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About The Book

Mobsters, Madams, and Murder in Steubenville, Ohio – The Story of Little Chicago” is a gripping account that plunges readers into the dark and captivating world of Steubenville, Ohio, during its infamous era as “Little Chicago.” Author Susan M. Guy meticulously unveils the secrets, scandals, and violent underbelly of this Midwestern town, offering a fascinating narrative that delves into the lives of mobsters, madams, and the chilling murders that plagued the city.

This book serves as a comprehensive exploration of Steubenville’s tumultuous history, tracing its transformation from an ordinary Midwestern town into a hotbed of organized crime, corruption, and vice. The author’s extensive research shines through as they expertly reconstruct the social, economic, and political landscape that allowed mobsters to flourish and madams to run illicit operations. Through vivid storytelling, readers are transported back in time, immersed in the gritty atmosphere of the 1920s and 1930s.

One of the standout features of this book is the author’s ability to humanize the larger-than-life characters who dominated Steubenville’s criminal underworld. With a deft hand, they bring these individuals to life, showcasing their complexities, motivations, and the web of relationships that defined their existence. From notorious gangsters to resilient madams, each character is carefully crafted, shedding light on their personal struggles and ambitions within the context of the broader criminal landscape.

The narrative unfolds like a thrilling crime drama, effortlessly blending historical facts with engaging anecdotes. The author masterfully maintains a balance between captivating storytelling and providing a broader historical context, ensuring that readers are not only entertained but also educated about the Prohibition era and its impact on Steubenville’s transformation.

Additionally, the book offers a fascinating examination of the societal dynamics at play during this tumultuous period. It delves into the lives of ordinary citizens caught in the crossfire between law enforcement, mobsters, and the allure of the underground world. Through their stories, readers gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by the community and the choices they were forced to make.

“Mobsters, Madams, and Murder in Steubenville, Ohio – The Story of Little Chicago” is a must-read for true crime enthusiasts, history buffs, and anyone seeking a riveting tale that illuminates a dark chapter in American history. With its meticulous research, captivating storytelling, and richly drawn characters, this book immerses readers in the intriguing and treacherous world of Steubenville’s past. Brace yourself for a thrilling journey through the shadows, where mobsters, madams, and murder collide in a gripping saga of power, corruption, and survival.




About the author

Susan M. Guy - True Crime Author

Born and raised in Jefferson County, Ohio, Susan M. Guy served as a police officer for fifteen years on the Cross Creek Township Police Department, having followed in the footsteps of her police captain father. She achieved the rank of sergeant. Ms. Guy is currently in her 26th year as a corrections officer for the state of Ohio. Her mother’s family has been in Jefferson County since before 1815. Her inquisitiveness into her family’s past turned into a love of genealogy and local history. Her hobby led her to join a writing class at the local college, which turned into a writers’ group, made up of members of that writing class. One thing led to another and her first book, Mobsters, Madams & Murder in Steubenville, Ohio was born. Published by Arcadia Publishing/History Press, the book was met with resounding success. Her second endeavor, The Moonlight Mill Murders of Steubenville, Ohio promises to keep the momentum going.


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