As a study in contrasts, Chicago is an example of the great achievements and shortcomings of the United States, and to be sure the city has seen a great deal of violence over its one-hundred and fifty years of existence. The city has been poured over by scholars, drawing on some of its truly fascinating archives, including such sources as the Chicago Police Department Homicide Record. This multi-media account of the phenomenon of homicide in the city from the years 1870 to 1930 was developed by Leigh Bienen, Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at Northwestern University, who was working with the city's homicide record for this period, along with countless other source materials. On the site, visitors can download or browse the contents of this amazing database, read about the legendary crimes during this period in great detail, view interviews with scholars and historians, and read a host of publications that draw on this breadth of data.
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