A thrilling Jazz Age chronicle of America’s first gangster couple, Margaret and Richard Whittemore
Before Bonnie and Clyde took Depression-era America by storm, Margaret and Richard Whittemore, high school sweethearts from working-class Baltimore, fell in love with a life of crime. In the excesses of 1920s America, Tiger Girl and the Candy Kid robbed banks before it was cool.
Leaders of the infamous Whittemore Gang, Margaret was the chic, unassuming lookout, Richard the suave, cunning muscle. By 1926, the gang had stolen over ten million of today’s dollars and killed at least three men. Prosecuted by corrupt law enforcement, the Candy Kid escaped federal prison. But after a dramatic manhunt and trials that left the tabloids breathless, he faced the death penalty while Tiger Girl walked, claiming she knew nothing of his crimes.
With dazzling Jazz Age color, we visit the gripping scenes of the Whittemores’ crimes, the cabarets where they celebrated, and the gallows where they said their last goodbye. Tiger Girl and the Candy Kid is a tale of rags to riches—to infamy.