That’s probably little comfort, of course, to those who’ve believed that they experienced a face-to-face encounter with a ghostly version of the Great Emancipator. And there have been others—President Harry Truman, for example—who reveled in the idea that Lincoln might still be dwelling in the White House. As Presidential daughter Margaret Truman Daniel once wrote, her father told her that when he heard noises in the White House, he imagined that another President—perhaps Andrew Jackson—was roaming the halls. “I’m sure they’re here,” President Truman supposedly explained. “...I won’t lock my doors or bar them if any of the old coots in the pictures want to come out of their frames for a friendly chat.”
This is a case that should never have gone to trial. A matter such as this should have been settled long ago. Because of the hot political spotlight, “cooler heads” were never able to prevail at the University of Colorado. The University left Professor Churchill in personal and professional limbo for 4½ years. The University wasted its resources in this matter, including time and money. Because the University of Colorado is a public institution, I assume that we will eventually get to see an accounting of what this episode cost the State of Colorado. They should be ashamed.