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Eye Witness To Lincoln’s Assassination Tells Of Booth’s Escape (Voice Recording)….

Joseph H. Hazleton was an errand boy at Ford’s Theater who knew John Wilkes Booth. He witnessed the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. He also had some controversial opinions about the fate of Booth. He make some factual errors in his report. the story of Booths escape naturally are third hand but all that being said, the value of this video is hearing the voice of an eye witness to the assassination.

New collection of photos also….


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Kenny and Ed will be discussing the various types of metal detectors, how to use them, what you can find and much more. Callers can ask questions and get answers from two of the foremost people in the detecting hobby…over 60 years of combined experience will be at your finger tips to help you with the greatest hobby in the world.

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Lincoln, J.W.Booth, The Freemasons and the KGC….little known history

By John Daniel

There are two reasons why the British Masonic conspiracy plunged America into civil war. First, British bankers wanted to establish a permanent central bank under their total control. Second, British Freemasonry wanted to divide powerful America into two weak nations for easy conquest. Information on the latter half of the plan was first published in “The Present Attempt to Dissolve the American Union: A British Aristocratic Plot” (1862), by Samuel Morse (1791-1872), an American artist and inventor, who was also an American counter-intelligence specialist.

Against this British intrusion into American politics, finance, and industry, General Albert Pike initiated the southern rebellion. In 1859 the Southern Jurisdiction of Freemasonry founded the Knights of the Golden Circle as a front to direct the insurrection.

Had it not been for Abraham Lincoln, English Freemasonry would have succeeded. When Lincoln restored the Union, the British Brotherhood, out of revenge, plotted his assassination. The Knights of the Golden Circle, bankrolled by British Masonic interests, selected John Wilkes Booth, a 33rd degree Mason and member of Mazzini´s Young America, for the task.

Freemason Edwin Stanton was assigned to cover up Masonic involvement in the crime. Immediately after Lincoln´s assassination, Stanton ordered military blockades on all roads out of Washington, D.C., except one — the road Booth was known to have taken for his escape route. Stanton then arranged for a drunk man to be found, similar in build and appearance to Booth. This man was to be murdered and his body burned in a barn adjacent to the only road not guarded by the military. Stanton just happened to be on that road when he “found” the murdered man, certifying that the charred body was the remains of John Wilkes Booth. The real John Wilkes Booth escaped.

After these events, the Knights were soon exposed to the Military Commission that heard evidence on the Lincoln assassination as the secret force behind both the Civil War and the assassination. Original documents relating to the president´s assassination are still locked up in the archives of the Defense Department and are not available to researchers today.

Directly involved in the plot were 33rd degree Freemason and British Prime Minister Henry Palmerston (died in 1865); 33rd degree Freemason John Wilkes Booth; Freemason Judah P. Benjamin, the British Masonic banker´s mouthpiece who gave the order for Lincoln´s assassination; and Jacob Thompson, former Interior Secretary in the Buchanan administration, who withdrew $180.000 from the Bank of Montreal in Canada to set the plot in motion. (Benjamin and Thompson both fled to England to avoid apprehension.) And Freemason Edwin Stanton prepared a cover-up that compares in audacity with the 1963 Warren Commission cover-up of the Kennedy assassination.

The exposure of the Knights was so celebrated following the 1865 conspiracy trials that in the spring of 1867, Albert Pike and a small group of former Confederate generals met in the Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. to change the name of the Knights of the Golden Circle to the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The Knight´s new name was taken from the Greek word “Kuklos,” which means “circle.”

Under its new name, the Klan attempted to rekindle the Civil War by instigating riots throughout the South. The notorious outlaw Jesse James (1847-1882) was a 33rd degree Freemason and a member of the Knights of the Golden Circle, which had been assigned the task by Albert Pike of robbing Northern banks to fund this new war. It has been estimated that Jesse and the other members of the Knights had buried over $7 billion in gold all over the western states.

also excerpted from “Freemasons Roots & Links to the Occult” By Teresa Morris is the following reference to the above article.

