Nearly five million men and women have served the United
States as police officers. Only one has been executed for murder.
They called it Satan’s Circus—a square mile of Midtown
Manhattan where vice ruled, sin flourished, and depravity danced in every
doorway. At the turn of the twentieth century, murder was so common in the vice
district that few people were surprised when the loudmouthed owner of a shabby
casino was gunned down on the steps of its best hotel. But when, two weeks
later, an ambitious district attorney charged young policeman Charley Becker
with ordering the murder, even the denizens of Satan’s Circus were surprised.
The handsome lieutenant was a decorated hero, the renowned leader of New York’s
vice-busting Special Squad. Was he a bad cop leading a double life, or a pawn
felled by the sinister rogues who ran Manhattan’s underworld?
With appearances by the legendary and the notorious, Satan’s Circus brings to life an
almost-forgotten Gotham. Chronicling Charley Becker’s rise and fall, the
audiobook tells of the raucous, gaudy, and utterly corrupt city that made him,
and recounts not one but two sensational murder trials that landed him in the
electric chair. Download and start listening now!