Betsy Golden Kellem

Betsy Golden Kellem is an attorney and historian. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, Smithsonian and Atlas Obscura, and she is currently at work on a book about P.T. Barnum. She blogs at Drinks With Dead People, an ongoing effort to answer the old party question: if you could have a drink with anyone in history, who would it be?

Stories By Betsy Golden Kellem

In 1859, a Murderous Congressman Pioneered the Insanity Defense

After gunning down his wife's lover in broad daylight, Daniel Sickles tried to escape the gallows by claiming he was out of his mind.