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Did John Wilkes Booth survive?
Chattanooga Free Press ^ | 2/19/07 | Dick Cook

Posted on 02/19/2007 8:23:24 AM PST by Borges

SEWANEE, Tenn. — A signature in the Franklin County Courthouse and a mummy last seen in 1975 convinced two Tennessee men that John Wilkes Booth, the killer of Abraham Lincoln, escaped capture, traveled South and lived into the 20th century.

Now one of those men is hoping to use DNA evidence to prove it.

The other man, Arthur Ben Chitty, a historiographer at the University of the South who died in 2002, spent 40 years amassing anecdotal evidence that Mr. Booth married a Sewanee woman and lived there for a time, said his daughter Em Turner Chitty.

And there was one piece of physical evidence: the signature of “Jno. W. Booth” and his bride, Louisa J. Payne, recorded Feb. 24, 1872, in the marriage license records office of the Franklin County Courthouse.

“What passes for history is good public relations — that’s my dad’s main thesis,” said Ms. Turner, an English teacher at Pellissippi State College in Knoxville. “The thing that got him most seriously interested (in Booth) was the signature.”

BLAME KEN BURNS

In Memphis, Ken Hawkes got hooked on the Booth mystery in the early 1990s, when everybody in his office was following Ken Burns’ documentary on the Civil War.

Mr. Hawkes was an autopsy technician for the Shelby County medical examiner’s office. He said that after the episode dealing with President Lincoln’s assassination, a coworker told him a mummy that was purported to be Mr. Booth was toted around the Midwest in carnivals during the 1930s.

“I thought it was nonsense,” Mr. Hawkes said last week. “Everybody knows Booth was killed in Virginia two weeks after the assassination.”

But then a doctor in the office showed him a story from a magazine about the Booth mummy.

The doctor said that using forensic medicine, “if we could find the remains, we could show one way or the other if it could be John Wilkes Booth,” he said.

Two weeks later, Mr. Hawkes said, he began to think maybe he ought to find the mummy and do DNA testing.

“I started looking for it and looked and looked and looked,” he said.

The history books state that Mr. Booth shot President Lincoln the day before Easter 1865 at Ford’s Theater. Mr. Booth and a group of conspirators escaped Washington, D.C., and were cornered in Richard Garrett’s barn in Bowling Green, Va., 12 days later.

The barn was set afire, and Mr. Booth was shot and died within hours. Several Union soldiers who were acquainted with him identified his body. He was buried in Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore. SEWANEE CONNECTION

On the third floor in the back of the Jessie Ball duPont Library at the University of the South, archivist Annie Armour points to shelves filled with documents and books that Mr. Chitty, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the school, amassed related to Booth.

Opening a box of newspaper clippings, legal documents, letters and audio recordings of interviews, Ms. Armour said, “I don’t see anything that proves or disproves.”

But, she added, “There are a couple of people around here who swore that (Booth) lived here for a while.”

Ms. Chitty said that in 1956, her father met with a man named James. H. Rees. Mr. Rees told Mr. Chitty that when he was a boy he knew McCager Payne, the son of Louisa Payne and stepson of her husband, John St. Helen.

According to Mr. Chitty’s interviews with relatives, Louisa Payne learned after she married that “St. Helen” wasn’t her husband’s real name. Family lore says she insisted they remarry under his given name. That’s when the signature of “Jno. W. Booth” was made in Franklin County.

Mr. Chitty acquired Mr. Rees’ material on Mr. Booth in the 1980s. The trove included a 1926 interview with McCager Payne in the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle, Ms. Chitty said.

Mr. Payne told the interviewer he had overheard his stepfather tell his mother about “knots on his left leg” and admit that he was Mr. Booth.

Mr. Payne said his stepfather saw the boy had overheard and said, “If you ever tell what you heard me say, I’ll rip your throat from ear to ear,” according to the Leaf-Chronicle.

Several months later the three went to Memphis where Mr. St. Helen/Booth left the boy and his mother and headed to Texas. He told them he would be back but never returned, Ms. Chitty said.

Ms. Chitty said her father’s archives show Louisa Payne and her son returned to Sewanee.

“The story goes that (Louisa) became pregnant only a few months after the marriage,” Ms. Chitty said. “She returned to Payne’s Cove and had the baby, (Laura) Ida Booth. Strangely enough, she became an actress.”

