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Name:  Richard Carl Lindberg  

Pen Name: Richard Lindberg, Richard C. Lindberg


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1953 in Chicago, Illinois

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Lindberg is a lifelong Chicagoan.

Biographical and Professional Information

Richard Lindberg is an author, journalist and research historian who has written and published eleven books dealing with aspects of city history, politics, criminal justice, sports and ethnicity. He has been researching and uncovering forgotten Chicago history for over 30 years. His book, ''To Serve and Collect: Chicago Politics and Police Corruption from the Lager Beer Riot to the Summerdale Scandal'' is the first published history of the Chicago Police Department to appear in book form since 1887.Richard is also Chicago's foremost authority on Chicago White Sox history. He is the author of such popular titles, as ''Who's on Third'', ''Stealing First in a Two-Team Town'', and ''The White Sox Encyclopedia''. He is a past president of the Society of Midland Authors and a 2008 recipient of the Morris Wexler Award, presented by the Illinois Academy of Criminology, for his contributions to the field of criminal justice writing.

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Titles At Your Library

Stuck on the Sox
ISBN: 0930528026

Sassafras Press. 1978

History, memories, trivia & more about Chicago's White Sox major league baseball team.

Who's on Third? The Chicago White Sox Story
ISBN: 0896519015

Icarus Press. 1983

Dust jacket notes: "A maverick founder, hitless wonders, baseball's greatest scandal, Bill Veeck and his exploding scoreboard, a go-go pennant, failure, rebuilding, and the never-ending search for the answer to the question 'Who's on 3rd?' It's all here in this lively and informative history of the Chicago White Sox. Rich Lindberg traces the stormy, sometimes madcap, history of the White Sox with a wit and perseverance that makes this book must reading for any baseball fan. Here are all the glory days when the Sox assembled one of the greatest teams in baseball only to suffer the disgrace of the Black Sox sellout. The long years until the pennant of 1959 were redeemed by characters like Smead Jolly, Zeke Bonura, Art 'The Great' Shire, Billy Pierce, Minnie Minoso, Jim Rivera, the feuding Comiskeys, and any number of second-rate third basemen. Filled with the great days, the great people and plays from the 1900s to the 1980s, Who's on 3rd? is the most comprehensive coverage of the Sox ever published. With lots of photos, statistics galore, player index, and a special chapter on great games to remember (and forget), this is a treasury of all the moments and miracles on 35th & Shields."

Chicago ragtime: Another look at Chicago, 1880-1920
ISBN: 0896511030

Icarus Press. 1985

Pages are clean and binding is tight.

The Armchair Companion to Chicago Sports
ISBN: 1888952601

Cumberland House Publishing. 1997

A fun-filled book that brings together for the first time the significant events in Chicago sports history. In addition to baseball, football, basketball, and hockey, it covers such minor"" sports as tennis, ice-skating, golf, bowling, horseracing, running, and sailing. This is a look at the athletes, their accomplishments, and the games they played.

Return to the Scene of the Crime: A Guide to Infamous Places in Chicago
ISBN: 1581820135

Cumberland House Publishing. 1999

Return to the Scene of the Crime: a Guide to Infamous Places in Chicago"", by Richard Lindberg, is an uncensored neighborhood-by-neighborhood map to the back alleys and boulevards of Chicago where some of the most infamous events of the city's criminal past occurred. Capone, Dillinger, and other organized crime figures have left an indelible imprint on the Windy City.

Return Again to the Scene of the Crime: A Guide to Even More Infamous Places in Chicago
ISBN: 1581821670

Cumberland House Publishing. 2001

Return again to the scene of the crime and visit the secret hideouts of Nazi saboteurs, anarchist plotters, charlatans, fakers, gangsters, and even a love-sick matron dubbed the "Torso Killer." See up close the murdering matrimonial bluebeard Johann Hoch and probe the unsolved mysteries surrounding the disappearance of candy heiress Helen Brach, the sinking of the "Christmas Tree Ship," and dozens of famous gangland "rubouts." This sequel to the best-selling Return to the Scene of the Crime is a provocative travel guide and road map pointing toward more dark and unexplored corners of the Windy City and its surrounding suburbs. The bizarre, the unexpected, and the offbeat are viewed through a kaleidoscope of colorful Chicago neighborhoods populated by outrageous characters. Crime scenes are presented in "then-and-now" perspective with running commentary on the history of the city. Included in the neighborhood tours is a unique collection of side trips--shorter, lighter historical vignettes that spirit out-of-towners to places of interest in Chicago that are not necessarily infamous. Once you have read this guidebook, you will want to return to the scene of the crime, again and again.

