delivered a sermon in February 1892that sparked a crusade against vice and Tammany Hall. After being accused of knowing little about vice, he took a sintour to explore brothels, saloons, evena transvestite club.
William “Big Bill” Devery
was a bartender and boxerbefore rising high in the police de-partment. He called reformers “littletin soldiers” and would be suspendedseveral times.
Police Inspector Alexander“Clubber” Williams
was notorious forkeeping order via crushing blowsof his night stick, and for cor-ruption. Testifying before a committee, he recommendedcreating a red-light district and claimed he let brothels stay open because they were “fashionable.”
America’s most famous 19th century detective, was police chief when Roos-evelt arrived. TR despised him foraccumulating several hundred thousanddollars by doing favors for the wealthy.Did
dance naked atSherry’s for a drunken bachelorparty in December 1896? WasRoosevelt there? Unfortunately the only photographic evidence we have is this cigarette card togive us some idea of what shemight have looked like.
HOW DID NEW YORK BECOME AN ISLAND OF VICE?
Allow author Richard Zacks to introduce you to an intriguingcast of sinners and saints…