Ms. Chitty said she reviewed her father’s collection of Booth material in 1988.

“There was so much evidence that he gathered, eyewitness evidence, documentary evidence. This story, when you first heard it, was crazy,” Ms. Chitty said.

“But there was a lot of evidence,” she said.

THE MUMMY

Mr. Hawkes has been trying to find what he says may be Mr. Booth’s mummified remains.

In 1903, a dying, alcoholic house painter named David E. George told a minister in Enid, Okla., that he was John Wilkes Booth, Mr. Hawkes said.

Finis Bates, a Tennessee lawyer who decades before knew Mr. St. Helen/Booth, traveled to Oklahoma and determined that the body was that of the man he had known. Mr. Bates acquired the body and had it preserved, Mr. Hawkes said.

At some point, Mr. Bates’ widow sold it to a carnival where the mummy became a major attraction in shows like Jay Gould’s Million Dollar Spectacle, he said.

Mr. Hawkes said he contacted every carnival, sideshow and circus he could find searching for Mr. Booth’s mummy.

News accounts from a Life magazine article in 1931 show that six doctors in Chicago examined and X-rayed the mummy. They found it had a shorter left leg, a distorted right thumb and a scar on its neck, all consistent with physical characteristics of Booth.

Mr. Hawkes said the last documented sighting was in Philadelphia in the early 1960s. But he has a 1991 letter from a man who says he saw the mummy in Pennsylvania in 1975 at a carnival.

“The clincher for me was the man said X-rays were with the mummy that the doctors made in Chicago,” he said.

Mr. Hawkes said the Pennsylvania man told him that the carnival promoter was asking everyone who came in to look at the mummy if they wanted to buy it.

“I do believe the mummy still exists,” he said. “I think it’s in a private collection.”


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To: Young Werther

Correct me if I am wrong but wasn't there someone who put Booth up for the night and tended his wounds/injuries not knowing he was being pursued for the assassination, and who was later tried and hanged?

IIRC news of Lincoln's assassination did not reach the countryside until many many days after the fact so people could not possibly know Booth was on the run for that crime. Yet people that aided him were imprisoned, hung or both.


51 posted on 02/19/2007 9:28:34 AM PST by Hostage
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To: Young Werther
Dr Mudd was convicted and sentenced to live as a conspirator to the crime but his only "sin" was providing a doctor's care to a person who he didn't even know let alone conspire with.

Au contraire. Mudd was well-acquainted with Booth, and numerous witnesses placed the two of them together several times in the year prior to the assassination, as well as with John Surratt and other conspirators. Mudd lied to investigators, repeatedly, about what he knew of Booth, and was caught concealing evidence.

52 posted on 02/19/2007 9:31:29 AM PST by SpringheelJack
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To: Borges

This isn't a new story - I have a 1967 copy here of "The Edge Of The Chair", from Harper & Row 67-22500; anthology of stories one of which containing William Shepherds' "Shattering the myth of John Wilkes Booth's escape" and goes into the story with great detail.

The story apparently surfaced in the November, 1924 issue of[i]Harper's Monthly Magazine[/i] There are not surprisingly at least two possible candidates for the "real" John Wilkes Booth. A man named "St. Helen", and the Enid, Oklahoma legend of David George - which in this article seems to refute. He died penniless in a hotel, although there is a cancelled check with his "D.E. George" signature, which presumably be compared to known examples of Booth.


53 posted on 02/19/2007 9:32:28 AM PST by Freedom4US (u)
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To: Hostage
"Good point and I imagine anyone at that time with the name John W. Booth would have attracted alot of stares. Solution would be to change your name."

Reminds me of Dr. Gonorrhea (or maybe Staph or something) who isolated some strain of bacteria and named it after himself, much to the chagrin of his children.
54 posted on 02/19/2007 9:33:14 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: JLS
Since Booth had financial connections in Canada and had made several trips there, he probably would have made for Canada had he survived being hunted down and shot at Garrett's Farm. He could have then traveled overseas. Since his mother and father were from England, he probably would have gone there seeking asylum.

There were attempts through the courts within the past 6-10 years, to have Booth's body exhumed for testing, to make sure he was actually buried in the family plot at Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore. From what I recall, the Judge would not approve the exhumation due to the fact that Booth's body was actually buried beneath at least two other family members, and he would not allow those bodies to be disturbed in order to get to Booth's. I believe there are laws in Baltimore that prevent exhumation if other burials will be affected.