Shattered Sense of Innocence: The Child Murders That Changed the Way America Looked at Itself
ISBN: 1581823398

Cumberland House Publishing,US. 2008

The Gambler King of Clark Street: Michael C. McDonald and the Rise of Chicago's Democratic Machine (Elmer H Johnson & Carol Holmes Johnson Series in Criminology)
ISBN: 0809328933

Southern Illinois University Press. 2009

The Gambler King of Clark Street tells the story of a larger-than-life figure who fused Chicago’s criminal underworld with the city’s political and commercial spheres to create an urban machine built on graft, bribery, and intimidation. Lindberg vividly paints the life of the Democratic kingmaker against the wider backdrop of nineteenth-century Chicago crime and politics.

McDonald has long been cited in the published work of city historians, members of academia, and the press as the principal architect of a unified criminal enterprise that reached into the corridors of power in Chicago, Cook County, the state of Illinois, and ultimately the Oval Office. The Gambler King of Clark Street is both a major addition to Chicago’s historical literature and a revealing biography of a powerful and troubled man.

Illinois State Historical Society Scholarly Award, Certificate of Excellence, 2009
Society of Midland Authors Biography Award, 2009

Yesterday and Today: Chicago (Yesterday & Today)
ISBN: 1412715741

Publications International, Ltd.. 2009

Chicago: Yesterday & Today is a tribute to one of the most resilient, most distinctive, and most beautiful cities in America. In 192 pages of spectacular imagery and fascinating stories, this book shares unforgettable tales of Chicago s past and present.

Explore the Windy City through this gorgeous pictorial journey. Call it the City of the Big Shoulders, the City in a Garden, the Windy City , or the Second City , and discover the irresistible allure and captivating stories of Chicago, Illinois. Learn about:

The Chicago Fire of 1871 and the celebrated World s Fair in 1893
The railroads and canal that linked Chicago to the rest of the world
Scenic Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, and miles of lakefront parks and beaches
The incomparable architecture of Chicago s skyline, including the Sears Tower, John Hancock Building, and Trump Tower
The world-class Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, and Museum campus
Gangster Al Capone, shady politicians, pork belly futures, and jazz and blues
Immigrant neighborhoods, like Little Italy, Chinatown, and the Greek Delta
The Chicago hot dog and Chicago deep-dish pizza
Famous citizens Barack Obama, Michael Jordan, and Oprah Winfrey
Historic Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago s other iconic sports teams, the White Sox, the Bulls, and the Bears

Rare and nostalgic photos chronicle Chicago s history, mixing with stunning modern-day imagery and tales of the people, the architecture, the neighborhoods, and the soul of the city. Chicago: Yesterday & Today presents the full majesty of Chicago as you have never seen it.

Heartland Serial Killers: Belle Gunness, Johann Hoch, and Murder for Profit in Gaslight Era Chicago
ISBN: 0875804365

Northern Illinois University Press. 2011

Lindberg, an accomplished local historian and true crime writer, presents a fascinating story of two contemporaneous serial killers, both weaving marriage and murder in and around Chicago during the 1890s and 1900s. Johann Hoch was a debonair bigamist and wife killer who boasted of having perfected a “scientific technique” to romance and seduction. Belle Gunness was a nesting “Black Widow” whose sprawling farm in Northwest Indiana was a fatal lure for lonely bachelors seeking the comforts of middle-age security by answering matrimonial advertisements placed by Gunness.

Notorious in his own day, Hoch had faded into the dark background of Chicago crime history. But, in Heartland Serial Killers, Lindberg brings back vividly the horrors of one of Chicago’s first celebrity criminals and uncovers new evidence of a close connection between Hoch and H.H. Holmes, the “Devil in the White City.”

