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.
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  • This sounds exactly like what's happening today. MSM blowing things out of proportion making up lies, and the rich getting by with molesting young kids, and all while being expectable within their "Circle of Friends" Sounds like Hollywood and the Politicians that are protected by the Deep State doesn't it

    dennis taylordennis taylor15 цагийн өмнө
  • What an ugly little story. Sex, depravity, drugs, murder. Words from my favorite lit professor come to mind. "The two great themes in all literature are sex and death."

    Handgun Safe ResearchHandgun Safe Research2 өдрийн өмнө
  • A wonderful tale with an echo of a tale that has been used in various literature through the ages.

    Frank GullaFrank Gulla3 өдрийн өмнө
  • Just west of Cresson, Pennsylvania in the Allegheny Mountains is small estate called Elmhurst. It was once the Thaw family summer home. Over the years many people claim to have seen the apparition of a young woman on the grounds and most frequently on the porch of the house. The locals believe that it is the ghost of Evelyn Nesbit - even though of course Evelyn lived for many years long after she would have occupied the house. Just two miles away stands the Cambria County Courthouse - a grand structure coincidentally designed by Stanford White.

    Daniel WaltimireDaniel Waltimire4 өдрийн өмнө
  • Civil war..the great train chase...

    Boreal WhispererBoreal Whisperer6 өдрийн өмнө
  • Not one of your best, too bad. Tawdry subject, not worthy to be remembered.

    J ReeseJ Reese6 өдрийн өмнө
  • I used to give tours in one of Stanford White's remodels (Kingscote, in Newport, RI). At least once a week someone would ask about the murder. I don't think it's as forgotten as you make it out to be. Then again, I don't think it was that important, though it was interesting.

    sckinnctnsckinnctn8 өдрийн өмнө
  • Poor Evelyn...

    Twisty SunshineTwisty Sunshine8 өдрийн өмнө
  • It certainly should remembered that Hollywood, the fashion industry, and entertainment industry as a whole is run by psychopathic pedophiles.

    Nick CoxNick Cox9 өдрийн өмнө
  • Sad.

    culbered culberedculbered culbered9 өдрийн өмнө
  • Jeffery Epstein anyone??? (by the way he didn't kill himself).

    FRIARTUCKFRIARTUCK10 өдрийн өмнө
  • I'd only ever heard or read that the assailant's name was Harry Thaw. Nesbit's beauty was extraordinary and timeless.

    rushmore IVrushmore IV10 өдрийн өмнө
  • So basically you're saying he was Jeffrey Epstein.

    Kristine BaileyKristine Bailey10 өдрийн өмнө
  • Epstein and Co of the Golden Age.

    Ann WilliamsAnn Williams10 өдрийн өмнө
  • What a sad, sad story.

    raydunakinraydunakin10 өдрийн өмнө
  • Well done sir, I think your wrap up at the end precisely and eerily summarizes the congruities between that age and our own.

    John ZackJohn Zack10 өдрийн өмнө
  • One of your best videos. I had heard of her, but I always get her confused with Audrey Munson, who is pretty much the model for every Beaux Arts monument in New York.

    Ryan ReiterRyan Reiter11 өдрийн өмнө
  • GREAT episode! Thank you.

    joanbennettnycjoanbennettnyc11 өдрийн өмнө
  • I really admire your work.

    K. R. MurphyK. R. Murphy11 өдрийн өмнө
  • Every guy in this story is a POS. Geez.

    Wubba WubbaWubba Wubba11 өдрийн өмнө
  • 3:10 The Gibson Girl.

    deltavee2deltavee211 өдрийн өмнө
  • A Pretty woman, but obviously very stupid with loose morals.

    Mike SeierMike Seier11 өдрийн өмнө
  • At 9:18 there is the news story "5 ice trust heads sent to jail for a year". I think that would make an interesting episode.

    Minute ManMinute Man11 өдрийн өмнө
  • There is a street in San Jose, CA., named after Thaw's lawyer, Delphin Delmas. His was the 'Brain Fog' defense for Thaw. According to Delmas, Thaw was protecting his wife and the happiness of his home. Delmas' father was the French imagrae who brought snails to California.

