Abraham Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, physically abused him routinely, pelting her husband with potatoes and books and whacking him with firewood, according to a new biography.- from here
Michael Burlingame, a historian at Connecticut College, argues in "The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln," due next month from the University of Illinois Press, that the 16th president was a classic victim of spousal abuse.
"She threw coffee in his face and chased him with a knife," Burlingame said.
A nurse who cared for Professor Stephen Hawking claimed last night that she saw his wife abusing and mistreating him.- from here
Elaine Hawking called her disabled 62-year-old husband a cripple, bathed him in water that was too hot and allowed him to wet himself, it was alleged.
The nurse was reported as saying: "She gets angry and has thrown him on the bed where he kicks his limbs or hurts himself. She allowed him to slip down low in the bath so the water goes in the hole in his throat.
"She has left him in the garden without his computer mouse so he cannot talk and call for anyone. She gives him lots of verbal abuse and calls him a cripple and an invalid, which depresses him.
"She would withhold the bottle he used to go to the toilet so he wet himself, which he does not like because he is a very dignified person and a very private person. The verbal abuse is unbelievable. Her mouth is like a sewer. We (his nurses) got so used to it we forgot it was not normal behaviour.
"She throws things around the kitchen to frighten people and has temper tantrums.
"During one visit to hospital she was asked to leave because she was throwing things around."
[...] Professor Hawking's 24-year-old son by his first wife Jane said yesterday he felt certain his stepmother was behind a string of alleged assaults on the academic.
Tim Hawking described his father's alleged abuse as "completely despicable and unacceptable".
He added: "I believe quite strongly that it's true, based on what I have been privy to in the past.
"It makes me feel sick, as I'm sure anyone would be in my position. I feel completely helpless. He denies it every time I speak to him and I would hope he would respect me enough to tell me the truth."
Tim's mother Jane said: "The situation is far worse than any of us imagined."
Cambridgeshire Police confirmed they will be speaking to a nurse about allegations of assault on the academic.
It can happen to everyone.