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April 05, 1859

THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 5, 1859 The first column on the ftpg. has heads including: "The Sickles Tragedy" "Trial of Daniel E. Sickles for the Murder of Philip Barton Key" "Appearance of the Prisoner" "A Panel of 30 Jurors Exhausted--A New Panel of 75 Ordered" "The Accused Not Allowed To Leave the Dock" & more. This famous trial created a national sensation because of the lurid details, as Sickles suspected Key was having an affair with his wife, and when caught pursuing her he shot him at point blank range shouting, "You must die! You must die!".  Sickles' defense ultimately was that he could not be held responsible because he was driven insane by the knowledge his wife was sleeping with Phillip Key. Sickles would be found not guilty. This was the first use of the "insanity plea" for a murder case. Eight pgs., never bound nor trimmed, nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War