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The Chicago Trunk Murder: Law and Justice at the Turn of the Century di [Dale, Elizabeth]
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On November 14, 1885, a cold autumn day in the City of Broad Shoulders, an enthusiastic crowd of several hundred watched as three Sicilians Giovanni Azari, Agostino Gelardi, and Ignazio Silvestri were hanged in the courtyard of the Cook County Jail. The three had only recently come to the city, but not long after they were arrested, tried, and convicted for murdering Filippo Caruso, stuffing his body into a trunk, and shipping it to Pittsburgh.

Historian and legal expert Elizabeth Dale brings the Trunk Murder case vividly back to life, painting an indelible portrait of nineteenth-century Chicago, ethnic life there, and a murder trial gone seriously awry. Along the way she reveals a Windy City teeming with street peddlers, crooked cops, earnest reformers, and legal activists—all of whom play a part in this gripping tale. Chicago’s Trunk Murder shows how the defendants in the case were arrested on dubious evidence and held, some for weeks, without access to lawyers or friends. The accused finally confessed after being interrogated repeatedly by men who did not speak their language. They were then tried before a judge who had his own view and ruled accordingly. Chicago’s Trunk Murder revisits these abject breaches of justice and uses them to consider much larger problems in late nineteenth century criminal law. Written with a storyteller’s flair for narrative and brimming with historical detail, this book will be must reading for true crime buffs and aficionados of Chicago lore alike.

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  • Editore: Northern Illinois University Press; 1 edizione (1 settembre 2011)
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3.0 su 5 stelle Dense reading 15 febbraio 2014
Di S M Senden - Pubblicato su
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Though this volume contains great information it is a difficult read with dense language that is reminiscent of reading law briefs. Be prepared to wade through this book to glean the information within.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Murder and Corruption in Turn of the Century Chicago 6 giugno 2013
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A captivating, exciting and in-depth take on the infamous Chicago Trunk Murder of one Filippo Caruso that absolutely captivated the newly divided and immigrant filled city of Gilded Age Chicago. Dale takes what appears to be a simple murder trial and weaves together a tale of intrigue, injustice and idiocy on the part of the prosecution, press and people of Chicago. The book has an effortless flow and is fully supported by an academic appendix making it impossible to put down once the "Mystery" begins.

By the time the verdict is rendered and the implications of the facts of the case come to light you will either be laughing or crying at the absurdities and injustices perpetrated by local law enforcement and the American judicial system. Dale gives the reader an insight into the very hearts and minds of turn-of-the-century Chicagonians through the eyes of the people, police and press. It is through this lens that "Justice" is served. A tale that hits oh so close to home with the DNA driven death penalty convictions being overturned through organizations like "The Innocence Project" happening right now in 21st century America.

For anyone interested in Italian immigrant race relations, the circus that was and is today's media driven police investigations and criminal trials or a captivating tale of murder & mystery, Elizabeth Dale absolutely 100% delivers.
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