“Legally Insane: Murder and Daniel Sickles” #WeirdButTrue

By 1859, murder had already become sadly commonplace in Washington, D.C. so it was rare when a single homicide attracted much attention — unless that homicide involved a well-known congressman, a famous composer’s son and an attempted cover-up by the president of the United States. With those elements combined, it’s no wonder that Washington society was stunned in February 1859 when they heard of a murder that occurred in wealthy Lafayette Square.

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