9 chats with top true-crime authors

In 2012, writers pondered murder and mayhem across the globe and across centuries.

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2. Richard Zacks on Teddy Roosevelt's anti-crime crusade

New York City "was extraordinarily full of vice. About 40,000 prostitutes were working in the city at the time, and there were many brothels, casinos and bookie joints. As for alcohol, clubs, and bars were supposed to close at one in the morning. But some couldn't remember being closed since the Civil War. All of these activities were illegal, so somebody had to pay off the police to make it happen."

 Richard Zacks, author of "Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York."

(Check out the full interview here.)

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