Man thrown from window during a robbery attempt gone wrong

From The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post, Western Countries and South Wales Adviser (Bristol, England) Published June 18, 1853 In Glasgow, two men got drunk, were invited by some women back to a “low den” (a place of low moral values, including brothels, gambling houses, or seedy bars), where they were given more alcohol until…

Woman forced into mental facility against her will after openly disagreeing with husband’s views

June 18, 1860 Jacksonville, Illinois Elizabeth Packard is committed to the Jacksonville Insane Asylum against her will When the first mental hospital opened in Illinois in 1851, a law was passed which prohibited any patient from being committed against their will without a public hearing to determine their mental health. One provision, however, allowed a…