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After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (Crimescape by Marilyn Bardsley

By Marilyn Bardsley

Jim Williams had all of it: variety, tradition, air of secrecy, and class. As a foremost antiques broker in Savannah, he mingled with celebrities, together with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the Rockefellers, who got here to recognize his notable treasures. His legacy thrust Savannah into the nationwide highlight and remodeled the genteel urban right into a vacationer mecca.

But 3 many years of labor got here crashing down the evening he shot Danny Hansford, his wild younger lover. Jim Williams stood trial 4 occasions over the subsequent decade for premeditated murder.

Today, travelers flock to Mercer residence to work out the beautiful mansion depicted in Clint Eastwood’s motion picture and the booklet from which it used to be made—Midnight within the backyard of fine and Evil—where flamboyant dressmaker and antiques broker Jim Williams (Kevin Spacey) killed Danny Hansford(Jude Law). whereas the motion picture and ebook portrayed the natives of Savannah as remarkably decadent, unique characters, they ignored the magnificent darkish part of Jim Williams himself. He was once a tender predator whose crimes can have placed him at the back of bars lengthy prior to the demise of Danny Hansford.

After dead night within the backyard of excellent and Evil is the newly revised and increased model of the number one Wall highway magazine bestselling precise account of the crime, including the most important testimony recreating the court docket drama among a proficient prosecutor and an excellent safety legal professional as they conflict over the way forward for a self-made aristocrat. greater than forty pictures and revealing insider interviews deliver new lifestyles to the bright forged of characters during this distinctive southern crime story.


Marilyn Bardsley is a revered specialist on serial killers and the editor of RosettaBooks’ bestselling Crimescape™ sequence, in addition to the previous govt editor and founding father of Time Warner’s Crime Library, a superior real crime website.

She has written approximately probably the most well-known serial killers, together with Jeffrey Dahmer, Jack the Ripper, the Boston Strangler, and Charles Manson. Her paintings is usually thought of an enormous source for legislations enforcement; her function reporting on baby homicide circumstances used to be essential studying for the police staff assigned to the golf green River serial murders.


Crimescape™ is a bestselling RosettaBooks number of compelling, brief nonfiction crime eBooks by way of the simplest real crime authors within the company. Taking readers into the darkish center of the felony brain and the demanding hunt to carry the perpetrators to justice, Crimescape™ authors stand except others due to their services within the box as police detectives, forensic execs, legal psychologists, and investigative newshounds. As riveting storytellers, our authors convey readers distinctive perception into the murderous brain and a few of the world’s so much mysterious and interesting cases.

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