55 posted on 02/19/2007 9:37:32 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: Leatherneck_MT

The Mutter Museum in Philadelphia has a piece of Booth, rather than him finding a piece of human jerky, perhaps they could simply run a test on the piece there, or maybe exhume the body from the Booth family plot(or sneek in at night and steal a piece hoping it will have valid DNA). Really the evidence is out there to exclude the story we all know, or prove it is already out there and easy to find just accessing it is a different story.


56 posted on 02/19/2007 9:39:06 AM PST by aft_lizard (born conservative...I chose to be a republican)
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To: JLS

Re: your #25. He was an actor with a LARGE ego. He would not have existed without letting people know who he was, under any circumstance.


57 posted on 02/19/2007 9:47:33 AM PST by Safetgiver (Stinko De mayo, Stinko to the Commies.)
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To: SpringheelJack

Dr. Mudd was imprisoned at Ft. Jefferson on Dry Tortugas.

Don't recall whether he died there or not. I'm thinking that he was released prior to his death.

I do recall Roger Mudd, newscaster, announcing that Dr. Mudd was pardoned, exonerated, something like.


58 posted on 02/19/2007 9:50:21 AM PST by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: SpringheelJack

The atmosphere surrounding the assasination was such that a rush to judgement occurred. 17 or 18 indiviuals were hung as consiprators but Mudd received a life sentence. In 1869 Andrew Johnson pardoned Mudd. What do you know that Johnson didn't?


59 posted on 02/19/2007 9:53:47 AM PST by Young Werther
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To: CholeraJoe
I haven't heard of Booth's spleen being on display, but have heard of and seen photos of his neck vertebrae (section where he was shot), that is supposed to be held (but not on display) by the same museum.

Back in 1993, an anthropologist discovered Lewis Powell's skull in a drawer and it was returned to a family member for burial in Geneva, Florida.

A fellow researcher friend of mine, Mike Kauffman has been researching the Lincoln Assassination for over 30 years. In 2004 he published "American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies." I highly recommend it for those interested in the topic.

60 posted on 02/19/2007 10:05:13 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
"I want a grant!"

There's one (actually two) buried in Grant's Tomb in NY City.

61 posted on 02/19/2007 10:07:06 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: Vinnie
I saw the broadcast when Roger Mudd announced that Dr Mudd had been exonerated. He made a comment to the effect that Dr. Mudd's great-grandson [or whatever it was] Roger Mudd was pleased with the news, while his own photograph appeared above him on the screen as it would for anyone else being mentioned in a news item.

If I remember correctly, Mudd was pardoned because of his medical attention to patients during an epidemic.

62 posted on 02/19/2007 10:08:38 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Borges

As a bit of trivia on the subject of Booth, Wikipedia says that Cherie Blair is a four times removed cousin of JWB. I wonder if that's true or just the overactive imagination of someone who knows that her maiden name was Booth.


63 posted on 02/19/2007 10:09:19 AM PST by Mila (i)
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To: Borges

This is an insult to alcoholic housepainters everywhere.


64 posted on 02/19/2007 10:09:56 AM PST by fat city (What part of cognitive dissonance don't you understand?)
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To: Vinnie

"Dr. Mudd was imprisoned at Ft. Jefferson on Dry Tortugas."

While in that subtropical prison, Mudd used his medical skills to help treat prisoners during an outbreak of some tropical disease (malaria, yellow fever, or some such). His conduct was so heroic that he was pardoned.


65 posted on 02/19/2007 10:12:16 AM PST by hellbender
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To: bmwcyle

This story has reared its' head before, but it doesn't seem to want to go away...


66 posted on 02/19/2007 10:14:22 AM PST by Apple Blossom (...around here, city hall is something of a between meals snack.)
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To: Borges

"In 1903, a dying, alcoholic house painter named David E. George told a minister in Enid, Okla., that he was John Wilkes Booth, Mr. Hawkes said."

Being alcoholic is bad enough for the brain, but exposure to turpentine fumes and lead in paint pigment didn't help him either. Solvents and heavy metals are thought to explain the nuttiness of some artists.

As for the mummy, maybe it will appear on eBay soon.