    Maurine StarkeyMaurine Starkey11 өдрийн өмнө
  • So easily could be today as well.

    MrMatt1138MrMatt113812 өдрийн өмнө
  • In 1955 I saw the movie "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing" starring Joan Collins. It depicted the White murder in graphic detail, not to mention the allure of Ms. Collins.

    Jass&OtherStuffJass&OtherStuff12 өдрийн өмнө
  • Was the movie The Girl on the Red Velvet Swing based on this event? II would think that it would have been.

    Dennis NicholsonDennis Nicholson12 өдрийн өмнө
  • Nesbit was born in Tarentum, Pa. Not Natrona. The house pictured in H. G.'s video no longer exists.

    Jack ColinJack Colin12 өдрийн өмнө
  • The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing is my cousin, three times removed.

    Jack ColinJack Colin12 өдрийн өмнө
  • It sounds as if Thaw was a legend in his own mind.

    Chief PontiacChief Pontiac12 өдрийн өмнө
  • When I was in Architectural School, we studied the architecture of McKim, Mead, and White. We also heard all the details about that early "Scandal of the Century". You can see the killing recreated in Milos Forman's movie "Ragtime". White was played by author Norman Mailer.

    BrianE365BrianE36512 өдрийн өмнө
  • White must of drugged her with the champagne. For her to remember taking a drink and the next thing to be waking up in a bed naked. The poor girl hearing about these events is absolutely sickening. These guys must of thought that there actions were justified do to their positions in society.

    Andy ZulimAndy Zulim12 өдрийн өмнө
  • Well reported as usual. Fine work.

    Michael WorkingerMichael Workinger12 өдрийн өмнө
  • Recommend everybody watch ALL of THG's videos with dispatch as some of the events will be replaced by the revisionist historians of today. Wake up America, you are losing your history!

    qwer123211qwer12321112 өдрийн өмнө
  • Amazing story. Reverbrates even today, for sure.

    InfoScholarInfoScholar12 өдрийн өмнө
  • Arrest fauci and gates !

    Rkk O'TilleyRkk O'Tilley12 өдрийн өмнө
  • It's one of those cases where you can't muster up any emotions because both parties deserve to be dead. Edit: Oh, and their lawyers too.

    Feck Eric-SchmidtFeck Eric-Schmidt12 өдрийн өмнө
  • make one on the molineux trial of 1899

    ZeraTheMantZeraTheMant12 өдрийн өмнө
  • Sounds much like Epstein & his entourage of celebrity!!!

    James MatticksJames Matticks12 өдрийн өмнө
  • So one evil bastard shot and killed another evil bastard.

    STB 1971STB 197112 өдрийн өмнө
  • Not well known, except to people who have seen the musical "Ragtime"

    Steve JohnsonSteve Johnson12 өдрийн өмнө
  • Let's see. Rich and powerful men. Run pedophile rings. Protected by the rich and powerful.

    By the NumbersBy the Numbers12 өдрийн өмнө
  • Can we say Donald Trump and Matt Gaetz?

    Andrew AllenAndrew Allen12 өдрийн өмнө
  • I was first introduced to this story from the musical Ragtime. Love all the details here.

    Raymond WigginsRaymond Wiggins12 өдрийн өмнө
  • These men & their egos. The women that they used & abused meant absolutely nothing to them. They used them as toys for their own sick amusements. Pity the women!

    Kathy HesterKathy Hester12 өдрийн өмнө
  • Have you done a history of Telephone numbers? I came across one that is on an old picture (2621 - J). Somebody gave it for me to research. I just thought it would be an interesting video

    M Kay ThrushM Kay Thrush12 өдрийн өмнө
  • Thank you for sharing history and humanity with such passion.

    Hatter EthHatter Eth12 өдрийн өмнө
  • Attractive young woman abused sexually by powerful men? That will never change.

    HonodleHonodle13 өдрийн өмнө
  • I think it's about time for a Clement Vallandigham episode!

    Kev RoKev Ro13 өдрийн өмнө
  • History is full of echoes.

    puirYorickpuirYorick13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Beaux Arts is elided and pronounced, "Boze Are".

