Truman Capote, a Cyanide Pill, and a Massive Murder in High Society

HBO show Gilded Age is a delightful jaunt of lavish homes, opulent gowns, and delectable acts. It’s fun to watch, but there’s something about it that feels too high-gloss, not real. It’s Hollywood’s interpretation of late 19th-century New York high society — exaggerated, scaled down, and distilled to just the very best.

That’s what I thought, at least, until I started researching Life Magazine called “shooting of the century.” The dresses could have been a little less provocative and a little more scandalous (Agnes van Rhijn would be appalled by the amount of legs exposed), transport added a whole new level of “horse” power. oh,” and the world of the famously rich did get a little bigger and more connected by the day, but the behavior of America’s highest social class in the 1950s — well, that’s still the case. snobbish and scandalous.

The year is 1955 and the characters in this story are 40-year-old Ann Woodward, a woman of unknown origin (read: lower class who performed on — gasp — on stage) and who The rich man she “trapped” to marry his family’s wishes, 35-year-old Billy Woodward. On the night of October 30, police were called to an ambulance in a tony neighborhood of Oyster Bay, Long Island. When they break into the mansion, they find Ann on the ground, shotgun nearby, clutching the body of her naked and dead husband. Truman Capote, a Cyanide Pill, and a Massive Murder in High Society

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a Interreviewed U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined Interreviewed in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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