Joliet Prison Blues: A Century of Stories

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Named warden of the Illinois State Penitentiary in 1913, Edmund Allen arrived with a glamorous new wife and ambitious plans of reform that did away with years of striped uniforms and humiliating practices. Two years later, his wife was found murdered in her bed, shocking the country and throwing the prison into chaos. Over the past century, life behind bars at Joliet has often been a national spectacle. Infamous inmates like Leopold and Loeb, John Wayne Gacy, Baby Face Nelson and James Earl Ray drew headlines, and iconic scenes in movies like The Blues Brothers ensured that the prison walls themselves were instantly recognizable. From overlooked prisoner profiles to the kind of dramatic incidents that incited riots or inspired Hollywood, Amy Steidinger’s stories cover the modern era of Old Joliet Prison.
ISBN: 9781467147354
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Illinois
Series: Landmarks
Images: 45
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Also the author of Old Joliet Prison: When Convicts Wore Stripes, Amy has spent the last twenty-five years as a teacher and a genealogist. Many of her years teaching were spent working in juvenile justice. She went back to school and earned a master’s degree in history from Illinois State University. She loves to travel and is always planning the next adventure. Her greatest joy is her family—her husband, Jay, and their four children, who have grown up to be amazing adults.
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