CRIME: The Female of the Species

When Al Capone was public enemy No. 1, an estimated 4,000 Chicagoans died in gang wars in the 15 years from 1920 to 1935. Such niceties as the bulletproof car, the sawed-off shotgun, and the one-way ride* were either inaugurated or raised to their ultimate refinement in Chicago. Such blood-spattered tableaux as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and the killing of Gangster Dion O'Banion in a fern bank in his florist shop, glamoured up in Chicago's Front Page newspaper tradition, shocked and thrilled a generation of Americans and Europeans.

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