In the summer of 1906 the entire country found itself caught in the grips of a stunning murder case: Chester Gillette's brutal killing of his romantic partner on Big Moose Lake in the Adirondacks. That story, followed by Gillette's subsequent trial, became the basis of Theodore Dreiser's famous novel, An American Tragedy, as well as the film, A Place in the Sun. It was a story that ended in Auburn, with Gillette's imprisonment and execution at Auburn Prison. The riveting true crime drama was re-examined afresh in 2006 with the discovery of a diary Gillette had kept while on Death Row. The account provides a fascinating view of Chester's 18-month stay at Auburn Prison as he gradually came to face his sentence in the electric chair.
An American Tragedy in Auburn: The Murder Case that Rocked the Nation
- 203 Genesee Street
- Auburn, NY 13021
- August 22, 2018
- Carriage House Theater
- Admission: Seward House Museum Members $10, General Public $15. Reservations Recommended