In 1955, Ann Woodward shot her husband, Billy, in their Oyster Bay, Long Island, home. While she was cleared by a grand jury, which believed her story that she had mistaken Billy for a prowler who had been recently breaking into neighboring houses, New York society was convinced that she had deliberately murdered Billy and that her formidable mother-in-law, Elsie Woodward, had covered up the crime to prevent further scandal to the socially prominent family. The incident became fiction in Truman Capote’s malicious 1975 Esquire story, leading to Ann’s suicide, and later was the subject of Dominick Dunne’s The Two Mrs. Grenvilles. Now, after years of research, Braudy reveals the truth behind the legend. Tracing Ann’s life from her difficult Kansas childhood through her early years as a model and aspiring actress to her stormy marriage to Billy Woodward and the sad years of her social exile after his death, Braudy shows how Ann, a victim of cruel gossip and class snobbery, could not have deliberately killed Billy.
Susan Braudy was born in Philadelphia and was educated at Bryn Mawr College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale. She has written for many magazines, including The New York Times, Newsweek, and The Atlantic. She is the author of four books, among them This Crazy… More about Susan Braudy