Friday, September 22, 2017

Famous Teleiophile: The 'First Supermodel' Sixteen-Year-Old Evelyn Nesbit





Here's the headline from a September 2017 Anna Hopkins Daily Mail post:


Inside the Crime of the 20th Century: The 'mad millionaire' who shot dead New York architect as revenge for sexually assaulting his teenage model wife – before continuing his life of luxury behind bars
  • Harry Thaw, a railroad heir worth $40 million, assassinated revered architect and socialite Stanford White on the rooftop of Madison Square Garden in 1906
  • Thaw said he did it because White 'ruined his wife' - the 'first supermodel' Evelyn Nesbit, who was the 'it-girl' of the early 1900s
  • Nesbit had revealed to her husband that White sexually assaulted her when she was 16-years-old in his West 24th Street playhouse
  • [White met [...] Evelyn in 1901 – she was 16 and he was 47, with a known proclivity for young women.]
  • Despite this, she and White went on to have a years-long affair and just before she died at the age of 82 in 1967 she described him as 'the most wonderful man I ever knew'
  • Thaw was found to be criminally insane after two trials, due to the high profile nature of the case
  • It was the first trial in United States history that a jury was sequestered for, and became known as the 'Trial of the Century'