Escape and Suicide of John Wilkes Booth

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In his 1907 book, lawyer Finis L. Bates reveals that his client John St. Helen disclosed to Bates his true identity - claiming to be Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth. History tells us that 26-year-old Booth was killed by Federal authorities at the Garrett Farm in Virginia shortly after the 1865 crime. Based on conversations with St. Helen and evidence he himself gathered, Bates contends that Booth escaped, took on new identities, and died by his own hand (under the alias David E. George) in 1903 at ...

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Overview

In his 1907 book, lawyer Finis L. Bates reveals that his client John St. Helen disclosed to Bates his true identity - claiming to be Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth. History tells us that 26-year-old Booth was killed by Federal authorities at the Garrett Farm in Virginia shortly after the 1865 crime. Based on conversations with St. Helen and evidence he himself gathered, Bates contends that Booth escaped, took on new identities, and died by his own hand (under the alias David E. George) in 1903 at the age of 64. This is a fascinating read filled with compelling details.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429011013
  • Publisher: Applewood Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: Civil War Series
  • Pages: 351
  • Sales rank: 849,634
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Texas lawyer Finis L. Bates was hired by one John St. Helen in the 1870s to handle his legal matters. Eventually, Bates asserts, his client revealed his true identity as Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth. Bates believed that Booth was not killed by Federal authorities shortly after Lincoln's murder, but instead escaped, lived under assumed identities for another 38 years, and committed suicide in an Oklahoma hotel while living under the name David E. George in 1903. The remains of David George were mummified and displayed by the Oklahoma undertaker for a period of time. Finis Bates ended up purchasing the mummy and showed it on the circus side show circuit.

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