By Marilyn Bardsley
Jim Williams had all of it: kind, tradition, aura, and class. As a most effective 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 reworked the genteel urban right into a vacationer mecca.
But 3 a long time of labor got here crashing down the evening he shot Danny Hansford, his wild younger lover. Jim Williams stood trial 4 instances over the subsequent decade for premeditated homicide.
Today, travelers flock to Mercer condo to work out the beautiful mansion depicted in Clint Eastwood’s motion picture and the ebook from which it was once made—Midnight within the backyard of fine and Evil—where flamboyant fashion designer and antiques broker Jim Williams (Kevin Spacey) killed Danny Hansford(Jude Law). whereas the motion picture and booklet portrayed the natives of Savannah as remarkably decadent, unique characters, they overlooked the astounding darkish aspect of Jim Williams himself. He used to be a gentle predator whose crimes can have positioned him in the back of bars lengthy ahead of the loss of life of Danny Hansford.
After middle of the night within the backyard of excellent and Evil is the newly revised and accelerated model of the number 1 Wall highway magazine bestselling real account of the crime, such as the most important testimony recreating the court docket drama among a talented prosecutor and a super safeguard lawyer as they conflict over the way forward for a self-made aristocrat.
More than forty photographs and revealing insider interviews carry new existence to the brilliant forged of characters during this particular southern crime tale.
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A cop gone bad. I thought I knew what to expect, but the truth was I had little idea of what lay before me, little understanding of the mess I had so willingly stepped into. But that's life. I guess if you could see all the dead ends and blind turns, it wouldn't be as interesting. At least that's what I kept telling myself. The windshield wipers on the detective plain-wrap slapped at the rain as we rushed along the 10 Freeway in the dead of night, the tires singing in the rain cuts. No red light, no siren.
Resign," the chief said. "Make a statement for the file indicating guilt so we don't have to worry about facing a lawsuit over it later. You'll cop to a lesser charge and then we'll dismiss you for cause and seal the ease for the benefit of the LAPD. " "You lose it. You confess to the lesser charge, waive your pension and quit," ACA Nichols said. 'This is a great fucking deal, Detective. You don't deserve it. If the department wasn't still in PR trouble from the Rampart scandal, O. J. and the immigration rights melee, they wouldn't be cutting you this much slack.
I read the one-sheet. "Some of this stuff is at my house or in my car at home," I told him. "You can sign it tonight and bring it all in and leave it with Sally tomorrow. " "I'll take your gun and badge now," he said. I pulled them off my belt and laid them on his table. Almost twenty years on the job and in a second it all ended with that simple statement. We performed the receipt-of-badge signing ceremony. " I asked. And then came the one comment that told me he cared. "You fucked up big, Shane.
After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by Marilyn Bardsley