Mainstream history suggests that the infamous Presidential assassin, John Wilkes Booth, was hunted down by Union soldiers and ‘terminated’ on the spot for his crimes, but where was John Wilkes Booth killed?
More importantly, WAS has really killed by Union soldiers, or did he manage to escape this manhunt and eventually commit suicide almost 40 years later?
Let’s take a closer look…
Okay, so most of us know that Booth was apparently tracked down to a rural tobacco barn situated on Garrets Farm about a fortnight after he planted a bullet in Lincoln. Union soldiers spotted 21 year old David Herold leaving the barn – a man that was known to be one of the conspirators behind the Lincoln assassination.
The group of soldiers were positive that the man left inside the barn was Booth, and eventually set the building on fire to try and smoke him out. The man refused to exit the barn, so an impatient Boston Corbett shot him from the outside.
Was the man shot inside the burning barn Booth?
Not everyone agrees with this theory…
A historian named Nate Orlowek is convinced that Booth wasn’t in the barn that day, or anywhere near it when the shooting took place.
Reports also show that some of the United States military were doubtful about the official events recorded after that day. The General Council to the Department of the Army, John Schmuker, actually went on record saying that the official events would never stand up in court – something was wrong with the whole incident.
Then there’s the small matter of 21 year old David Herold, who told the soldiers outside the barn that Booth was not the man inside.
There were also whispers that Doctor John May, who examined the body, and knew Booth well, told a number of soldiers present that the dead man was NOT the president’s assassin. This man apparently had red hair…whilst Booth was well known for having dark black hair.
So, Where Was John Wilkes Booth Killed?
In 1877, a man named John St. Helen fell seriously ill and convinced himself that he was about to die – he invited his attorney and friend Finis Bates to his bedside and admitted he had been living a lie. Apparently his name was really John Wilkes Booth.
Bates thought at first this was nothing more than near-death ramblings, but when St. Helen detailed in his confession his escape from Washington, Bates suddenly began to believe his friend.
Eventually St. Helen managed to recover from his illness, and then disappeared from the town he lived in.
Then, in 1903, a man named David George committed suicide by drinking a self-poisoned glass of wine. Bates found out about this incident and immediately recognised the dead man as John St. Helen, and managed to seize the corpse.
Bates then spent many days taking photos of the corpse, and he was amazed at the strong resemblance between the man he knew as John St. Helen and John Wilkes Booth. He decided to have the body mummified for future studies.
Thirty years later the body went through a full examination, and a trio of injuries that Booth was known to have had were recorded in the findings.
Was this the body of John Wilkes Booth?
Had he really managed to evade capture and live a lie for years after the assassination?
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