23: Madison Square Garden

 

MNY7944.jpg

Anonymous. Crowd at the Rooftop Theater at Madison Square Garden (1900). Photograph. Museum of the City of New York.

The night of June 25, 1906, Thaw bought tickets for a new show. It was the first time Evelyn had been there since moving to Pittsburgh. Thaw acted strangely, pacing back and forth. Shortly before the end of the show, the couple and their friends got up to leave. During the chorus of “I Could Love a Million Girls,” Thaw turned back to shoot White three times in the head, at close range. Since a bullet entered above the left eye, White’s face was destroyed and blackened by gunpowder. When Thaw was arrested, he claimed White deserved it for having “ruined my wife.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s