Satan's Circus - Murder, Vice, Police Corruption, and New York's Trial of the Century-logo

Satan's Circus - Murder, Vice, Police Corruption, and New York's Trial of the Century

Mike Dash

Nearly five million men and women have served the United States as police officers. Only one has been executed for murder. They called it Satan's Circus-a square mile of Midtown Manhattan where vice ruled, sin flourished, and depravity danced in every doorway. At the turn of the twentieth century, murder was so common in the vice district that few people were surprised when the loudmouthed owner of a shabby casino was gunned down on the steps of its best hotel. But when, two weeks later, an ambitious district attorney charged young policeman Charley Becker with ordering the murder, even the denizens of Satan's Circus were surprised. The handsome lieutenant was a decorated hero, the renowned leader of New York's vice-busting Special Squad. Was he a bad cop leading a double life, or a pawn felled by the sinister rogues who ran Manhattan's underworld? With appearances by the legendary and the notorious, Satan's Circus brings to life an almost-forgotten Gotham. Chronicling Charley Becker's rise and fall, the audiobook tells of the raucous, gaudy, and utterly corrupt city that made him, and recounts not one but two sensational murder trials that landed him in the electric chair.

Nearly five million men and women have served the United States as police officers. Only one has been executed for murder. They called it Satan's Circus-a square mile of Midtown Manhattan where vice ruled, sin flourished, and depravity danced in every doorway. At the turn of the twentieth century, murder was so common in the vice district that few people were surprised when the loudmouthed owner of a shabby casino was gunned down on the steps of its best hotel. But when, two weeks later, an ambitious district attorney charged young policeman Charley Becker with ordering the murder, even the denizens of Satan's Circus were surprised. The handsome lieutenant was a decorated hero, the renowned leader of New York's vice-busting Special Squad. Was he a bad cop leading a double life, or a pawn felled by the sinister rogues who ran Manhattan's underworld? With appearances by the legendary and the notorious, Satan's Circus brings to life an almost-forgotten Gotham. Chronicling Charley Becker's rise and fall, the audiobook tells of the raucous, gaudy, and utterly corrupt city that made him, and recounts not one but two sensational murder trials that landed him in the electric chair.
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Genres:

History

Description:

Nearly five million men and women have served the United States as police officers. Only one has been executed for murder. They called it Satan's Circus-a square mile of Midtown Manhattan where vice ruled, sin flourished, and depravity danced in every doorway. At the turn of the twentieth century, murder was so common in the vice district that few people were surprised when the loudmouthed owner of a shabby casino was gunned down on the steps of its best hotel. But when, two weeks later, an ambitious district attorney charged young policeman Charley Becker with ordering the murder, even the denizens of Satan's Circus were surprised. The handsome lieutenant was a decorated hero, the renowned leader of New York's vice-busting Special Squad. Was he a bad cop leading a double life, or a pawn felled by the sinister rogues who ran Manhattan's underworld? With appearances by the legendary and the notorious, Satan's Circus brings to life an almost-forgotten Gotham. Chronicling Charley Becker's rise and fall, the audiobook tells of the raucous, gaudy, and utterly corrupt city that made him, and recounts not one but two sensational murder trials that landed him in the electric chair.

Language:

English

Narrators:

David Ackroyd

Length:

6h 14m


Chapters

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03:50

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:51


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:48


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:02


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:41


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:43


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:39


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:14


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:49


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:09


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:55


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:03


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:20


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:57


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:50


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:00


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:40


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:35


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:54


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:48


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:18


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:47


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:01


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:51


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:13


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:51


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:39


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:30


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:17


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:25


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:40


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:02


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:50


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:03


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:09


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:14


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:26


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:43


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:58


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:07


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:50


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:21


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:09


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:39


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:53


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:51


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:43


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:44


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:46


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:10


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:59


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:37


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:56


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:00


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:44


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:51


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:06


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:03


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:46


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:00


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:38


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:56


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:12


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:04


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:34


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:38


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:59


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:41


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:12


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:20


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:40


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:23


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:02