CHICAGO (AP) -- Dramatic
details delving into the life of Abraham Lincoln's wife are about to take
Actors portraying Mary Todd Lincoln and
others will showcase retrials of her 1875 insanity case.
One staged retrial is scheduled for Monday
in Chicago. The
other is in Springfield
The events are being produced and sponsored
by the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission and the Abraham
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.
Mrs. Lincoln was tried when her son Robert
brought allegations of insanity against her. She ultimately was declared a
"lunatic" and placed in the Bellevue Sanitarium in Batavia, Illinois.
Museum officials say this time around local
judges and attorneys, along with the audience, will get to decide the former
first lady's fate using modern laws.