By Marilyn Bardsley
Jim Williams had all of it: kind, tradition, air of mystery, and class. As a top-rated 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 exertions 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 residence to determine the attractive mansion depicted in Clint Eastwood’s motion picture and the publication 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 booklet portrayed the natives of Savannah as remarkably decadent, unique characters, they ignored the astonishing darkish facet of Jim Williams himself. He used to be a delicate predator whose crimes can have positioned him at the back of bars lengthy ahead of the demise of Danny Hansford.
After middle of the night within the backyard of fine and Evil is the newly revised and elevated model of the number 1 Wall road magazine bestselling real account of the crime, which include the most important testimony recreating the court docket drama among a proficient prosecutor and a super security legal professional as they conflict over the way forward for a self-made aristocrat.
More than forty pictures and revealing insider interviews deliver new lifestyles to the brilliant forged of characters during this precise southern crime tale.
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Magda Leonides' face showed the naïve perplexity of a child. "Darling," she said, "do you really think -" "Yes, I do. Throw it away. " Sophia added, as a little pleased smile began to show on her mother's face: "I've made you some chocolate. " "Oh - good - I'm starving -" She paused in the doorway. " On this exit line she went out. " "She'll be all right," said Sophia. " "Don't worry," said Sophia. "She'll play it the way the producer says. " She went out after her mother, then wheeled back to say: "Here's Chief Inspector Taverner to see you, father.
She looked refreshingly English and that appealed to me strongly after three years without seeing my native land. Nobody, I thought, could be more English - and even as I was thinking exactly that, I suddenly wondered if, in fact, she was, or indeed could be, as English as she looked. Does the real thing ever have the perfection of a stage performance? I realised that much and freely as we had talked together, discussing ideas, our likes and dislikes, the future, our immediate friends and acquaintances - Sophia had never mentioned her home or her family.
Marriages and love affairs making and breaking all round us. I'd like to feel you'd gone home, free and independent, to look round you and size up the new post-war world and decide what you want out of it. What is between you and me, Sophia, has got to be permanent. " "No more have I," said Sophia. " murmured Sophia. "Darling - don't you understand? I've tried not to say I love you -" She stopped me. "I do understand, Charles. And I like your funny way of doing things. And you may come and see me when you come back - if you still want to -" It was my turn to interrupt.
After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by Marilyn Bardsley