Unlike Hoch, Belle Gunness, likely the most prolific and infamous female serial killer of the 20th century, has remained fascinating to the public. Here, Lindberg presents the most comprehensive and compelling study of the Gunness case to date, including new information regarding ongoing DNA testing of remains found at the site of Gunness’s farm in LaPorte, Indiana, which may serve to resolve once and for all the mystery surrounding Gunness’s death.

Told in alternating chapters and rapidly paced, this book is true crime at its best—gripping, pulpy, and full of sharp historical tidbits. True crime fans, history buffs, and those interested in local lore will delight in this chilling tale of two ruthless killers.

Whiskey Breakfast
ISBN: 0816646848

University of Minnesota Press. 2011

Chicago in the 1920s: Clark Street was the city’s last Swedetown, a narrow corridor of weather-beaten storefronts, coal yards, and taverns running along the north side of the city and the locus of Swedish community life in Chicago during the first half of the twentieth century. It represented a way station for a generation of working-class immigrants escaping the hardships of the old country for the promise of a brighter new day in a halfway house of sorts, perched between the old and new lands. For Richard C. Lindberg, whose Swedish immigrant parents and grandparents settled there, it was also the staging ground for an intensely personal, multigenerational, coming-of-age drama based on the struggles of two disparate families—their dreams and their depravities, their victories and their failures.

Whiskey Breakfast is Lindberg’s captivating tale of life as a first-generation baby-boomer Swedish American, caught between the customs of a land he had never been to and the desire to conform and fit into a troubled existence, tragically scarred by alcoholism, divorce, and peer abuse. But it is also a powerful and intimate portrait of his immigrant ancestors, and especially of his father, Oscar—a contractor and master builder who helped develop Chicago’s post–World War II suburbs. A paradoxical man, known to some as a socialist, an anarchist, and a serious drinker, Oscar would carry with him to the grave a sixty-two-year-old family secret, a secret that for Lindberg lies at the very heart of the great Swedish unrest that drove his father and countless other men and women out of Sweden and onward to America.

Masterfully blending autobiography with immigrant history, Whiskey Breakfast surrounds Lindberg’s family story with Swedish cultural history and politics, as well as remarkable Chicago history and how Clark Street and Swedetown became, and in many ways remain, a center of Swedish immigrants’ social and cultural life. Far from a eulogy for an idealized past, Lindberg has crafted a moving and sobering memoir of a young man’s struggle to come to terms with his father and himself, his immigrant heritage, and his native home.

Gangland Chicago: Criminality and Lawlessness in the Windy City
ISBN: 1442231955

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2015

This engrossing tale of gangs and organized criminality begins in the frontier saloons situated in the marshy flats of Chicago, the future world class city of Mid-continent. Gangland Chicago recounts the era of parlor gambling, commercialized vice districts continuing through the bloody Prohibition bootlegging wars failed reform movements the rise of post-World War II juvenile criminal gangs and the saga of the Blackstone Rangers in a chaotic, racially divided city. , Gang violence and street crime is endemic in contemporary Chicago. There is much more to the saga of crime, politics, and armed violence than Al Capone and John Dillinger. Gangland Chicago explores the changing patterns of criminal behavior, politics, gangs, youth crime and the failures of reform in its historic totality.

Richard Lindberg takes the reader on a journey through decades of a troubled past to delve deep into the evolution of street gangs and organized violence endemic in Chicago. Small ethnic gangs organized in ethnic slum districts of the city expanded into the well-known organized crime syndicates of Chicago’s history. Gangland Chicago is full of stories of unchecked violence, lawlessness, and mayhem. Unlike other standard true crime accounts focused exclusively on the Prohibition era, this historical look-back probes the obscure and forgotten dark corners of city crime history. Lindberg details how both “organized” and “dis-organized” street gangs have paralyzed city neighborhoods and transformed the crimes of the Windy City from street thuggery and common ruffians protected and nurtured by politicians into a protected class is gripping.

Gangland Chicago is a revealing look at the Chicago underworld of yesterday and today. This comprehensive volume is sure to entertain and inform any reader interested in the evolution of organized crime and gangs in America’s most representative city of the American Heartland.


Richard was honored at the 2005 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.

The Gambler King of Clark Street

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