In the early 1920s, Chicago saw a rash of “lady killers.” Many of these beautiful “ladies of the gun” were glamorous, guilty, and not one bit sorry. Dr. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi revisits Chicago in 1923-1924 and the sensational trials of the real-life
women who inspired the play 'Chicago.’ True to their fictitious characters, several of the women on trial enjoyed the attention. However, the spotlight quickly faded in May 1924 after two University of Chicago students killed a 14-year-old boy for “the thrill
of it.” This lecture details these fascinating trials and describes how they scandalized the city.
Emilie Le Beau Luccesi, is the author ofUgly Prey: An Innocent Woman and the Death Sentence that Scandalized Jazz Age Chicago, the story of the infamous Sabella Nitti, from Stickney, IL, the first woman sentenced to hang in Chicago.
Lucchesi bring the sounds and sights of 1920's Chicago to life. Join us for our One Book One Community finale!