67 posted on 02/19/2007 10:15:42 AM PST by hellbender
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To: Borges

Bush's great great grandfather planned Wilkes Booth's escape. ;)


68 posted on 02/19/2007 10:16:39 AM PST by popdonnelly ([Democrats] are jubilant at our disasters and are cast down when the rebels are defeated -Sept. 1862)
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To: Young Werther
The atmosphere surrounding the assasination was such that a rush to judgement occurred. 17 or 18 indiviuals were hung as consiprators but Mudd received a life sentence. In 1869 Andrew Johnson pardoned Mudd. What do you know that Johnson didn't?

Four people were executed, not "17 or 18," and Johnson pardoned Mudd in a group with every other still-living conspirator, mostly because Andrew Johnson was a pretty lousy president, the Jimmy Carter of his time, not because Mudd was any less guilty than Marc Rich. The evidence in front of the tribunal was damning, and a brief run-down is here: Samuel Mudd

69 posted on 02/19/2007 10:17:05 AM PST by SpringheelJack
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To: Young Werther
"Dr Mudd was convicted and sentenced to live as a conspirator to the crime but his only "sin" was providing a doctor's care to a person who he didn't even know let alone conspire with."

Doctor Mudd wasn't as innocent as you'd like go think. You might want to read Michael Kauffman's "American Brutus," and get the total details of Mudd's contacts with Booth. It's an in-depth study of the evidence collected at the time of the assassination. Mudd had met Booth on several occasions, and Booth had even spent the night at Mudd's home in the months prior to the assassination. It was Mudd who introduced Booth to John Surratt, and Mudd also managed to introduce Booth to various people connected to the Confederate cause. These same people, Booth would later tap for help in his attempt to escape south. If Mudd knew Surratt, then he was knee-deep in pro-Confederate activities, and may have even known about the plot to kidnap Lincoln.

70 posted on 02/19/2007 10:25:17 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: Borges

People with too much time on their hands.


71 posted on 02/19/2007 10:27:28 AM PST by Wuli
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To: SpringheelJack

No one famous ever dies, they just quietly retire into obscurity, usually as a convenient store employee or UPS driver.


72 posted on 02/19/2007 10:27:29 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Every time a jihadist dies, an angel gets its wings.)
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To: Safetgiver; mass55th
Let's see:

1. I agree mass55th, Booth would have likely gone to London and performed on the stage for the rest of his life. Whether or not under his own name or thinly veiled would have depended on the attitude of the authorities at the time. Also thanks for the information on his burial place and why so far he has not been exhumed for DNA testing.

2. Safetgiver, your point about the makeup of an actor is well taken too.:

3. Still like the James case, this is interesting. And it is interesting to see history born out by DNA testing.
73 posted on 02/19/2007 10:42:28 AM PST by JLS
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To: reagan_fanatic
or a Mummy in carnival sideshows!

Mummy's Myth

74 posted on 02/19/2007 10:45:14 AM PST by Young Werther
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To: Fstrt5

........and gave rise to the ever popular phase "Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?"


75 posted on 02/19/2007 10:46:17 AM PST by newcthem (George Bush's legacy.....a war with an enemy that can't be named and the "Religion of Peace")
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To: Borges

Interesting read on JOHN WILKES BOOTH'S AUTOPSY.

http://home.att.net/~rjnorton/Lincoln83.html


76 posted on 02/19/2007 10:53:00 AM PST by BulletBobCo
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To: hellbender
As for the mummy, maybe it will appear on eBay soon.

It did, much to my wife's eternal sorrow. ;-)

77 posted on 02/19/2007 10:54:50 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Afghan protest - "Death to Dog Washers!")
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To: Borges
Yes, he is living under the alias of John Murtha.
78 posted on 02/19/2007 10:57:44 AM PST by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: jwparkerjr

It was Life Magazine sometime in 1964 I believe. I found the issue once but for some reason didn't buy it.


79 posted on 02/19/2007 10:58:18 AM PST by Smittie
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To: Borges
Did John Wilkes Booth Survive?

Nah, I'm pretty sure he's dead by now.
80 posted on 02/19/2007 11:01:10 AM PST by redheadtoo
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To: jwparkerjr
Slightly off the subject, but connected, was an article I read as a teen while waiting to get my haircut. It was by a man whose dad had been one of several who were present when Lincoln's grave and casket were opened to disprove persistent rumors that his body had been stolen and was not the the grave at all. I forget a lot of the details, it's been 50 years or so, but I recall he told how his dad had let him tag along since it would be an historic moment whether the body was in there or not. He said the man in the casket apparently was indeed Mr. Lincoln, and that his skin was covered with a greenish mold.

