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NCJ Number: 148493 Find in a Library
Title: Chicago Boy: The Life and Crimes of a Southside Street Fighter
Author(s): E K Burbridge
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 301
Sponsoring Agency: LA and Chicago River Underground Press
West Covina, CA 91790
Publication Number: ISBN 0-9631-2610-5
Sale Source: LA and Chicago River Underground Press
417 N Orange Avenue
West Covina, CA 91790
United States of America
Type: Biography
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In this fictionalized biography of Kenny Edwards III, he returns home to Chicago after 23 years and 6 months, where he experiences flashbacks of his childhood and juvenile years growing up on the infamous Southside of the city.
Abstract: Kenny Edwards II, a product of 39th Street and South Park, the location of Ida B. Wells, one of Chicago's many subsidized housing projects, relives his life as a southside street fighter and member of the old 13 Cats street gang. As a teenager, Kenny worked and earned large sums of money as a busboy and waiter at the Palmer House Hotel in downtown Chicago, supporting his family and his expensive street habits, mainly associating with older women. After graduation from high school, he was hired at one of Chicago's steel mills, earning more money and getting deeper into street crime. He recalls his gang activities, brushes with death, drug addicts and drug deals, pimps and prostitutes, gamblers and con-men, and his days as a part- time gigolo. He joined the Navy at the age of 19 to escape from Chicago's street life. After exiting the Navy, he became a real estate broker and speculator in California, where he became a millionaire, went broke, and regained his wealth using the art of "gentrification," which involves buying houses below market price.
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Gangs; Illinois; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile gang behavior patterns; Juvenile/Youth Gangs
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