132 years ago today, Queen Victoria was shot at for the very last time. This attempt, by Roderick Maclean, was the only attempt to take place outside of London—at Windsor. Distance from the metropolis, however, apparently had no effect upon the dissemination of the news: telegraph lines were so developed in 1882 that details of the shooting spread around the world within hours. The first Times report, on 3 March 1882, demonstrates, however, the same mixture of fact and rumors found in all its reports, since Edward Oxford’s attempt 42 years earlier. The report did note that Maclean used a revolver. But the reporter made the mistake of identifying it as an expensive American Colt—and noted that the high price of that revolver was certainly inconsistent with Maclean’s claims that he was poor and hungry. Actually, the revolver was a cheap Belgian knock-off that had cost Maclean 5s. 2d. (which he was barely able to afford). Also, the Times report did recognize the part played by an Eton boy in subduing Maclean (with their umbrellas), but did not note that two Eton boys actually attacked Maclean after he attacked the Queen. The most surprising observation in this report, however, has got to be that the man seized “is believed to be insane.” The idea that the Queen’s attacker might be insane certainly arose after every single attack upon her. But the newspapers staunchly resisted drawing that conclusion in print, knowing that a verdict of insanity in a court of law meant acquittal—and automatic commitment to an asylum. Many would have considered that verdict an unjust freeing of the Queen’s attacker. That the Times quickly drew this conclusion this time, after avoiding making it six times before, suggests that they saw—and the world would see—Maclean as different, as more obviously and profoundly mad than his predecessors. And in the end Maclean was indeed judged insane—and spent the rest of his long life in Broadmoor Asylum.