She was angry at Stanford? She was experiencing Stockholm Syndrome? She was in it for the money? Was it because her mother really liked Harry? I truly do not know.
If it was the money, she was sorely disappointed. The Thaw family had millions, but, following their marriage, Thaw was determined to live like a stoic. He also became increasingly paranoid, saying that Stanford had men following him around trying to kill him.
This is almost certainly not true. Stanford had resumed his life as usual, and was doing fun things like going out to musicals held on rooftops.
Bad idea, Stanford.
Harry Thaw and Evelyn attended the opening of Mazelle Champagne, a musical at which Stanford White was also present. Harry refused to remove his coat, despite it being a hot evening in June. That’s because he had a gun underneath it. Around 11:00, Harry walked over to where Stanford was sitting and shot him three times in the face.
And so, to the strains of a song called “I Could Love A Million Girls” Harry Thaw killed Stanford White.
And people laughed. Everyone assumed it was a practical joke. The rivalry between Harry and Stanford was well known, and, considering the song, that actually would have been a hilarious practical joke. I mean, a really dark, inside kind of joke, but still.
Well, it wasn’t a practical joke. As soon as that became apparent, someone tried to throw a tablecloth over White’s body. The blood seeped through almost immediately. Someone tossed on a second tablecloth. Everyone in attendance soon realized what had transpired and fled, horrified. Harry stood there screaming, “I did it because he ruined my wife! He had it coming to him! He took advantage of the girl and then deserted her!”
As the police arrived, Evelyn said to her husband, “Look at the fix you are in.” “It’s all right dear,” Harry replied, “I have probably saved your life.”