Today he would be in prison for 20 years waiting while his appeals ran out, and then some judge would find a technicality, and there would be more appeals, and so on and on . . .
I don’t know if this usage is still used. In older texts, Garfield was assassinated on July 2, 1881, but didn’t die until September 19, 1881. Thus the assassination is the fatal attack, but not the death of the victim.
The guy sounds like a Bernie Bot.
The dude was crazier than an outhouse rat. (I cleaned that up a bit.) He was probably the only presidential assassin who was legitimately 100% bat-fecal matter nuts. He should have been sent to an asylum. In any event, as he noted in one of his lucid moments; “I only shot him (Garfield). His doctors killed him.”
Giteau didn’t kill Garfield. He just put a bullet hole in him. It was the doctor’s lack of sterilized practice that killed him. They stuck too many dirty fingers in the wound until it became septic. It was the septicemia that killed him.
July 1, 1882 edition of the New York Tribune.
Forgettable? He was one of the most brilliant men ever elected to the presidency. He was a college president and a general in the Union Army in the civil war. He could write with both hands simultaneously, one writing in Latin and the other in Greek. The fact that he was assassinated just a few months into his first term may be why many people dont know that much about him but he was anything but forgettable.
Robert Lincoln, Abe’s son, was present when this happened. I believe it was after this that he avoided being in the presence of a President. I think he thought himself a jinx of sorts.
I have been watching a lot of videos lately on Jim Jones cult that killed over 900 people. Giteau was named as a member of another ‘Peoples’s Temple’-like cult by one of Jim Jones’ biographers.
Wait! What? Hanged with a noose? A noose? Wasn’t that racist?
Here’s an old song about Charles Guiteau and his journey to the SKAY-fold...