Under-appreciated historical fact:

In October of 1927, George Remus (a Chicago lawyer and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s inspiration for Jay Gatsby) shot and killed his wife in front of this gazebo. This took place after she cheated on him with his former cellmate, liquidated his entire bootlegging empire while he was in prison, attempted (and failed) to have him deported and/or assassinated, and then tried to divorce him.

Remus defended himself in court, brought in an alienist (the term used before ‘psychiatrist’ was coined) to argue that the “majority of normal men” would have shot their wives under the same circumstances, and was acquitted in nineteen minutes.

The Spring House Gazebo

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