"Dementia Americana": Mark Twain, "Wapping Alice," and the Harry K. Thaw Trial

@article{Gillman1988DementiaAM,
  title={"Dementia Americana": Mark Twain, "Wapping Alice," and the Harry K. Thaw Trial},
  author={S. Gillman},
  journal={Critical Inquiry},
  year={1988},
  volume={14},
  pages={296 - 314}
}
Early in 1907 one of the twentieth century's most notorious murder cases was making headlines in America and abroad with revelations of bizarre sex, violent jealousy, and hereditary insanity in the demimonde of New York's high society. On the evening of 25 June 1906, following the opening performance of Mamzelle Champagne, the Pittsburgh millionaire Harry K. Thaw shot the well-known architect Stanford White in full view of the diners at the Madison Square Roof Garden-the building itself one of… Expand