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Satan's Circus Murder, Vice, Police Corruption, and New York's Trial of the Century

ISBN-10: 1400054729
ISBN-13: 9781400054725
Edition: N/A
Authors: Mike Dash
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Description: They called it Satan’s Circus—a square mile of Midtown Manhattan where vice ruled, sin flourished, and depravity danced in every doorway. At the turn of the twentieth century, it was a place where everyone from the chorus girls to the beat cops was  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication date: 8/26/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

They called it Satan’s Circus—a square mile of Midtown Manhattan where vice ruled, sin flourished, and depravity danced in every doorway. At the turn of the twentieth century, it was a place where everyone from the chorus girls to the beat cops was on the take and where bad boys became wicked men; a place where an upstanding young policeman such as Charley Becker could become the crookedest cop who ever stood behind a shield. Murder was so common in the vice district that few people were surprised when the loudmouthed owner of a shabby casino was gunned down on the steps of its best hotel. But when, two weeks later, an ambitious district attorney charged Becker with ordering the murder, even the denizens of Satan’s Circus were surprised. The handsome lieutenant was a decorated hero, the renowned leader of New York’s vice-busting Special Squad. Was he a bad cop leading a double life, or a pawn felled by the sinister rogues who ran Manhattan’s underworld? With appearances by the legendary and the notorious—including Big Tim Sullivan, the election-rigging vice lord of Tammany Hall; future president Theodore Roosevelt; beloved gangster Jack Zelig; and the newly famous author Stephen Crane—Satan’s Circusbrings to life an almost-forgotten Gotham. Chronicling Charley Becker’s rise and fall, the book tells of the raucous, gaudy, and utterly corrupt city that made him, and recounts not one but two sensational murder trials that landed him in the electric chair. From the Hardcover edition.

He is the author of the critically acclaimed TULIPOMANIA and two other books. He is the former editorial director of the Fortean Times. A Cambridge educated historian before he became a writer, his articles have been published in the Guardian and the Observer, and he appears frequently on television in the UK.

Preface
Wide-Open
King of the Bowery
Graft
Stuss
Strong Arm Squad
Lefty, Whitey, Dago, Gyp
"Good-bye, Herman"
Red Queen
Tombs
Five Minutes to Midnight
Retrial
Death House
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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