Ugly Prey Book Discussion

7:00 PM - 7:55 PM

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Ugly Prey: An Innocent Woman and the Death Sentence that Scandalized Jazz Age Chicago. by Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi

Ugly Prey tells the riveting story of Italian immigrant Sabella Nitti, the first woman ever sentenced to hang in Chicago, in 1923, for the alleged murder of her husband.

Nitti was a poor farmer's wife living in rural Stickney who didn't speak English.  Journalist Lucchesi shows how, with no evidence and no witnesses, Nitti was the target of an obsessed deputy sheriff and the victim of a faulty legal system.  Her story is a timeless tale of deception, judgement, and redemption.  Although Ugly Prey takes place almost a century ago, there are strong themes that resonate with modern life.

Emilie Lucchesi will be here at the start of the hour for a Q & A.  
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Event Type(s): Adult

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