    Todd MerrellTodd Merrell13 өдрийн өмнө
  • I don't think this history deserves to be remembered. What horrible people.

    Scott PelakScott Pelak13 өдрийн өмнө
  • See also the 1981 movie Ragtime

    kevin austinkevin austin13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Changed the names and specific details and rewrite the story of current events.

    Richard ThornhillRichard Thornhill13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Sounds like BILL CLINTON to me!

    A320 CAT3DUALA320 CAT3DUAL13 өдрийн өмнө
  • ..I do enjoy your hard work here THG, and I know all about needing to make a living, but when the ad interrupts and a woman comes on talking about "shaving your balls"....? Really?

    Tim WatsonTim Watson13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Hmmm, people with too much money who think they can do whatever they like. Seems things don't change much...

    Western Australia Now and ThenWestern Australia Now and Then13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Sounds like they would fit right in with the liberals of today.

    Jerry PeacockJerry Peacock13 өдрийн өмнө
  • 1981 film Ragtime, kind of, includes this subject matter as part of the story of various people during the time in history.

    Crusty MarineCrusty Marine13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Thaw famous for being very wild child before that was common in the English Language.

    wv171wv17113 өдрийн өмнө
  • " T'was Beauty that killed the Beast[s]". And beastly they, Thaw and White, most certainly were.

    good 'ungood 'un13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Just think: if Gloria Allred had been around back then Evelyn might have lived out her days living in luxury in Palm Beach.

    James ClendonJames Clendon13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Nothings changed re. wealth, then.

    David WhiteDavid White13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Hey- I’ve actually heard of this before. Nice video (as always)

    MomentsInTradingMomentsInTrading13 өдрийн өмнө
  • I learned about his case when I was young watching a show on HBO. Something about famous criminal cases. It's very well portrayed in the movie Ragtime too. Elizabeth McGovern plays Nesbit in the film. Does play her as kind of a dingbat. But the whole story is pretty well done.

    ArgentAbendAzureArgentAbendAzure13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Love your channel, Great episode. please post more world war 1 aviation stories.

    Benjamin JamesBenjamin James13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Stanford White didn't kill himself.

    Bitchin SpectreBitchin Spectre13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Dang bro slow down speaking lol had to check to see if I had accidentally changed the playback speed

    joshin bamajoshin bama13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Thanks again...!

    steve shoemakersteve shoemaker13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Please History Guy. Can you do a video on Irena Sendler!? She was a true heroine ❤️

    Masuga NutMasuga Nut13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Have you ever covered the circumstances surrounding the death of Meriwether Lewis?

    Andrew EdenAndrew Eden13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Boy talk about history repeating itself

    Mike CraseMike Crase13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Nothing has changed. Just look at Hollywood and the music industry today.

    Daddy NunyaDaddy Nunya13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Facts would be nice as you generally provide. Not speculation. Sorry history guy, this ones a no go.

    matthewl67matthewl6713 өдрийн өмнө
  • Greetings from Clay County, Missouri! I

    Brian NelsonBrian Nelson13 өдрийн өмнө
  • So I'm guessing the reason there was no evidence of graffiti from the period proclaiming "Stanford White didn't kill himself" was because his murder was actually reported in the papers instead of covered up by the murderer's fellow perverts. What if THIS is the real Gilded Age but they don't want you to know it?

    Doug EarnestDoug Earnest13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Thank you.

    Mary RichardsonMary Richardson13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Insanity ran in the Thaw Family and some of them were committed to mental institutions. You were right to say that Harry Kendal l Thaw was sadistic. You get a real idea of the whole affair from the novel and the movie, RAGTIME. The whole thing about Stanford White was fabricated by Thaw's defense lawyer with the help of the yellow press. This was all well known in Pittsburgh.

    hungrysoleshungrysoles13 өдрийн өмнө
  • amazing how little changes over time. Great episode.

    Scott MiniumScott Minium13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Miss Nesbitt was , indeed, a stunning beauty. Seems like every era has a "Lolita" and a nefarious suitor or two. "The Golden Age" had a dramatic turn of events with its version of this timeless classic. Thank you, THG, for your take on this sordid affair-- you gave it the passionate voice it deserves.

