Lita McClinton, James ‘Jim’ Sullivan: Watch ‘Murder In The Thirst Who Killed The Palm Beach Princess?’


Lita McClinton, aka Lita Sullivan, was ordered murdered by James Sullivan. The story of riches and murder will air on BET’s crime TV show Murder in the Thirst, under the title (Death by Roses) “Who Killed the Palm Beach Princess?” Jim Sullivan (James Sullivan), a white Florida millionaire, hired hit-man Phillip Anthony Harwood to murder his beautiful black wife—Atlanta socialite Lita McClinton Sullivan in 1987. The murder case has been featured in several documentaries. Murder in the Thirst promises to show us a different aspect of the case.


Murder in the Thirst episode {Death By Roses} Who Killed the Palm Beach Princess?” on BET (Black Entertainment Television)

When African American socialite Lita McClinton Sullivan opens the door to a flower deliveryman early one morning, she is shot execution-style. As blood-stained pink roses surround her body, police wonder if her pending divorce case had something to do with it.

Watch the sensational murder that rocked Palm Beach and Buckhead society on Murder in the Thirst: “Who Killed the Palm Beach Princess?” airing Sundays at  9/8 p.m. Central on BET.


[from the files of Traciy Curry-Reyes/court evidence photos]

Traciy Curry-Reyes

Traciy Curry-Reyes is the founder and editor-in-chief of TV Crime Sky. She began her career as a true crime & entertainment freelance writer in the 1990's for her website, The Movies Based on True Stories Database/Archives. She has contributed content to other websites, such as and Traciy also appears as a true-crime expert and commentator on TV One's Fatal Attraction, For My Man, and Justice by Any Means; Investigation Discovery's Murder Calls and Scorned; Oxygen's Snapped; FOX's Crime Watch Daily; and Lifetime Television's Killer Kids.