I heard the same story. It was told to the class by our teacher in 6th or 7th grade (almost 40 years ago!). IIRC, there was an attempt to steal Lincoln's body. Before reburying the casket (under a slab of concrete), the casket was opened. This occurred around 1901, or thereabouts, and supposedly, photos were taken.

81 posted on 02/19/2007 11:11:06 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Liberalism is the most extreme form of dementia.)
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To: Smittie
I did a Yahoo search and found more details about the kid, who was 13 at the time, and what he remembered. He says he wasn't scared at the time but he slept with Mr. Lincoln for six months after the experience. Funny how things like that can affect a kid for so long afterwards. I can't imagine the problems some of the stuff I see on TV and in the movies is going to cause for the kids who are watching it.

Thanks for the info! I remember being fascinated by that article!
82 posted on 02/19/2007 11:12:49 AM PST by jwparkerjr
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To: MeanWestTexan
Like the guy named Crapper who invented the toilet? I remember an article in Reader's Digest when I was a kid that talked about some of the names people give their children! A Boy Named Sue?
83 posted on 02/19/2007 11:15:17 AM PST by jwparkerjr
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To: jwparkerjr

There was actually an attempt to kidnap Lincoln's body in 1876 and hold it for ransom. Fortunately the Secret Service got wind of the plot and were able to foil it. The plotters were arrested a couple of weeks later. I've got a bunch of articles I've collected over the years on the assassination itself and the conspiracies surrounding it. I just pulled out my folder and found the article I was thinking of. It's entitled: The Plot to Steal Lincoln's Body by Deane and Peggy Robertson. I'm sorry to say that I don't have the name of the magazine it appeared in, but it shouldn't be hard to find through a database. According to an insert at the end of the article, Lincoln's body was moved 17 times from its first burial in the vault at Oak Ridge Cemetery until it was finally put to rest in its present resting place in 1901. Most of the moves were done because of construction, and then repair to the tomb, but it was also moved by local citizens a couple of times after the kidnap plot was uncovered and the plotters caught. Lincoln's coffin was opened and the body identified one last time before it was laid to rest on September 26, 1901.


84 posted on 02/19/2007 11:23:37 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: mass55th

A million thanks for the information.


85 posted on 02/19/2007 11:25:48 AM PST by jwparkerjr
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To: Mila
"I wonder if that's true or just the overactive imagination of someone who knows that her maiden name was Booth."

Booth's mother's name was Mary Ann Holmes. She was born in England and ran away with a then-very married Junius Brutus Booth. My great-grandfather's surname was Holmes. He was born in Canada and is buried there. I've often wondered if there was any connection between the Holmes on my mother's side of the family and Booth's mother's family. So far I haven't found anything, but that doesn't mean they weren't related.

There is a family line that claims they are descended from an illegitimate child fathered by J.W. Booth. At the moment though, I can't remember the name of the woman he was supposed to have impregnated. I met one of them years ago at an assassination symposium in Maryland.

86 posted on 02/19/2007 11:30:53 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: jwparkerjr
"A million thanks for the information."

No problem. I've always been interested in the Civil War era, Lincoln and the assassination. It wasn't until years later that I was able to travel and meet others who shared the same interests. I'd done extensive research on various aspects of the war, and during my research was able to collect a large amount of first-hand accounts on the assassination that appeared in old newspapers, etc. I've shared these accounts with other researchers, who in turn, have managed to publish articles and books on the topic. The nice thing about sharing this stuff is that I've collected a number of acknowledgements in these publications, plus a free copy of the article or book I've contributed to. It's been very rewarding in many aspects.

87 posted on 02/19/2007 11:39:35 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: mass55th

His spleen was notable for the granulomas caused by malaria.


88 posted on 02/19/2007 11:55:36 AM PST by CholeraJoe ("The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord shall be born as the seventh month dies.")
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To: CholeraJoe

Thanks for the info.


