Chicago's First Crime King: Michael Cassius McDonald

Chicago's First Crime King: Michael Cassius McDonald

by Kelly Pucci


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Michael Cassius McDonald arrived in Chicago as a teenage scam artist who quickly sketched a blueprint for running the city through its criminal underworld. Chicago's original mob boss, he procured presidential pardons, stuffed mayoral ballot boxes and operated the town's plushest gambling parlor. But he was also a philanthropist who befriended Clarence Darrow, employed Theodore Dreiser, promoted the World's Fair and funded the Lake Street L. His scandalous private life mirrored the tumult of his career, with more than one marriage mired in a love triangle and a murder trial. Kelly Pucci charts the rise of Chicago's first kingpin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467140553
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 04/29/2019
Series: True Crime
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 1,196,149
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Author of Camp Douglas: Chicago's Civil War Prison, Kelly Pucci also contributes to a variety of magazines, websites and newspapers. As a native Chicagoan, she enjoys exploring local history and has written about the city's ethnic restaurants, neighborhoods and museums.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

The Kid and the Candy 11

Michael McDonald the War Profiteer 22

Lucky at Cards, Unlucky in Love 30

McDonald Builds the El 47

Vote Early and Often 55

McDonald, His Second Wife and Her Teenage Lover 76

Conclusion 101

Bibliography 103

Index 109

About the Author 111

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