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Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi

Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi has contributed to the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Baltimore Sun, Detroit Free Press, Miami Herald, Seattle Times, and Crain's Chicago Business. She has taught courses in media history, media criticism, and journalism and is a frequent guest lecturer in graduate and undergraduate media courses. She is also a regular presenter at conferences in the topics of communication history and journalism studies. She lives in Oak Park, Illinois.
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Ugly Prey
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By Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi
Cloth Price 26.99

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Published May 2017

Ugly Prey tells the riveting story of poor Italian immigrant Sabella Nitti, the first woman ever sentenced to hang in Chicago, in 1923, for the alleged murder of her husband. Journalist Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi leads readers through the case, showing how, with no evidence and no witnesses, Nitti was the target of an obsessed deputy sheriff and the victim of a faulty legal system. She was also—to the men who convicted her and reporters fixated on her—ugly. For that unforgiveable crime, the media painted her as a hideous, dirty, and unpredictable immigrant, almost an animal. Featuring two other fascinating women—the ambitious and ruthless journalist who helped demonize Sabella through her reports and the brilliant, beautiful, 23-year-old lawyer who helped humanize her with a jailhouse makeover—Ugly Prey is not just a page-turning courtroom drama but also a thought-provoking look at the intersection of gender, ethnicity, and class within the American justice system.