Mary Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s surviving wife, was declared insane after a case brought by her son Robert. But she was determined to escape the institution she was placed in.
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A media brouhaha broke out in 1909 when both Robert Peary and Frederick Cook claimed to have successfully reached the North Pole. The truth is still murky.
Frank Sinatra's son was kidnapped in 1963. The famous singer offered to pay a $1 million ransom. The crooks wanted $240,000. That wasn’t the only odd thing about the bungled plot.
Dancer’s Image was disqualified as the 1968 Kentucky Derby winner, in a saga that involves a shady horse doctor, a doping mystery, and the struggle of the civil rights movement.
In the 1930s, Hollywood star Mary Astor recorded the details of her private life in a purple diary, which her husband found and then used in a scandalous custody court battle.
These are the stories that will let you escape this summer at a time when escaping in a book has never been more vital.
John D. Rockefeller may have been a scion of American industry, the head of a family known for its philanthropy. But his father was a wheeling-dealing con-man and accused rapist.
“The Skylight Caper,” which happened in Montreal in 1972, remains the greatest art crime in Canadian history. 17 paintings remain missing, and no suspects have ever been detained.
Only bits and pieces of the original war footage of “The Life of General Villa” survive today. Otherwise, the existence of this extraordinary Hollywood movie is lost to history.
There have been four robberies at the beautiful Russborough House in County Wicklow, Ireland, over the last 28 years—with the same paintings being stolen over and over again.