“When the Confederacy surrendered to the Union forces, Albert Pike was determined to start another Civil War so that South could win. He founded the Ku Klux Klan, which instigated riots throughout the South in an attempt to disrupt reconstruction and incite a second Civil War. Pike gave Klansman Jesse James the assignment of robbing Northern banks in order to get money to fund this war. It is estimated that Jesse James and other Klansmen buried seven billion dollars in gold all over the western states. (“Scarlet and the Beast,” Vol. 3, pages 76-77)

“Pike the old Confederate general, was a wily strategist who knew that if he could leave behind a secret terrorist society in the south to fight against freedom for black people as a rear guard action, the south’s defeat might not be in vain.” (“Masonry,” page 192)

Two books from the turn of the twentieth century document Pike’s direct involvement in founding the Klan: “Ku Klux Klan: Its’ Origin, Growth and Disbandment” (1905) by J. C. Lester and D. L. Wilson; and “Authentic History: Ku Klux Klan 1865-1877″ (1924) by Susan Lawrence Davis.” (“Scarlet and the Beast,” Vol. 3, page 76)”

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Lincoln Assassination…Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, Boston Corbett and the Enid Connection….

The historical account of the actual assassination of our sixteenth President of the United States is without factual dispute. What has been open for debate is the number of men (and women) involved in the conspiracy to either kill or kidnap President Lincoln. The Lincoln Conspiracy, a 1977 book by David W. Balsiger and Charles E. Sellier, Jr., seeks to prove that in 1865 Edwin M. Stanton, Lincoln’s Secretary of War, and other Radical Republican allies, sought to kidnap Lincoln. They intended to hide Lincoln for a time while bogus articles of impeachment were drafted to remove him as President. The primary motivations for this plot were strong opposition to Lincoln’s liberal Reconstruction plans and the loss of profits due to Lincoln’s restrictions on the cotton trade during the U.S. Civil War. When the kidnapping was called off, famous actor John Wilkes Booth, one of the co-conspirators in the plot, took matters in his own hands and assassinated the President. After Booth’s diary was found by the Union soldiers who shot him, the pages that would have implicated Stanton and others were removed by Stanton’s War Department detective who was on the scene, accounting for the eighteen missing pages in Booth’s diary. Many Lincoln conspiracy theories abound, as evidenced by the fictional/fantasy 2007 Hollywood movie based on one such conspiracy, entitled National Treasure 2. But most conspiracy theories have little or no credible basis and soon die for lack of scientific, historical, or ultimately public interest.

But one of the most bizarre Lincoln conspiracy theories seems to have very long legs. The New York Times and other international major newspapers continue to follow the story of the Enid Booth Legend.

Booth’s Descendents Believe Booth Died in Enid, Oklahoma

The account of how John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C., and then escaped by making his way to southern Virginia, where he hid with his accomplice David Herold in the Garrett family barn until Union troops discovered them both, is summarized here. It is without dispute that Union soldiers surrounded the Garrett barn and Herold gave himself up. He was later hanged by the United States government for conspiracy to commit murder of the President. It is in dispute, however, by Booth’s descendents, whether or not John Wilkes Booth died at the Garrett barn on April 26, 1865, twelve days after he shot the President. Booth’s family alleges that another man, holding Booth’s belongings, was shot and killed by a Union soldier who had stuck his rifle through the wooden slats of the barn and fired. The Union soldier who fired his weapon, an evangelical Christian by the name of Boston Corbett, violated the direct orders of his superior officer by firing, but later explained his actions, according to modern biographer James Swanson, with these words; “Providence directed me.” Boston Corbett was himself arrested for conspiracy to commit murder of President Lincoln, chiefly for killing the assassin who could have explained why he did what he did and identifying any others involved. But Boston Corbett himself was later exonerated by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton who declared, “The traitor is dead. The patriot lives.”

