American Experience
Murder of the Century: Sex, Money, and Murder

Breaking the Rules:
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At the turn of the century, the letter of law, and the morality of the society which was setting itself up as the standard for New York City was entirely hypocritical. One married and one pretended to be monogamous -- and monogamy was out of the question. And the richer you were, the freer you were to break the rules. Everybody... I can't think of a single exception where somebody or other wasn't having fun on the side. And the wives had no alternative, they were not going to have a career outside of the home. There was nothing to be done about it.