In 1919, it all collapsed when Munson became entangled in a sensational criminal case. Her former landlord, Dr. Walter Keene Wilkins, was arrested in the murder of his wife. Wilkins claimed she had been killed by burglars, but police discovered holes in his story.
The motive, police claimed, was that Wilkins was desperate to marry Munson, with whom he’d become obsessed after she lived at his property on West 65th Street.
Wilkins was found guilty and sentenced to death. The resulting publicity ruined Munson’s career, and she later moved to small-town Mexico, NY, where her mother sold silverware door to door to support them.