THE MOLINEUX AFFAIR The True Story of the High Society Murder that Rocked Turn-of-the Century New York.
Hardback. Pride, ambition and jealousy are the threads that create the fabric of this book. What began in 1897 as a romantic encounter between Roland Molineux, a wealthy New York man-about-town, and the beautiful Blanche Chesebrough, an aspiring young singer, ended in tragedy less than 2yrs later with two murders by cyanide poisoning and a scandal that rocked New York. The two people who died were Roland's rival in love and the aunt of a man he hated. And the prime suspect was Roland Molineux, whose dark and sordid secrets exploded across America, ending in a stunning courtroom drama where the arrogance of wealth set a killer free. The murders, the trial and the months in Sing Sing's Death House wreaked havoc on the lives of Roland and Blanche Molineux. Their story has been extensively researched by the author and includes material from Blanche's personal memoirs. When Blanche Molineux Scott - the subject of this book - died in 1954 she left her diaries to the author's mother. Thirty years later, the author decided to write the tragic story of her life.