Booth’s family believes Edwin Stanton and the War Department detective on the scene went to great efforts to cover up the identity of the man who was killed in Garrett’s barn. They say that a simple farm hand, helping both Booth and Herold that night, was the man killed, and Booth was escaped. Their argument is summarized in the legal documents that comprise the 1994 lawsuit Kline vs. Green Mount Cemetery, where the Booth family urges exhumation of the body buried in Green Mount Cemetery to prove that another man, not Booth, was killed by Boston Corbett. In an attempt to prove the necessity to exhume the body, the plaintiffs in the case used the Enid Booth Legend as the basis for their belief that John Wilkes Booth actually committed suicide 38 years later in Enid, Oklahoma, at the age of 65.

Contemporary newspaper accounts for January, 1903, record for us that a man named David E. George killed himself by strychnine poisoning in room number 4 of the old Grand Hotel, which was located on the second floor of what is now Garfield Furniture in downtown Enid. Strychnine poisoning causes a very agonizing death, and when people heard the screaming from room 4, they couldn’t get through the locked door, so they vaulted a young child through the transom above, and the door was unlocked from the inside. The adults sought to assist the dying David E. George only to be shocked at his audible confession that he was, in fact, John Wilkes Booth. George died shortly thereafter, and the furniture store owner across the street, who served as the funeral home director as well (as was common in those days), took possession of the body until next of kin could be located.

The body was carefully prepared by Penniman Furniture Store and Funeral Home, using materials now outlawed, and as a result, the body was mummified within hours. Stories circulated in newspapers across the United States that the real John Wilkes Booth had died in Enid, Oklahoma and was on display in the window of the Penniman Funeral home, awaiting next of kin to claim the body. Within ten days of his death, several prominent Enid businessmen had performed analysis of the handwriting on the George suicide note, comparing it with a note feartured in the Harper Brother’s Pictorial History of the Civil War, that the United States Government says came from the handwriting of John Wilkes Booth. The similarities were uncanny. In addition, physicians examined the body and noticed similarities to wounds known to be consistent with wounds suffered by John Wilkes Booth, including a broken tibia, a facial/neck scar, and a crushed thumb.

An attorney in Memphis named Finis Bates read a newspaper account of George’s death and made his way to Enid to see if David George was the same man he knew as John St. Helen in Granbury, Texas in the 1870’s. It seems that Finis Bates, who by the way is the grandfather of actress Kathy Bates, was friends with John St. Helen, and on one occasion, when John St. Helen was seriously ill (he thought near death), he confided to Finis Bates that he was John Wilkes Booth. Upon recovery, St. Helen denied ever saying he was Booth. Yet, a while later, a United States Federal Marshall showed up in Grandbury, Texas, asking questions about John St. Helen. It seems when people went to look for Mr. St. Helen, he had mysteriously disappeared. Finis Bates never forgot his friend, and wondered if David George could be the same man.

Finis Bates rushed to Enid to check it out. Upon arriving in Enid, Bates headed to the Pennimann Furniture Store and Funeral Home to see the body of David E. George. Yes! This was the man he had known as John St. Helen. Finis Bates, an attorney and skilled at getting things accomplished, obtained the mummy and took it back to Memphis. He spent five years conducting research to prepare a book about this matter, all the while hiding the mummy in his garage during this time. In 1908, Bates released his book entitled The Escape and Suicide of John Wilkes Booth.

Soon the mummy was on display around the United States in special exhibits, including World Fairs, circus shows, and college campus lectures. At one time in the 1940’s Henry Ford expressed interest in purchasing the mummy, but he soon publically revealed his own personal disbelief in the Enid Booth Legend. The mummy was eventually sold by Finis Bates to a travelling circus, but the trail of ownership eventually became lost, as well as the mummy itself, with the last public appearance being in the mid 1970’s. Were the mummy to reappear because someone discovered stored in a warehouse, it would cause quite a stir on several fronts. In addition, the owner would stand to make millions because of the recent Booth lawsuit and publicity in light of modern advances in scientific analysis, including DNA.

