When Stanford White was murdered by Harry K. Thaw in 1906, his death become known as “The Crime of the Century.” Thaw was the debauched and deranged heir to a Pittsburgh fortune with a sadistic streak. White was an artistic genius and one of the world’s premier architects, who became obsessed with a teenaged chorus girl, Evelyn Nesbit. Nesbit and Thaw would eventually marry, but Thaw’s lingering jealousy and anger culminated in White’s murder—and shocking trial about a murder committed in front of dozens of eyewitnesses.Promising young D.A. William Travers Jerome would find his faith in himself and the law severely tested as he battled colorful crooks, licentious grandees, and corrupt politicians. Cummings brilliant reveals the social issues simmering below the surface of New York that Jerome had to face. Filled with mesmerizing drama, rich period details, and fascinating characters, Saving Sin City sheds fresh light on crimes whose impact still echoes throughout the twenty-first century.
Mary Cummings is a writer and historian. She has been awarded by the New York Press Association for her obituary of Joseph Heller and a Best In-Depth Reporting Award for "Troubled Waters" a series on Long Island's threatened groundwater supply. She has written for The New York Times, Newsday, Time Out New York, and more, and was the arts editor and principal feature writer at The Southampton Press. She is a graduate of Smith College with a master's degree from Stony Brook University. She lives in Southampton, New York.