A recent blog post by the Daytonian in Manhattan, reveals that a prominent “alienist” -an early criminal psychologist -practiced out of 143 West 72nd Street. After playboy millionaire Harry K. Thaw murdered starchitect Stanford White (Come learn more at LW’s May 8th program!)  the State hired Dr. William Broadus Pritchard at $250 a day (more than $7,000 today) to determine Thaw’s sanity.  He testified that the defendant “was perfectly rational and knew what he was doing when he shot White.” Read more about the building and block history on the Daytonian blog.

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