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Assassin (Failed)
    (August 31, 1876-May 2, 1956)
    Born in Dublin, Ireland
    Daughter of Edward Gibson, Lord Chancellor of Ireland
    Shot at Benito Mussolini, grazing his nose (April 7, 1926)
    Released without being charged and deported to Great Britain
    Spent the rest of her life at St. Andrew’s Hospital
    Even before the assassination attempt, her eccentric behavior twice got her admitted to asylums.
    A year before shooting Mussolini, she shot herself in an unsuccessful suicide attempt.
    She said she shot Mussolini as a sacrifice to God, who had sent an angel to steady her arm as she aimed.
    She attempted to hang herself at St. Andrew’s with a noose made from scraps of cloth (1930).
    She reportedly believed that her moods determined the weather.
    She suffered a number of illnesses growing up, including scarlet fever at age five, peritonitis at 14, pleurisy at 16, and rubella at 20.
    When she was eighteen, she was a debutant in the court of Queen Victoria.
    She missed killing Mussolini only because he turned his head at the same moment she pulled the trigger.
    She was almost lynched by the crowd before being rescued and detained by police.
    She wrote a thank you letter to her jailer after being released and sent to Britain.

Credit: C. Fishel

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