On June 25, 1906 playboy socialite Harry K. Thaw shot and killed Stanford White, a prominent architect, on the rooftop theatre of Madison Square Garden-a building that White had designed. The story had all the elements of sensational public appeal. Thaw, the millionaire scion of a Pittsburgh industrialist, had pursued and married Evelyn Nesbit, an alluring actress/model. Nesbit, ‘the Girl in the Red Velvet Swing,’ had a troubled youth, including an interlude as the teenage mistress of Stanford White. As an artist’s model, she was so fetching that she sat for Frederick Church and Charles Dana Gibson. Descriptions of her beauty and artistic ‘innocence’ can only be described as rhapsodic. The state was set for the killing when after the marriage, Thaw, who could not erase from his mind Nesbit’s affair with White, erupted and shot White in a fit of rage. For months, the press followed every detail of the trial resulting in a hung jury in April, 1907 and an insanity verdict on retrial. Thaw was sent to Matteawan State Hospital, a facility for the criminally insane. A week later, the 24 men who sat on both trials formed an association and held a banquet and songfest at the Broadway Central Hotel. In 1913, still in custody, Thaw escaped to Canada where we was apprehended and returned. After several court battles, in July, 1915, a jury found him sane, warranting his release. A raucous crowd of 2,000 people awaited and cheered the verdict. That night, Thaw dined at the Waldorf, delaying his dinner to first have his hand treated for a handball injury he suffered playing a fellow member of the Alimony Club at the Ludlow Street Jail. He spent the rest of his life generating notoriety and headlines before the final curtain came down on him in 1947.