1001 History's Best Storytellers

In 1859, as America teetered on the edge of a civil war, Washington DC was a swirling mix of political tension and reckless partying and social life. Congressman Dan Sickles and his beautiful young wife were among the most popular party hosts in the city, until Congressman Sickles discovered that his best friend, US District Attorney Philip Barton Key, the dashing son of Francis Scott Key, had been having an affair for the past year with Sickle's wife Teresa. When Sickles saw Key outside his home in Lafayette Park using a handkerchief signal to invite her to their trysting place- he flew into a rage, grabbed three pistols, walked out into the park, and shot and mortally wounded Key. The news of the murder and trial shook the world, and became the most publicized American murder of the century. Join us as we talk to author Chris de Rose about this little known true story.

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