Crime History: Journalist kills former congressman on Capitol steps

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On this day, Feb. 28, in 1890, Charles Kincaid, a newspaper correspondent in Washington for a Louisville, Ky., paper, fatally shot former Rep. William Taulbee on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

Taulbee, 36, had resigned earlier, after Kincaid wrote about the married Kentucky congressman's affair.

But Taulbee remained in Washington as a lobbyist and constantly harassed the much smaller and sickly Kincaid.

On one occasion, Taulbee tossed Kincaid across a hallway. On another, Taulbee shoved Kincaid against a street car.

Finally, after Taulbee yanked on Kincaid's ear, the journalist had enough. He pulled out a pistol and shot Taulbee near the eye. Kincaid was charged with murder, but a jury acquitted him, ruling the act was in self-defense.

To this day, a stain remains on the marble stairs where Taulbee was shot.

- Scott McCabe

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Scott McCabe

Staff Writer - Crime
The Washington Examiner