March 17, 2013
In a 1949 photo, Ruth Steinhagen, 19, writes notes for her life history in Cook County Jail in Chicago. At the table she has a photograph of Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Eddie Waitkus, who she shot at a Chicago hotel.
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She inspired a novel and a movie starring Robert Redford when in 1949 she lured a major league ballplayer she’d never met into a hotel room with a cryptic note and shot him, nearly killing him.