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Crime History: Congressman kills Willard waiter in breakfast brawl

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On this day, May 8, in 1856, U.S. Rep. Philemon T. Herbert shot and killed a headwaiter who refused to serve him breakfast at the Willard Hotel in downtown Washington. Herbert arrived at D.C.'s most fashionable hotel after breakfast had closed, but he demanded that he be served anyway. Thomas Keating, an Irish immigrant, declined to serve him, and their argument turned into an all-out food...

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