Murder and Mayhem on Chicago's West Side

Murder and Mayhem on Chicago's West Side

by Troy Taylor


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Blazing from the West Side, the Great Chicago Fire left nothing but ashy remnants of the developing city, leveling its landscape but certainly not its spirit. While the West Side was home to the infamous O'Leary barn, it was also where news of some of the city's most gruesome and horrific crimes reverberated throughout the state and across the country. Read about the bloody end of Roger The Terrible"? Touhy, who, although he undoubtedly lived up to his name, met an ill-deserved fate. Troy Taylor also delves into the life of John Wayne Gacy, the depraved man masked by the clown costume, and yet again proves to be a master storyteller and historian of Chicago's criminal underworld."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596296930
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 10/30/2009
Series: Murder & Mayhem
Pages: 125
Sales rank: 893,304
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Troy Taylor is an occultist, supernatural historian and the author of seventy-five books on ghosts, hauntings, history, crime and the unexplained in America. He is also the founder of the American Ghost Society and the owner of the Illinois and American Hauntings Tour companies. Taylor shares a birthday with one of his favorite authors, F. Scott Fitzgerald, but instead of living in New York and Paris like Fitzgerald, Taylor grew up in Illinois. Raised on the prairies of the state, he developed an interest in things that go bump in the night"? at an early age. As a young man, he channeled that interest into developing ghost tours and writing about haunts in Chicago and Central Illinois. Troy and his wife, Haven, currently reside in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood."

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

The Murder of Amos Snell 21

The Black Hand 25

The Death of Frank Capone 31

The House of Weird Death 39

John Hamilton's Mysterious Death 51

The Battle of Barrington 63

The Murder of Eddie O'Hare 85

The End of Innocence in Chicago|93

The Bloody End of Roger "the Terrible" Touhy 101

John Wayne Gacy: The Clown Who Killed 111

Bibliography 123

About the Author 127

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