By Marilyn Bardsley
Jim Williams had all of it: type, tradition, air of secrecy, and class. As a most advantageous antiques broker in Savannah, he mingled with celebrities, together with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the Rockefellers, who got here to recognize his awesome 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 residence to determine the attractive mansion depicted in Clint Eastwood’s motion picture and the ebook from which it used to be made—Midnight within the backyard of fine and Evil—where flamboyant clothier 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 staggering darkish part of Jim Williams himself. He used to be a soft predator whose crimes can have positioned him in the back of bars lengthy sooner than the dying of Danny Hansford.
After middle of the night within the backyard of fine and Evil is the newly revised and multiplied model of the number 1 Wall road magazine bestselling precise account of the crime, which include an important testimony recreating the court drama among a proficient prosecutor and an excellent protection legal professional as they conflict over the way forward for a self-made aristocrat.
More than forty pictures and revealing insider interviews convey new lifestyles to the bright forged of characters during this exact southern crime tale.
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After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by Marilyn Bardsley