April 3, 1924

On this day in 1924, a married Beulah Annan murdered her lover Harry Kalstedt by shooting him in the back. She then sat drinking cocktails and playing “Hula Lou” continuously for four hours while she watched Kalstedt die.

Annan’s story was the inspiration for the play Chicago in 1926. The play has since been adapted into a 1927 silent film, 1975 stage musical, and 2002 movie musical (which won the Academy Award for Best Picture), all of which possessed the same title.

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