THE WICKED WIVES

By
Gustine J. Pelagatti

Copyright © 2008 by Gustine J. Pelagatti.


All rights reserved.


ISBN: 978-1-936539-53-6


Cover Design by Andrea Horne

Cover Art by Betty Jane Devereaux


Smashwords Edition

Dedicated to my wife, Rita

Foreword

Beginning on October 24, 1929, stock prices on the New York Stock Exchange plummeted for a full month, beginning a decade-long depression that crippled the nation. By 1930, industrial stocks had lost 80 percent of their 1929 value. Forty percent of all banks failed, and millions of depositors lost lifelong savings. National unemployment rose to 25 percent.

By 1938, prices were drastically reduced; a new three-bedroom, stone house cost $4,500, a Ford sold for $500, a can of coffee was just 30 cents, and a loaf of bread cost a nickel.

Desperation permeated the air, and even wealthy families found themselves falling on hard times. The NYSE did not return to pre-1929 levels until 1954, and in the years following the crash, every dollar was coveted.

Desperate for money, a group of Philadelphia housewives found a way to get some of those coveted dollars. All it took was a willingness to kill.

Chapter One

Philadelphia, September. 1937

After nine years, I’m bored and he’s anxious.

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