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On July 7, 1865, Mary Surratt was hanged. Did America condemn an innocent woman to death?
Posted August 11, 2000
This well researched recently written book fills the gap of information previously provided regarding Mary Surratt's innocence. The first chapters could be passed. The final chapters relating to the widow's relationship to Booth and the other conspirators is filled with documented detail, inexcapable logic, and legal malpractice. It also reveals the weakness, incompetence and blind revenge of those responsible and affected by Lincoln's death. The author has made a legal and personal case for exculpation for Mary Surratt, her son John, who eventually was acquited in a trial two years later, and Dr. Mudd who was eventually paroled. An example of her meticulous research, the author indicts the over zealous politicians who placed the Military in charge of the prosecution of a civilian. The author also discovered that two US Senators who were responsible for witholding pleas for mercy from President Johnson, committed suicide within two years of Surratt's hanging. If your dislike capital punishment, this is a must read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 28, 2010
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