Harry K. Thaw

Henry Thaw (1871 - 1947) was a mentally disturbed but very wealthy heir to a multi-million dollar mine and railroad fortune. In one of the most notorious murders of its time, Thaw shot and killed Standford White, a famous architect, in a jealous rage on June 25, 1906. Amongst his many accomplishments, White had designed the original Madison Square Garden. Shaw killed White while White was eating dinner at a restaurant in Madison Square Garden. In what was called the "trial of the century" Thaw was found not guilty by reason of insanity. A prior trial ended in a hung jury. He was sent to a mental institution but after a few years was released. Many viewed the Thaw case as a travesty because Thaw had basically gotten away with murder. Newspapers compared the Thaw case with the upcoming Leopold and Loeb trial. Darrow and the defense had to counter suggestions that the two cases were similar. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ggbain-13269