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The Crime of the Century – The Supermodel, The Architect, And the Insane Millionaire

April 27, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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At the dawn of the 20th century, America was riveted by the first celebrity murder case in America. The murderer was famous and so was the victim and so was the murderer’s wife. The venue was famous and so were the lawyers involved. The only thing missing was wall-to-wall cable news coverage! You can’t make this stuff up!

The Crime: Stanford White, the most famous architect in America was murderedRagtime Murders - Evelyn Nesbit on the Evelyn Nesbitrooftop of Madison Square Garden (a building he designed) by Harry K Thaw, the insane millionaire heir to one of America’s great fortunes.  Thaw believed that Stanford White had drugged and raped Thaw’s teenage wife – the very glamorous and very young showgirl Evelyn Nesbitt the first supermodel in America.

If this story sounds a little familiar, it’s because it was the basis of the best selling book, Oscar winning movie, and Tony Award winning Broadway musical “Ragtime” and the film “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing.”

This fascinating, one-of-a-kind multimedia presentation will bring to life the vivid celebrities, lurid crime and amazing history of the first crime of the century.


PLEASE NOTE: This event is FREE, but pre-registration is STRONGLY encouraged!



McHenry College
(815) 455-8764


McHenry College
8900 U.S. Highway 14
Crystal Lake, 60012