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Pretty Deadly: The Lady Murderers of Prohibition

With talk of Leonardo DiCaprio producing the story of David Burnham, H.H. Holmes, and the Columbian Exposition, it's easy to overlook an equally interesting corner of Chicago's history: Murderess' Row. In The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers who Inspired Chicago, Douglas Perry explores the nickname, awarded for our preponderance of female murderers, and the women, legal system, and historical context behind the dubious honor.

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