Vintage Press Photos
one of a kind historic photography
"A Widow Self-Made" 
photo size: 8" x 10"

August 1, 1932

A widow self-made, but a widow nevertheless. Mrs. Dorothy Pollak, at her husband's funeral today, gave way to outbursts of sobbing, as thousands of curious ones mingled with the mourners. She wore a black crepe coat, edged with white lapin, black straw toque and a semitransparent veil.

Dubbed "Chicago's most beautiful killer," Dorothy Pollak was arraigned on murder charges for admittedly killing her 30 years her senior husband, "Poor Joe" Pollak. Allegedly committed in the heat of the moment, she stated that he repeatedly beat and betrayed her. His funeral was attended by 10,000 mourners and gawkers. When Dorothy Pollak attempted to fling herself into his grave, the mob surged forward, actually knocking 2 children and woman into his grave. Dorothy was ultimately acquitted and awarded his estate, totalling $425.

 $90 un-matted - $140 matted* - $325 framed** 

*All matted photographs come standard in acid free white archival mat board with black core with 3-4" borders and open cut mat on back to display historical documentation. Custom mat board available at additional cost.

**All framed photographs come with standard matting, conservation glass, open cut mat on back 
displaying historical documentation, and black Larson Juhl wood frame.