Author(s): Sophie Treadwell

Machinal is based on a true story uncovered by Sophie Treadwell while working as a journalist in America between the wars. Among her assignments was the sensational case involving Ruth Snyder, who, with her lover Judd Gray, had murdered her husband and gone to the electric chair.

This case has inspired countless plays, movies, books and songs as diverse as Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity, The Postman Always Rings Twice, William March’s The Bad Seeds and Guns’n’Roses' Use Your Illusion albums.


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