Not many people know much about Boston Corbett, including historians. However, he is a man that should be studied.

Particularly since the prestigious Oklahoma Historical Society wrote in its May 22, 2008 Historical Chronicle Magazine that “Boston Corbett is buried in Enid.” This sentence is the last sentence of the article written by highly respected historian Dr. Guy Logsdon. I called Dr. Logsdon at his home in Tulsa and asked him for his source material for his statement. He assured me that he had it but it could possibly take a few weeks for him to find it. I respect Dr. Logsdon and look forward to him providing the source material for his statement, but until he does, I felt it appropriate to place the only source material I have on Boston Corbett’s death on this blog. Dr. Logsdon’s research may well prove mine to be insufficient, and if he is, indeed, correct on his assertion that Boston Corbett is buried in Enid, then other historians looking into the Lincoln assassination may not feel as inclined to call this fact “coincidence.”

Truthfully, when I read the May 22, 2008 Oklahoma Historical Chronicle article that asserted Boston Corbett was buried in Enid, I about fell out of my chair. Bob Barry, whose grandfather, Henry B. “Heiney” Bass, was considered the premier historian on Abraham Lincoln in his day. Heiney was close friends with Carl Sandburg, Harry Truman and other lovers of history, and would make an annual trip to the Truman Library to discuss historical research regarding the Civil War. Heiney, who died in 1975, is in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, and his entire library is in the Western Heritage Museum at Oklahoma University. This library contains the largest collection of Lincoln poetry in the world, including a few either written by Lincoln’s own hand, or signed by Lincoln, that would be worth today millions of dollars.

Heiney’s grandson, Bob, has donated a copy of his grandfather’s personal journals where Heiney writes about Lincoln, Corbett, Booth, David George and the Enid collection. History records for us the bizarre antics of Boston Corbett (self-castration, growing his hair like Jesus, breaking up a mock Kansas Legislative Sesssion, etc.), but Heiney Bass tells us in his journal something that very few people know. He writes on February 15, 1959 that

Boston Corbett appeared in Enid, Oklahoma. Kansas authorities were relieved to be rid of the troublesome hero and made no effort to secure his return. For some time Boston Corbett peddled patent medicine for W.W. Garrit and Company of Topeka. Then his shadowy figure faded away. No authentic report of his ultimate fate has ever been recorded. Whether he died in Enid and found a burial place in a potter’s field or drifted on seems to be veiled in eternal silence.

If Dr. Guy Logsdon has uncovered that Boston Corbett is actually buried in Enid, Oklahoma, then this little hamlet in northwestern Oklahoma may have much more to do with Lincoln’s assassination than heretofore told.

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John Wilkes Booth, John St. Helen, David E. George…The same man?

The top photo is John Wilkes Booth in his 20’s, the second photo is the man who claimed to be Booth, age 63, embalmed and displayed before mummification. The Third photo is the mummified body that was displayed around the country.

On January 13, 1903 a man in Enid, Oklahoma, by the name of David E. George died. in his last dying statement, the man confessed to his landlord, Mrs. Harper, that he was in fact John Wilkes Booth. He told them that if they doubted him, then they should go to the rooming house where he lived and look behind the chair and they would find a loose board in the wall. The gun he used to kill Lincoln would be behind the board along with some papers helping to identify him. Well they found these things. This was soon the topic of discussion around town. The January 22, 1903 Enid Wave bore the following article banked with headlines:

The Impression Growing, From Evidence,
Circumstantial and Otherwise, that
the Supposed Remains of
David E. George are None
Other Than the Remains of
The most remarkable circumstance surrounding the dead man, as links to the fact that his right leg was broken just above the ankle, years ago,… Besides these lines, comes to the fact that J. Wilkes Booth was born in 1839 and was twenty-six years of age when the assassination took place and sixty-three years old in 1902, if living, which is the exact age of George as found in his papers…

