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Chicago History: The Stranger Side Paperback – February 28, 2014


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (February 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764345095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764345098
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Raymond Johnson has had a lifelong passion for the mysteries of the past and especially in the colorful history, folklore,, and legends of the city of Chicago and its neighboring suburbs. He is a former criminal investigator, author, and local historian with over 25 years of historical research, lecturing, and teaching experience, Ray was a former Chicago Chapter Representative of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and conducts professional research for authors, attorneys, television professionals, and family historians. He currently writes a blog for ChicagoNow, a Chicago Tribune website, entitled, Chicago's Strange and Haunted History. His first book, Chicago's Haunt Detective, took a look at popular Chicago hauntings and legends from the viewpoint of a historian and criminal investigator. In 2012, Ray teamed up with Kirsten Tillman and Beth Shields of ParanormalStars to conduct walking historic haunted tours of Chicago suburban locations. Find out more at VoicesFromBeyondTours. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1993 and from the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana in 1997. Ray currently resides in Brookfield, Illinois.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia A. Malinowski on May 28, 2014
Since I am someone who can't get enough information on the peculiar , strange, mysterious , and historical side of Chicago, This book was impossible to put down. I find the author's keen eye for details remarkable and his descriptive writing easy to devour in a few hours. I would recommend this book, Chicago History The Stranger Side , to all my friends. As a matter of fact I already did!
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OK, you can get a more "expected" or "normal" book about Chicago anywhere. Ray Johnson has a knack for telling the local Chicagoan's version of the story then backing it up with the meticulous research only a former police detective could do. I lived in Chicago my entire life and didn't know a few of these stories. Other stories, I knew, but didn't know the whole truth. Other stories (Like the unsoved Grim girl murders) I wish I didn't know about. The murderers of these young women were never caught. At least Ray is keeping hope alive for the victim's families. Hopefully this book is making the murderers squirm with guilt.

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By Tara Lane on June 26, 2014
This book really took me home again! Being a Chicago born gal it hit on many of my favorite stories and brought many new facts to the table. It was a fast and very enjoyable read and was only disappointed when it ended. If your from Chicago this book will take you home again. If your not from Chicago you'll find Chicago really has some very interesting and mysterious stories to tell. This book was most excellent!
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