Presidents: Tales from the Crypt

Tales from the Crypt

The first U.S. President to be assassinated was Abraham Lincoln -- or was it Zachary Taylor? Last week the coroner in Louisville exhumed the body of the 12th President, who died on July 9, 1850, five days after consuming a large amount of iced cherries and milk at a sweltering Independence Day celebration at the Washington Monument. Back then, Taylor's sudden death was attributed to gastroenteritis. But Clara Rising, a Florida writer who is researching a book about Taylor, believes he may have been murdered.

Samples of Taylor's hair, bones and fingernails will be tested for traces of arsenic poisoning. If...

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