89 posted on 02/19/2007 12:01:38 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: mass55th
J.W. Booth's childhood home is approx 3 miles from my house in Bel Air, Maryland. They have a massive amount of history on his childhood and workings as an actor. The Harford County Government has just bought this property to preserve its history.

I just read last week in our local paper (Harford County,MD) that the historical society here has uncovered court documents of a time he was arrested for assault in the 1850's.
90 posted on 02/19/2007 12:02:42 PM PST by theelephantway
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To: mass55th
Lincoln's coffin was opened and the body identified one last time before it was laid to rest on September 26, 1901.

And when it was laid to rest in 1901 it was under tons of reinforced concrete to make sure no future grave robberies were attempted.

91 posted on 02/19/2007 12:13:46 PM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: theelephantway

I'm very familiar with Tudor Hall in Bel Air and stayed there several times when it was owned by Dorothy and Howard Fox. It was through my membership in P.A.T.H. (Preservation Association for Tudor Hall) that I met Mike Kauffman and others experts on the Booths and the assassination. Every two years they would hold a symposium which would include guest speakers, as well as visits to the various sites associated with the Booths. I'm sitting here looking at a framed poster I was given by the Foxes depicting JWB, Junius, Edwin, Tudor Hall, etc. It was specifically designed and made for P.A.T.H. Howard and Dot died within a few months of each other and never left a will as to what they wanted to do with the home. It was later sold at auction and bought by a couple who obviously didn't keep it very long. I've been a member of the Surratt Society for years and get their monthly newsletter, and heard about the sale of the home to the historical society. I also subscribe to a publication (from Clinton, Md.) of The Lincoln Assassination Journal. I'm sure you are aware that there is another home not far from Tudor Hall that has part of the original Booth log cabin in its framework. I can't remember exactly where it is, but I recall visiting it during one of the symposium weekends and taking photos of it.


92 posted on 02/19/2007 12:16:09 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: Non-Sequitur
"And when it was laid to rest in 1901 it was under tons of reinforced concrete to make sure no future grave robberies were attempted."

Yes, from what I've read, it was Robert Todd Lincoln who requested that. He's buried in Arlington National Cemetery, and until recently, I didn't realize his only son, Lincoln's only grandson, is buried there with him. He died quite young and with him died the Lincoln name from that line.

93 posted on 02/19/2007 12:18:43 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: Borges; Millee; carlr; PaulaB; Maximus of Texas; EX52D
Booth is still alive and goes by the name Nancy...

Still kicking & working... on getting my 2nd President!
94 posted on 02/19/2007 12:24:34 PM PST by Bender2 (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: Borges
My 5 year old grandson told me the other day that
Lincoln went to the "movies" and got shot.
Close enough for me.
He also told me while we were tussling
that he was going to "beat my crap out"
Close enough for a GF again.
95 posted on 02/19/2007 12:31:39 PM PST by WKB (Last wk I voted for Duncan, this Newt, next week Mitt, no rudi yet)
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To: stand watie

Hey stand! Got any good Lincoln Assasination stuff for us?


96 posted on 02/19/2007 12:33:54 PM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: CholeraJoe
It's funny that Mary Magdalene's name is brought up in context with Booth, because there was a woman named Louise Wooster, who wrote a book called "The Autobiography of a Magdalen." She ran several brothels in Birmingham, Alabama, is known more so for her humanitarian work, and claimed to have had a liaison with John Wilkes Booth. She supposedly kept a scrapbook on Booth too. I first learned of her in 1993. "A Woman of the Town" (Louise Wooster, Birmingham's Magdalen) by James L. Baggett was published in 2005. According to Amazon it is currently unavailable through them, but I'm sure it could be found through another bookseller.
97 posted on 02/19/2007 12:33:54 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: mass55th

Interesting info. Thanks.


98 posted on 02/19/2007 12:37:42 PM PST by CholeraJoe ("The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord shall be born as the seventh month dies.")
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To: jwparkerjr

The event you are thinking is detailed at this link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Lincoln's_burial_and_exhumation

I remember hearing the story as a kid when I went to Lincoln's Tomb on a school field trip.


99 posted on 02/19/2007 12:38:33 PM PST by Busywhiskers (Strength and honor.)
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To: Borges
He survived, and had children. How do I know?

A few of his descendents post in FR. ;-`

100 posted on 02/19/2007 12:39:20 PM PST by unspun (What do you think? Please think, before you answer.)
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