Author: J.M. West
Genre: True Crime/Local History
Book Type: Paperback
In Madam Bessie Jones, her life and times, Jones emerges from the shadows
of Carlisle (PA) history, first turning tricks in her mother Cora Andrews’ “bawdy house” and then
running her brothel from the Roaring Twenties to through chaotic sixties until her murder on October 1, 1972. For fifty years, she catered to the area’s elite white clientele—lawyers, judges, businessmen, and senators. This historic book traces the struggles of Jones’s operating a successful--if illegal--business through actual anecdotes despite running afoul of the law, including her murder and the sensational trial.
Madam Bessie Jones: Her Life and Times