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I shall put you into the asylum! part two

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Betrayal and trickery result in Elizabeth Packard's legal kidnapping to a mental asylum in 1860.

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As Elizabeth was removed from her home, her husband informed her, “You are being taken by train to Jacksonville Insane Asylum.”

“That is not legal. I have had no trial.”

“Wife, that is not necessary according to our Illinois State laws of 1860.”

“Theophilus, we have state law...
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