Episode 48: Dollop: Charles Guiteau

Charles was a bit of an asshole.


President GarfieldThe Fatal Bullet: The Assassination of President James A. Garfield (A Treasury of Victorian Murder) * Rick Geary

The Trial of the Assassin Guiteau: Psychiatry and the Law in the Gilded Age * Charles Rosenberg

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President * Candace Millard

Guiteau at findagrave:

After he was executed (in 1882), the National Museum of Health and Medicine was under mandate to perform autopsies on criminals in an attempt to find ‘anatomical abnormalities’ in criminals. A grossly enlarged spleen was the only thing they discovered. His skeleton, spleen and brain are in storage at the museum. They also have the segment of President Garfield’s spine through which Guiteau’s bullet passed, killing the president.

James Abram Garfield at findagrave

  • 20th president of the United States
  • 3rd to die in office
  • 2nd to be assassinated, after Abraham Lincoln

John Noyes and the Oneida Community, aka the Noyes cult, and its free love (Noyes is credited with coining that phrase)

Oneida Community Mansion House
170 Kenwood Avenue
Oneida, NY 13421

Guiteau then obtained a law license in Chicago, based on an extremely casual bar exam.(Wikipedia)

I think the above quote says a lot. Just read that, rest with it, let it simmer.

Guiteau, Convicted and in Jail, Declares He Is Not a Lunatic (original document)

“I am Going to the Lordy” is a poem written by Charles J. Guiteau, the assassin of James A. Garfield. He wrote it the morning of his execution and read it at the gallows. The poem was detested by many of Guiteau’s contemporaries, as well as those who came to see the execution. “I Am Going to the Lordy” was used as a base for the song “The Ballad of Guiteau” in the Stephen Sondheim musical Assassins, where Guiteau sings a version of the song while cakewalking up and down the scaffold. (Wikipedia)

So…this stalker/murderer’s last act before execution was to do his own Michigan J. Frog. Wow:


Cultural references from this episode:

Band names from this episode:

  • Soggy Biscuits (Thanks, Wil!)
  • Charles GitOut
  • Shame Circle
  • King Troll
  • Spine Chasm

About Carla

This Bluestocking bookworm is your friendly Dollop web-wrangler and digital library curator. In other words, pay no attention to that woman behind the curtain. I'm just here to John Nash all this stuff together. It's all about connections. IT'S ALL CONNECTED. I live atop a mountain, geographically isolated for the protection of others. Yes, an American mountain.