Stanford White and Harry Thaw’s battle for the heart of model and chorus girl Evelyn Nesbit in 1906:
“One warm June night in 1906, Albert Payson Terhune could be found engaged in battle for a telephone booth in the old Madison Square Garden while wearing a tuxedo. He had forcibly removed a man mid-conversation, and now, as he shouted into the phone, he kicked out a leg and swung his free arm to fend off the displaced caller and another man wielding a chair. Moments before and one floor above, Terhune, filling in as a drama critic for the New York Evening World, had been a witness to the crime of the century, and he was calling in the scoop.
“The movie version of his half of the conversation would go something like this: ‘Right, yes, that Stanford White. It’s about Evelyn Nesbit!’”