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District Attorney William Travers Jerome's name.rang out like a death knell to a criminal element that had previously acted with impunity in turn-of-the-century New York. Jerome wasn't intimidated by the enormous sway that Tammany Hall held over the city or the exalted social standing of the targets of his investigations. His most infamous case, however, was the cold-blooded murder of the renowned architect and dedicated hedonist, Stanford White, by the husband of Evelyn Nesbit, the celebrated Girl in the Red Velvet Swing. An atmospheric and exciting recreation of an era that pulsed with the kind of tacky, vulgar glamour that seems uniquely American.— Alden Graves
When Stanford White, one of the most famous architects of the era--whose mark on New York City is second to none--was murdered by Harry K. Thaw in 1906, his death become known as "The Crime of the Century."
But there were other players in this love-triangle-gone-wrong that would play a part in the incredible story of White's murderer. Chief among them was the ambitious district attorney William Travers Jerome, who had the opportunity to make--or break--his career with his prosecution of Thaw.
Thaw was the debauched and deranged heir to a Pittsburgh fortune who had a sadistic streak. White was an artistic genius and one of the world's premier architects who would become obsessed with a teenaged chorus girl, Evelyn Nesbit. White preyed on Nesbit, who, in a surprising twist, also became a fixation for Thaw. Nesbit and Thaw would later marry, but Thaw's lingering jealousy and anger toward White over his past history with Nesbit would explosively culminate in White's shocking murder--and the even more shocking trial of Thaw for a murder that was committed in front of dozens of eye witnesses.