and trials, including those of two other women (who would inspire the musical and film Chicago) also accused of killing the men in their lives. But Sabella's fellow inmates Beulah and Belva were beautiful, charmed the all-male juries, and were quickly acquitted, raising doubts among many Chicagoans about the fairness of the "poor ugly immigrant's" conviction. Featuring an ambitious and ruthless journalist who helped demonize Sabella through her reports, and the brilliant, beautiful, twenty-three-year-old lawyer who helped humanize her with a jailhouse makeover, Ugly Prey is not just a page-turning courtroom drama but also a thought-provoking look at the intersection of gender, ethnicity, class, and the American justice system"--
  • "The story of poor Italian immigrant Sabella Nitti, the first woman ever sentenced to hang in Chicago, in 1923, for the alleged murder of her husband"--
Summary
An Italian immigrant who spoke little English and struggled to scrape together a living on her primitive family farm outside Chicago, Sabella Nitti was arrested in 1923 for the murder of her missing husband. With no evidence and no witnesses, she was quickly found guilty and sentenced to hang. Ugly Prey is a page-turning courtroom drama, but also a thought-provoking look at the intersection of gender, ethnicity, class, and the American justice system
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Biography type
individual biography
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10567606
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Lucchesi, Emilie Le Beau
Dewey number
  • 364.152/3092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Nitti, Sabella
  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • Judicial error
  • Women murderers
  • Trials (Murder)
  • Murder
  • TRUE CRIME / Murder / General
  • HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
  • HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)
Target audience
adult
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an innocent woman and the death sentence that scandalized jazz age Chicago
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Ugly prey : an innocent woman and the death sentence that scandalized jazz age Chicago, Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-316) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Guilty -- The year before -- To shield and protect -- Ninety-five days to die -- Passing through the fire -- Epilogue: All that jazz
Control code
ocn961415258
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 326 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781613736968
Lccn
2016056591
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)961415258
Label
Ugly prey : an innocent woman and the death sentence that scandalized jazz age Chicago, Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-316) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Guilty -- The year before -- To shield and protect -- Ninety-five days to die -- Passing through the fire -- Epilogue: All that jazz
Control code
ocn961415258
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 326 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781613736968
Lccn
2016056591
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)961415258

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