Saturday, April 26, 2008

Wrong Place at the Wrong Time with the Wrong Initials

John Wilkes Booth is supposed to have been shot and killed in a barn near Port Royal, Virginia. But Booth relative Joanne Hulme and her sister Virginia Kline believe that the assassin escaped justice.

"The first story my mother ever told me was that John Wilkes Booth was not killed in the barn," Hulme said.

The soldiers' victim was James William Boyd or John William Boyd, who bore a striking resemblance to the assassin and was sought for the murder of a Union captain by some accounts.

"He was shorter than Booth and had red hair" instead of the actor's black wavy locks, Hulme said. [Link]

Terry Thornton

Chris, How very interesting. Some local lore near Tupelo, Mississippi has hints that JWB lived near that town for some time after his reported death.
Terry Thornton
Hill Country of Monroe County Mississippi


Here's another JWB post from last year. The guy really got around after dying.

James Pylant

Some believe that John Wilkes Booth lived in Granbury, Hood County, Texas, under the alias John St. Helen. This theory was discussed some years ago on Unsolved Mysteries, the TV series. In 1885, a "Mrs. Boothe" reported to the editor of the Stephenville Empire (in adjoining Erath County) that JWB, "her husband's cousin," had escaped death and "lives near Stephenville."

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