One thing is certain, the remains now lying embalmed in the Pennimann Undertaking Rooms should not be buried until the identity is made more clear…”

The remains of David E. George’s body were mummified and kept on display at the undertakers’ for many months. Shortly thereafter, Finis L. Bates, a Memphis Lawyer, bought the mummy and began presenting it on the circus side show circuit.
In 1931, at the urging of a showman that owned the mummy, the remains were X-rayed, operated on, and otherwise examined by a group of medical men and criminalists in Chicago, Illinois. It was claimed that the fractured leg, the broken thumb, and the scar on the neck were all verified. The panel was convinced that they had proven that the mummy was in fact the remains of John Wilkes Booth. Despite the fact that the panel consisted of recognized experts in their field, the investigation failed to gain wide publicity.
1937 saw several events that helped to make the financial turn-a-round for the seemingly ill-fated mummy. This was the year that Otto Eisenschimil released his book “Why Was Lincoln Murdered?” This author produced a vast amount of documentation that suggested that Secretary of War Edwin Stanton was the ringleader of the plot to kill Lincoln and that Stanton arranged to facilitate the escape of Booth. This book, while not exactly expounding on the possibility for Booth’s escape, none-the-less made it seem feasible. Another historical volume published in that year was “This One Mad Act” by Izola Forrester, a great daughter of John Wilkes Booth. This book presented evidence that members of her family were in personal contact with the assassin for a generation after 1865. As a result of these two books, 1937 saw much newspaper coverage of the controversy of the Lincoln assassination in general.
Mr. and Mrs. John Harkin owned the mummy from 1937 until at least 1942. (Mr. Harkin had been the former tattooed man for the Wallace-Hagenbeck Circus.) They toured the country with the Jay Gould Million Dollar Shows for several seasons.
In 1903 when Finis L. Bates read the news concerning the death of David E. George in Enid, Oklahoma, he rushed to Enid to check it out. Bates, in the early 1870’s, in Texas, had been a close friend with a man going by the name John St. Helen. When St. Helen became very ill he confided to Bates (he thought he was on his death-bed) that HE was John Wilkes Booth. St. Helen recovered. Later, when Bates asked St. Helen about the confession, St. Helen denied he ever said it. When Bates read the news of David E. George, nearly 30 years later, claiming to have been John Wilkes Booth, Bates became curious. he wondered if John St. Helen and David E. George were one in the same person.

Upon arriving in Enid, Bates headed to the Pennimann Undertakers Rooms to see the body of David E. George. Yes! This was the man he had known as John St. Helen. Bates secretly bought the mummy and took it back to Memphis. He spent five years conducting what he called research to prepare a book about this matter. (He hid the mummy in his garage during this time!) In 1908, Bates released his book. According to his book, the main plot goes something like this:

On the afternoon of April 25, 1865, Booth remembered that he had left his diary, wallet and other personal effects in the marsh a few miles from the Garrett farm. He asked a man by the name of Ruddy, who was caretaker at the Garrett farm, to retrieve them for him. Ruddy left to get them. Meanwhile, Booth got wind that government agents were closing in on him so he took off on his own leaving Herold behind. When Ruddy returned with Booth’s personal items he found that Booth was gone. Expecting him to return, Ruddy kept the personal items on his own person. Herold and Ruddy slept in the barn that night. When the government agents arrived this is why the man in the barn denied he was Booth. This is also why Booth’s personal belongings were found on the body of the man shot in the barn. Lastly, Bates made the claim that no reward money was ever actually paid to anyone for the capture of Booth but yet rewards were paid for the capture of Atzerodt and Payne. Therefore, this proved that the government knew they had the wrong man and that Booth was never caught.

