"Is Lincoln's assassin in an unmarked grave at Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore, as history records? Or did he elude justice, as descendants have
been told for generations, to live 38 more years?"
So I’ve been at ATS member for a while, but I’ve only started one thread since I have joined, so please give me a break. What better way to spend
Christmas Eve at work than by hopping on ATS to kill the time.
So anyways, I saw this article the other day while at work, read it and thought it was very interesting. The theory among Booth descendants is that
John Wilkes Booth was not the man shot in the barn on Garrett's farm that April night in 1865. In the article, according to Nate Orlowek, a Maryland
educator and historian, a man named James or John William Boyd, was the man shot and killed on Garrett's farm.
Orlowek concludes, "Booth escaped 145 years ago to live in Granbury, Texas, as John St. Helen, then changed his name to David E. George and moved to
what is now Enid, Okla. He worked there as an itinerant painter before poisoning himself.
So I got home work last night and watched the episode of "Decoded," on the history channel about the possible escape of John Wilkes Booth, which
presents a few possible theories for John Wilkes Booth successfully escaping. The episode was OK, nothing special, but they didn’t really support
some of the claims they made. Anyone else watch it? What did you think?
Back to the article... the Booth descendants want Edwin Booth’s body exhumed for DNA testing against alleged remaining samples of the cervical bones
of the man shot in Garrett’s barn to prove that man was or was not John Wilkes Booth. Efforts in 1995 to open the coffin and exhume John Wilkes
Booth’s body were stopped when a judge in Baltimore ruled that the exact location of the grave could not be conclusively determined.
It remains to be seen whether or not the descendants are allowed to perform the DNA tests, but I see no reason not to allow it. If it’s tested and
the samples match, then the story is over, and it was John Wilkes Booth that was shot at Garrett’s farm, end-of-story. And if the samples don’t
match, well, that’s when this will get verrryyy interesting.
Could John Wilkes Booth have escaped and lived for another 38 years? Sure, but IMO, he definitely would not have been able to do it without some
serious help from people in high places. Starts to make me wonder about the missing pages from Booth’s diary and what information could have been on
them. On a side note, could this have attributed to Boston Corbett’s mental instability later in his life?
Hope Everyone has a safe and Happy Holiday!
12/24/2010 by FtheNWO because: add source