    Crusty CurmudgeonCrusty Curmudgeon13 өдрийн өмнө
  • The 80s movie Ragtime is based on this event.

    B. AllenB. Allen13 өдрийн өмнө
  • I know these names. The event was described by "Nikola Tesla" in a book by Spider Robinson. He described White being the architect to Wardenclyffe, though I don't know how accurate that is: the book is a well-written work of fiction after all.

    Hornet ScalesHornet Scales13 өдрийн өмнө
  • sounds like today. the real victim was Mz Nesbit first w White drugging and raping her and Thaw locking her in a stateroom on a ship and abusing her. what men wont do is shameless

    Stelladona Confredo ButlerStelladona Confredo Butler13 өдрийн өмнө
  • "The curse of beauty!"💔💔💔🌹🌹🌹🙏

    Philip CallicoatPhilip Callicoat13 өдрийн өмнө
  • The amazing but also almost forgotten movie, Ragtime, dramatized this as part of its sprawling narrative.

    protoguyprotoguy13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Nothing has changed!

    David BlankDavid Blank13 өдрийн өмнө
  • History may not repeat itself.... but it sure does rhyme!

    BillNeilanBillNeilan13 өдрийн өмнө
  • This is an excellent companion piece to Obsolete Oddity's coverage of this sensational story!

    clowchanclowchan13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Everyone wanted something from her. Nobody wanted anything for her.

    Tom WhitesideTom Whiteside13 өдрийн өмнө
  • The more things change the more they stay the same. Same song, same verse, just different words.

    Robert LangRobert Lang13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Do the poisoning of Jane Stanford, wife of Lealand Stanford (of Stanford University fame). To this day, her murder has never been solved: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Stanford

    Mike BeebeMike Beebe13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Thanks 😊

    Coy RobertsCoy Roberts13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Guarantee you it hasn’t gotten any better in this age. It has worsened!

    Coy RobertsCoy Roberts13 өдрийн өмнө
  • I am actually very familiar with this story. I read a biography on Evelyn Nesbit.

    Tony CorrentiTony Correnti13 өдрийн өмнө
    • A little secret that the History Guy doesn't know or is pretending he doesn't: A lot of people are familiar with the story.

      James ClendonJames Clendon13 өдрийн өмнө
  • You MUST do a segment on the PIRATE Benjamin Hornigold. From WIkipedia: ..."Hornigold is recorded as having attacked a sloop off the coast of Honduras, but as one of the passengers of the captured vessel recounted, "they did us no further injury than the taking most of our hats from us, having got drunk the night before, as they told us, and toss'd theirs overboard".[9].."

    QuantumRiftQuantumRift13 өдрийн өмнө
    • @The History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered Thanks, I'll see if I missed it....wow, yea, I'd seen this one but hadn't marked it as 'liked' so I was prob distracted while it was playing. Thank you.

      QuantumRiftQuantumRift5 өдрийн өмнө
    • We talk about Hornigold in this epsiode: mnthe.info/bill/video/aqiTyZuUmmefcG8

      The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Sounds like Hollywood today.....

    fin screennamefin screenname13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Butt boyish???

    Sheldon BrunnSheldon Brunn13 өдрийн өмнө
  • You are definitely right about how the crimes of the past are still be committed today THG. Specifically, pertaining to the way that young, pretty and poor females and males are sought after by those with money or in positions of power or trust, then manipulated, offered false promises or guarantees of a better life for them and/or their families. Then their worst nightmares become their reality. Some of the worst crimes are not relegated to the past, as they should be, but continue to be committed, sometimes in plain sight, while we turn our heads and tell ourselves that it can't really happen today. That's exactly what they told themselves back then.

    John CashwellJohn Cashwell13 өдрийн өмнө
  • The crime and trial of the century. Until the next one comes along.

    CliffCliff13 өдрийн өмнө
  • You think it was just the Gilded Age? Epstein Island, anyone? If anything, it is worse today.

    mountainhobomountainhobo13 өдрийн өмнө