On a blazing hot summer night in 1906 on the rooftop of Madison Square Garden, Harry Thaw, heir to a $40 million railroad fortune, crept up behind Stanford White – a revered New York City architect and socialite. As a choir sang the closing notes to Mam’zelle Champagne on the venue’s rooftop, Thaw raised a pistol inches from White’s head, and fired three shots. The bullets went straight through his left eye, killing him. When asked by police why he did it, Thaw’s answer was simple: ‘He deserved it. He ruined my wife.’ In the investigation that ensued, a tragic and bizarre ‘love triangle’ was revealed between the architect, the millionaire, and his model wife – New York City’s first ‘it-girl’ Evelyn Nesbit. She was the crux of the conflict, a stupefying young beauty, whose tragic story was the backbone of what became known as the Trial of the Century. Evelyn Nesbit, the ‘it-girl’ of the early 1900s, was sexually assaulted by architect and socialite Stanford White when she was 16-years-old Evelyn’s husband, multi-millionaire Harry Thaw (left) shot dead Stanford White (right) by assassinating him on the roof of Madison Square Garden in 1906 Evelyn was just 15 when she… Read full this story
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