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It Happened Today in New York City

07-16 ThawOn July 16, 1915, Harry K. Thaw of Pittsburgh, having spent nearly eight years in mental institutions following his murder of Stanford White, was released on the orders of a New York judge, who declared him sane. After shooting White multiple times at Madison Square Garden (which White had built) in front of the mayor and the chief of police, Thaw had been acquitted of murder by reason of temporary insanity. The motive for the murder was White’s relationship with Thaw’s wife, Evelyn Nesbit. The couple divorced the same year as Thaw’s final release.

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