A New Perspective on the Sensational Murder of Stanford White
New Yorkers were aghast on June 25, 1906, when Harry K. Thaw, the crazed scion of a Pittsburgh fortune, pulled a revolver out of his pocket and fired three bullets at White, killing him instantly. It fell to William Travers Jerome, the charismatic crime-fighting DA, to lead the prosecution against Thaw, who was prepared to spend millions to buy an acquittal. Mary Cummings, author of the new book, Saving Sin City: William Travers Jerome, Stanford White and the Original Crime of the Century, will discuss the crime, the trial, and the two worlds of New York City at the height of the Gilded Age: the fabulous world of the wealthy elite, and the underworld of lawlessness and corruption with its cast of colorful crooks and corrupt politicians. This lecture is part of the Southampton Historical Museum’s four part “Gilded Age Lecture Series,” each lecture is $10 or $30 for all four lectures, free for members and children. To register call the Southampton Historical Museum at 631-283-2494 or visit www.southamptonhistory.