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WITNESS TO LINCOLN SHOOTING: GOTTA-SEE VIDEO…the year was 1956, the man was 96 years old.

Television was very different in the 1950s, more conversational and less overly produced, but with simple formats they could accommodate people like in this video. The game show, “I’ve Got a Secret” aired on CBS from 1952 until the mid-70s. The true definition of the secrets was rather broad, but they were meant to be unusual, humorous or astounding.

When Samuel J. Seymore was a guest on “I’ve Got a Secret” in February of 1956, he was 96 years old, but his secret takes the audience back to his childhood. When Seymore was five years old, he was sitting at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. enjoying a comedic play, and a man fell out of the balcony. That man was John Wilkes Booth, and he’d just shot President Lincoln.
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The John Wilkes Booth and Jesse James connection…Both deaths Faked

The outlaw Jesse James was not killed by Bob Ford in 1882. Jesse faked his death
as an expedient way to throw off Pinkerton agents, assorted railroad barons, gun
fighters and the bounty hunters scouring the country for him.
He and Ford would become partners in many business ventures spanning decades.
James operated under more than 50 aliases in his long life before dying at the
advanced age of 107 under the alias J. Frank Dalton in 1951 in Lawton, Oklahoma.
Jesse was a 33rd degree Freemason and a high-ranking Knight of the Golden
The KGC evolved from a Scottish secret group known as The Society of the
Horseman’s Word, otherwise known as the Horse Whisperers. This fraternity
recited passages from the Bible backwards and practiced folk magic as part of
their rituals, in addition to having Masonic-style oaths.
Headquarters for the Knights of the Golden Circle was 814 Fatherland Dr. in
Nashville. This was the home of KGC operative Frank James, elder brother of
Jesse James. Years later it became the Dixie Tabernacle, original home of the
Grand Ole Opry.
The KGC claimed 200,000 members all over America during the war. All of the men
in Lincoln’s cabinet were Knights, save for Lincoln. The KGC was heavily
financed by the London and Paris Rothschild brothers. Their goal was to foment
as much chaos and discord as possible in order to keep the country divided and
to usher in a Rothschild-owned central bank.
But Lincoln had his own plans. During his presidency, his 50% tariff
jump-started the American steel industry, while his railroads, subsidies for
mining, free land for farmers and free state colleges transformed a bankrupt
cotton-exporting country into the world’s greatest industrial power within 25
Lincoln knew that he was waging a separate but equally brutal war against
Rothschild-dominated Wall St. firms with his attempt to reassert government
control of its credit. He put through anti-usury and other strict banking laws,
sold bonds directly to the people and issued hundreds of millions of national
With these reforms “The Great Emancipator” had signed his own death warrant.
Lincoln knew that his time was short. He confided to his bodyguard Ward Lamont a
week before he was killed that he had a vision of his own death.
But there were powerful people that believed in him.
During the Civil War Lincoln negotiated a pact with Czar Alexander of Russia
whereby the Russian Navy was sent into the ports of San Francisco and New York
to help block the Rothschild ships that were running armaments to the South.
After the appearance of the Russian ships in American waters, the Rothschilds
canceled contracts to build more blockade running boats. The Czar won the day
for the North as Russia promised to go to war with any nation that attacked
In 1867 when the war ended and Lincoln was dead, President Andrew Johnson
received a bill in the amount of $7.2 million for the rental of the Russian
fleet. The Constitution forbids giving tax dollars to any foreign nation for any
reason whatever except for the purchase of land. Johnson directed Secretary of
State William Seward to purchase Alaska from the Russians for $7.2 million.
These details of ‘Seward’s Folly’ have been excised from the historical record.
This is because Imperial Russia was the only European country without a central
bank. They were the greatest foes of the Rothschild Syndicate.
Also, since the time of the Empress Elizabeth, Russian Jews had been confined to
