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Evelyn Nesbit

Florence Evelyn Nesbit (December 25, 1884 – January 17, 1967) was a popular American chorus girl, an artists’ model, and an actress.

Nesbit achieved world-wide notoriety when her husband, multi-millionaire Harry Kendall Thaw, shot and murdered Stanford White on the rooftop theatre of Madison Square Garden on the evening of June 25, 1906, leading to what the press would call “The Trial of the Century”.

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Did Harry Thaw shoot the wrong architect?

Who knows!

Thaw shot and killed Stanford White as a result of his jealousy over the relationship between his wife, Evelyn Nesbit, and White. After one hung jury, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Years later, White’s son Lawrence Grant White would write, “On the night of June 25th, 1906, while attending a performance at Madison Square Garden, Stanford White was shot from behind [by] a crazed profligate whose great wealth was used to besmirch his victim’s memory during the series of notorious trials that ensued.” via

Stanford White was an American architect and partner in the architectural firm McKim, Mead & White, the frontrunner among Beaux-Arts firms. He designed a long series of houses for the rich, and numerous public, institutional, and religious buildings. His design principles embodied the “American Renaissance”.

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June 25, 1906: Architect Stanford White, age 52, is shot dead on the roof theater of his own creation, Madison Square Garden; the murderer, Harry K. Thaw, is a jealous husband.

Madison Square Garden exterior of tower, with Diana statue on top. New-York Historical Society, McKim, Mead & White Architectural Record # 59117

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Early paparazzi photography of Evelyn Nesbit-Thaw and Harry Thaw. C.1909. 

Harry Kendall Thaw (February 12, 1871 – February 22, 1947) was the son of Pittsburgh coal and railroad baron William Thaw, Sr. Heir to a multi-million dollar mine and railroad fortune, Harry Thaw had a history of severe mental instability and led a profligate life. His historical legacy rests on one notorious act: on June 25, 1906, on the rooftop of Madison Square Garden, Thaw murdered renowned architect Stanford White who had been the lover of Thaw’s wife, model/chorus girl Evelyn Nesbit.

Plagued by mental illness since childhood, Thaw spent money lavishly to fund his obsessive partying, drug addiction, and the gratification of his sexual appetites. It is alleged that it was at this time that the term “playboy” entered the popular vocabulary coined to describe the lifestyle that Thaw so energetically pursued. The Thaw family wealth allowed them to buy the silence of those individuals who threatened to make public the worst of Thaw’s reckless behavior and licentious transgressions. Throughout his life, however, he had several serious confrontations with the criminal justice system, which resulted in his incarceration in mental institutions.

Thaw shot and killed Stanford White as a result of his jealousy over the relationship between his wife, Evelyn Nesbit, and White. After one hung jury, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Years later, Stanford’s son Lawrence Grant White would write, “On the night of June 25th, 1906, while attending a performance at Madison Square Garden, Stanford White was shot from behind [by] a crazed profligate whose great wealth was used to besmirch his victim’s memory during the series of notorious trials that ensued.

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Unexpected, A Holiday Tail of Mistaken Identity

Title: Unexpected, A Holiday Tail of Mistaken Identity

Author: amightypenguin

Word Count: 25k

Summary: After an accident involving a two year old and a wand, Harry much to his dismay is sent to Draco, who believes he’s caring for a pet. A large pet with a bad attitude.

Really cute. I loved seeing Harry slowly thawing to Draco as he got to know him more. I need to go out and get a Newfoundland right away!