- Oct 2010
This one will make a great conversation starter.The first murderer in American history to be acquitted on the grounds of 'temporary insanity' was a cuckolded husband.
Daniel Sickles was a prominent New York politician in the years leading up to the American Civil War. He was known as a colorful and outrageous personality, as well as an aggressive lady's man. He married a girl half his age, but proceeded to neglect her in favor of his older mistresses, so she in turn began cheating (her lover was none other than Philip Barton Key, son of Francis Scott Key).
When Sickles found out, he confronted Key across the street from the White House, and gunned him down. Sickles was arrested, but plead insanity, and was acquitted thanks to both his political and his medical connections. Later on he became a general and a prolific recruiter for the Union during the Civil War, until the Battle of Gettysburg, where he lost his leg (it was put on display in a museum, and he was prone to visiting it later in life). Sickles refused to divorce his young wife, but he continued with his own womanizing ways. While serving as a minister to Spain, he supposedly became the Queen's lover and thus became known as "the Yankee King of Spain".