an area known as the Pale of Settlement. Jews could not live beyond the Pale.
Long ago attempts were made to remove all Jews from Russia entirely unless they
converted to the Orthodox Church. The Pale of Settlement was the next best
The Rothshchilds underwrote the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. The murder of Czar
Nicholas and his family was their revenge for the treatment of their
co-“religionists” in times past and for daring to stand against the inauguration
of a Rothschild dominated central bank.
And the Rothschilds also underwrote the financing of the Knights of the Golden
Their gold and dollars were laundered through a Montreal bank by Confederate
Secretary of State, Judah Benjamin, ‘the brains of the revolt.’ Benjamin was
running so many Confederate spies out of Montreal that it was known as ‘the
second Richmond.’
Benjamin was very wealthy and owned a sugar plantation manned by 140 slaves.
After the war, he fled Richmond and eventually wound up in London where he made
a very comfortable living as a Queen’s Counsel. It is difficult to get data on
Benjamin as he burned his personal notes so frequently that one historian
referred to him as a ‘virtual incendiary.’
After the Lincoln assassination police found decoding sheets in Booth’s
Washington hotel room. A matching coding device was found in Benjamin’s Richmond
Returning to John St. Helen/David George/John Wilkes Booth
Jesse James was the treasurer and comptroller in sole possession of all gold
& silver bullion and money of the Knights of the Golden Circle. In this
capacity he paid Booth an annual pension of $3600 with the proviso that Booth
honor his KGC oath of secrecy and never talk about their activities or the
Lincoln assassination. He and other Knights repeatedly warned Booth to curb his
loose tongue, but to no avail….
Jesse had no choice but to silence his Lodge Brother.
Jesse tracked Booth to the Grand Hotel in Enid one winter evening in 1903. Jesse
made Booth drink a large glass of lemonade laced with a copious quantity of
arsenic. Booth drank the lemonade and quickly expired. Jesse scattered many of
Booth’s papers around the corpse for easy identification. He then went down to
the hotel lobby and gave the manager a gold coin and asked him to look in on his
friend David George in the morning, as George was feeling ill.
The next day the press had a field day. The story exploded. Thousands of
reporters came to Enid from all over the country to report the death of John
Wilkes Booth.
Booth’s body was taken to a mortuary across the street from the hotel that was
owned by W.B. Penniman. Many people identified the corpse as Booth including a
retired couple named Harper whom Booth had confided in.
Penniman embalmed the body and coated it with Vaseline. The arsenic went a long
way to preserving the skin. Booth’s attorney Finis Bates read the press reports
in Memphis and hastened to Enid where he identified the body. A funeral trade
journal in 1909 stated that within a few weeks the corpse had ‘the drawn and
tanned look of an old mummy.’
Penniman laid Booth out in his mortuary and charged curiosity-seekers 10 cents a
peek. Tourists viewing the corpse would steal the collar buttons and sometimes
remove locks of hair for souvenirs. One intrepid visitor tried to sever one of
the mummy’s ears with a pocket knife.
But when the drawing power of the Booth mummy waned, Penniman handed over the
body to Finis Bates. Later on, Bates rented out the body to carnivals and
The corpse traveled for years as part of a show featuring freaks and strange
animals. It even emerged unscathed from a circus train wreck that killed eight
At one point the mummy was even kidnapped and ransomed. In 1931 it turned up in
Chicago where a group of doctors performed an autopsy and took an x-ray and
pronounced its Booth-like injuries authentic.
In 1932 a couple named Harkin bought the mummy and displayed it from the back of
their truck. Hecklers would sometimes claim that the mummy was made out of wax,
but Mrs. Harkin silenced them by rolling the mummy over and opening a flap on
its back that had been cut away during the original autopsy. The mummy wore
nothing but khaki shorts and between shows Mrs. Harkin would lacquer the skin
with Vaseline and comb its hair.
Some wag declared that John Wilkes Booth was back in show business…..
The mummy vanished from the public eye in the 1950s.

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