Chicago May was an Irish woman who left her home and traveled to America in 1890, where she embarked in a life of crime to avoid the life of a household drudge. Famous in her time, she engaged in everything from prostitution to murder. Of course, she was eventually caught and brought to trial. While some of this book is speculation, especially about her undocumented early years, the rest of this true crime book is well documented. I love the picture on the front--what a floozy!