Mary Todd Lincoln’s extravagant spending habits were a huge factor in her being deemed mentally ill enough to be institutionalized in Bellevue Place, a privately operated sanitarium in Batavia, Ill. Add to that an extreme paranoia about money, plus hallucinations, both auditory and visual, and you’ve got yourself a Grade-A lunatic.

Or so a bunch of white men decided back in 1875.

Sun-Times books editor Teresa Budasi looks at The Madness of Mary Lincoln.