A Rooftop Murder: Stanford White, Henry Thaw, and the Trial of the Century
On June 25th, 1906, many New York City socialites were attending the theatrical premier of “Mam’zelle Champagne” at Madison Square Garden. One member of the audience was Stanford White, a prolific and famous architect. During the show’s final number White was approached by Henry Thaw, a multi-millionaire and son of a coal and railroad baron. The events that happened next would dominate national headlines and shock the public.