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Author Lucchesi, Emilie Le Beau, author.

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

Publication Info. Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2017].
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 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  364.9773 LUC    DUE 10-15-19
 Naper Blvd. Adult Nonfiction  364.9773 LUC    AVAILABLE
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Description x, 326 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Ugly Prey tells the riveting 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. Journalist Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi leads readers through the case, showing how, with no evidence and no witnesses, Nitti 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 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 and its then-rural outskirts, when two other women (who would inspire the musical and film Chicago) also captured headlines for killing their lovers. But they were beautiful, charmed the all-male juries, and were quickly acquitted, raising doubts with many Chicagoans about the fairness of Nitti’s conviction. Featuring two other fascinating women—the 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, and class with the American justice system.
Subject Nitti, Sabella -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Criminal justice, Administration of -- Illinois -- Chicago.
Judicial error -- Illinois -- Chicago.
Trials (Murder) -- Illinois -- Chicago.
ISBN 9781613736968
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