Evelyn Nesbit's life of fantasy became all too real, when her insanely jealous millionaire husband, Harry K. Thaw, killed her lover, Stanford White, architect of much of New York City. She found herself at the center of a media frenzy. The scandal, and the wildly popular courtroom drama that followed, sparked an entire industry of news and gossip that captivated the nation. The drama signaled the beginning of America's growing obsession with glamour and celebrity, and intrigued Americans through media coverage that spilled the seedy details of Thaw's crime of passion.
Paula Uruburu is a professor of English at Hofstra University. An expert on Evelyn Nesbit and the time period, she has been widely published and has appeared on A&E's Biography, PBS's History Detectives and American Experience, and been a consultant for the History Channel.