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Famous Manhunts- John Wilkes Booth

By Edited Nov 17, 2015 0 0

Their have been many famous manhunts that have gone on in history. Some criminals were only hunted for a few hours or less until they were captured by the authorities. Other criminals were hunted for many years until they were captured. Some of these manhunts ended in a prison sentence while others ended up in a gun fight with the hunted fugitive ending up dead.

John Wilkes Booth

John Wilkes Booth was destined to remain an unremembered person in the annals of history books until he single handedly altered the history of the United States of America.

John Wilkes Booth was a stage actor. John Wilkes Booth could have spent the rest of his years in relative comfort, but he had strong political views that were anti Abraham Lincoln. John Wilkes Booth was very upset that the South has lost the civil war. John Wilkes Booth was very much against the ending of slavery. John Wilkes Booth was even more upset that the President, Abraham Lincoln, would extend voting rights to people with black skin. John Wilkes Booth was so upset about this that he chose to kill the president of the United States.

In 1863 John Wilkes Booth said he "Wished the President and the whole damned government would go to hell". John Wilkes Booth was arrested for making the statement. Unfortunately John Wilkes Booth's hatred of the United States Government ran much deeper then simply making angry thoughts oral.

John Wilkes Booth had a few ideas. One of his well planned ideas was to kidnap Abraham Lincoln. In theory his plan could have worked. It's not like the President had a secret service staff guarding him 24/7 like all Presidents have now.

On April 14th, 1865, President Lincoln went to the Ford Theatre to watch a play called "Our American Cousin". During the play John Wilkes Booth rushed to where President Abraham Lincoln was watching the play and shot him.

John Wilkes Booth was able to escape from the Theatre. The following morning President Lincoln succumbed to his gunshot wound to the head and died. The murder of the President, John Wilkes Booth, was still on the loose.

After John Wilkes Booth rushed out of the Fords Theatre he traveled rapidly by Horse towards Maryland. John Wilkes Booth remained on the lam until April 26th when he was tracked to a farm by Union Soldiers. A gunfight ensued and John Wilkes Booth was shot. A couple of hours after being shot John Wilkes Booth died.

The assassination of President Lincoln occurred only 6 days after the South began to surrender. John Wilkes Booths assassination of President Lincoln was seen as a desperate attempt to motivate the few confederate soldiers who had not yet surrendered.

The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth was an event that drastically changed the future of the United States.

Today we have many radical right wing people who make oral threats out loud towards President Barack Obama as well as every body else serving in politics in Washington DC. While we have "free speech" in our great Country, there are some things that can not be said. If a person is threatening the Presidents life at A Coffeshop in Idaho, they probably are just angry and do not actually plan on carrying out any attempt at killing the President. We should however keep a close eye on the person spouting threats against the President, no matter how minor, as history has showed that many assassination attempts were foreshadowed by something the assassin had spoken in anger before.


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