(For fourty years, George Murray was the chief crime repor...)
For fourty years, George Murray was the chief crime reporter for the leading Hearst paper in Chicago. He witnessed the "Bloody Twenties", and gives up portraits of all its notorious gangsters, relates many stranger-than-fiction anecdotes of crime and corruption, murders, beatings, and torture, and introduces all the crooked politicians and judges who reaped fortunes in the shadow of Al Capone's Chicago. The story begins with the burial of Al Capone and continues to focus on how the infamous Chicago boss continued to influence his successors. Here are the stories of men like Jake Guzik, Murray Humphreys, Big Bill Thompson, Willie Bioff, and Slim Alex-who they were and how they carried on Capone's legacy of crime.
Murray studied in public schools in St. Louis.
Murray began his career as an editor of New Generation magazine. In 1933, he became a cub reporter at the Herald and Examiner newspaper. There, he worked with many of the characters about whom he later wrote. In the late 1930s, Jesse wrote his first play "Townsend Goes to Town" for the Works Progress Administration-sponsored Federal Theatre.
Also he wrote more than a dozen others, three of which - "Son of the South", "Off the Record" and "Johnny on a Spot" played on Broadway. Murray went to Austria after World War II, serving first as editor of Weiner Kurier, an American-owned newspaper there and later as press attache at the American Embassy in Vienna.
In 1953, he returned to the United States and began writing the daily column "George Murray's Chicago" for the Chicago American. He stayed with the newspaper after its purchase by the Tribune and worked as a reporter, editor and rewrite man as the paper underwent several name changes, becoming Chicago Today in 1969.
After his retirement from Chicago Today in 1971, he became a resident of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
(For fourty years, George Murray was the chief crime repor...)1975
On October 16, 1948 Jesse Murray married Virginia Mae Suechting. They union produced 2 children and seven grandchildren.