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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].


Location Call No. Status
 Bristol, Main Library - Non Fiction  364.1523 LUCCHESI    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  364.973 LUC    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  364.9773 LUCCHESI    Check Shelf
 South Windsor Public Library - Non Fiction  364.1523 L96U    Check Shelf
Description x, 326 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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."
Contents Guilty -- The year before -- To shield and protect -- Ninety-five days to die -- Passing through the fire -- Epilogue: All that jazz.
Subject Nitti, Sabella -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Criminal justice, Administration of -- Illinois -- Chicago.
Judicial error -- Illinois -- Chicago.
Trials (Murder) -- Illinois -- Chicago.
Immigrants -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Biographies.
True crime stories.
ISBN 1613736967
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