Episode 175: Stranger Than Fiction: Belva Gaertner & Beulah Annan and Chicago


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Two women accused of murder in the Roaring 20s would become the inspiration for one of the best known and longest running shows in American musical theater history. This is the story of the real life Roxie and Velma from "Chicago".


"1924 - Beulah Annan & Belva Gaertner". Newspaper articles compiled and posted on Chicagology.com.

Ripped from the Headlines by Harold Schechter, Published by Little A, New York, 2020.

"Musical Theater and Law: Chicago, The Musical" by Geraldine Davila Gonzalez, April 30, 2019.


"Hula Lou" - 1923 recording by Isabelle Patricola,

"Prohibition Blues", 1920 recording by The Missourians

(Both available for use by public domain.)


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