Ugly prey : an innocent woman and the death sentence that scandalized jazz age Chicago
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Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2017].
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9781613736968, 1613736967
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x, 326 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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"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"--,Provided by publisher.
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"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"--,Provided by publisher.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Lucchesi, E. L. B. (2017). Ugly prey: an innocent woman and the death sentence that scandalized jazz age Chicago . Chicago Review Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Lucchesi, Emilie Le Beau. 2017. Ugly Prey: An Innocent Woman and the Death Sentence That Scandalized Jazz Age Chicago. Chicago, Illinois: Chicago Review Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Lucchesi, Emilie Le Beau. Ugly Prey: An Innocent Woman and the Death Sentence That Scandalized Jazz Age Chicago Chicago, Illinois: Chicago Review Press, 2017.

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Lucchesi, Emilie Le Beau. Ugly Prey: An Innocent Woman and the Death Sentence That Scandalized Jazz Age Chicago Chicago Review Press, 2017.

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