23: Madison Square Garden



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.”

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