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1  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Boston Corbett on: August 31, 2014, 06:31:47 AM
Interesting piece on Boston Corbett
2  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Book Review on: August 27, 2014, 09:08:29 AM
We can always agree to disagree Rob. No biggie, this is a hobby for me (LAS). My talent is wrangling dangerous animals.  Wink I always respect your opinions and I think you know that.
Now, everyone, BUY THIS BOOK!
3  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Book Review on: August 27, 2014, 06:55:47 AM
Point taken. Greed changes peoples behavior though. That generous offer of Big Bucks had people coming out of the wood works to claim their share. How many people were denied the rewards? Hundred's probably.

Ed Steer's wrote: "The claims for the reward money was so great that a committee of two was established to hear all the claims and recommend how and to whom the money should be distributed."
4  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Book Review on: August 26, 2014, 07:55:45 PM
Good point, Dan.
Now Mr. Wick, ahem.. Prove that the rewards were NOT an incentive to go above and beyond their normal charges. (duties).
5  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Book Review on: August 26, 2014, 06:29:24 PM
You totally missed the point. Booth wasn't dead at the time the Rewards were issued. Your point was the Rewards had nothing to with the incentive of capturing Booth, when I said it was an incentive. You asked for proof and I delivered. I said I'm also looking at other sources, some you might agree with. Greed started when Adam and Eve left Eden. Reward claims were rejected on other people that were not connected with the Gubmint, (detectives/soldiers, etc., because that was their duty to assist) because they became greedy when the Reward for capture was announced. Are you feeling ok? I'm getting worried.
6  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Book Review on: August 26, 2014, 11:49:47 AM
Question: If money was not at issue, why were Baker & Conger so anxious to finish business at Garrett's, clear the area and get back to DC with their reports and with the Body?
Answer: Because, there were at least 9 other groups looking for Booth who were bearing down on them and if they arrived on the scene while Baker & Conger, et al were there, they could claim a share of the reward which would mean reduced claims for the Bakers, Conger, Dougherty & the 16th NY.
References where the Reward Money became a catalyst for the search of Booth.

Roscoe, Theodore, “The Web of Conspiracy”. Pg. 188, 333-334, 368, and 402
Swanson, James, ”Manhunt” Pg. 221
Jacob Mogelever, “Death to Traitors” (The Story of General Lafayette C. Baker, Lincoln's Forgotten Secret Service Chief)   pg.351
And I’m working on more sources, just juggling this and work at my facility.
7  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Book Review on: August 25, 2014, 06:43:01 PM
I disagree.
8  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Book Review on: August 25, 2014, 12:20:36 PM
I don't see that as cunning, I see it as common sense. He knew what was at stake. Are you inferring that he wasn't that smart?  Roll Eyes Or that he wasn't money driven? He got 15k didn't he?
9  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Book Review on: August 24, 2014, 07:27:50 PM
Good point, but I have to disagree. The reward for the capture of Booth was well established before he was trapped in the barn. The incentive was already in place. The reward claim would be watered down with more troops involved. Jes' my opinion.
10  General Category / All NOT Things Lincoln Assassination / Rosemary Kennedy on: August 24, 2014, 07:25:06 AM
I have always been intrigued by the Kennedy dynasty, or “Camelot” ever since JFK died. Seeing John F. Kennedy in person 5 days before he was assassinated in 1963, the image is still in my mind. My mom took me out of school that day and told me I was going to see the President and his motorcade. We were standing about 15 feet away when his Limo drove by. I recall everyone waving and the President waving back. It happened so quickly. Then, 5 days later he was gone. I was 11 years old then. I couldn’t grasp why anyone would want to kill someone, much less the POTUS! At that time, I vaguely remembered that Abraham Lincoln was the first President to be assassinated, by a “crazed actor” named John Wilkes Booth at some theatre in Washington, D.C. This interested me so much, (the first and last killing of a President) that it put me on the path of studying about assassinations of Presidents. The killing of JFK also was the catalyst of modern day historians writing about Booth/Lincoln. Gotta start somewhere.
Years later while delving into JFK or the “dynasty”, I was taken aback about all of the tragedies that family had faced and conquered .Especially the story of Rosemary Kennedy, first sister of John, Robert and Ted.
Stories about her behavior growing up are mixed and confusing. Her father Joe was concerned about her behavior, maybe it was “awkward and not socially acceptable” for the “dynasty”. Rosemary was different than other girls at the same age, but none the less, Joe Kennedy was worried, perhaps Rosemary would embarrass, tell family secrets, air dirty laundry, etc. I confess that I am confused about Rosemary, various stories, innuendos, rumors fly around with abandon that it’s hard to sort out. In short, Joe Kennedy, in 1941 had a lobotomy performed on his daughter. From what I gather, this was a new procedure or experiment at the time where a portion of the brain is excised that supposedly alters one’s behavior. This went horribly wrong by all accounts. Rosemary was never the same and it was perhaps the “Dynasties” worst kept secret. There wasn’t enough Maybelline to cover this up. Stories and rumors about mental retardation, emotional instability of Rosemary was probably enough to distance the family from the public, all the while her brothers were gearing up for a future political career. I believe they avoided any mention of Rosemary or side-stepped questions regarding her.
As I mentioned earlier, Rosemary’s legacy has been confusing. Now, Kate Clifford Larson has written a book titled “Rosemary: An Interrupted Life”, published by Houghton Mifflin, due out in December. Larson previously has written on Harriet Tubman, and Mary Surratt.  I have read both of these books and they are outstanding. Kate does her homework and no doubt her book on “Rosemary” will be well written and carefully researched. The reason I state this? I personally know her and I can tell you she is a bulldog when seeking facts, and her writing “gallop’s “and that keeps you glued to the story. I can hardly wait for this book! As soon as I read it, I’ll post a review on my site,

11  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Book Review on: August 23, 2014, 03:05:21 PM
THE ASSASSINATOR (The Trial and Hanging of John Wilkes Booth)
By William L. Richter
© 2014 Outskirts Press, Denver, Colorado

I received this book from Bill Richter, yesterday and could not put it down. This was a project partnered with the late Rick Stelnick, originally titled “Deo Vindice”, this translates to “Under God, or Our Vindicator”

Rick Smith, who wrote the introduction, summed it up nicely. “Richter’s narrative invites us to consider Booth’s final imaginings, as his mind gradually dims, all the while realizing, most likely with anxiety and regret, that all he had so carefully planned, all of his endeavors, had come to naught.” (Where was the Comma Queen when this was written?) Wink Just kidding Rick. Rick writes great introductions, as he did on my booklet.

This 167 page soft cover book is surprisingly full of interesting facts and opinions! For instance, Richter posits his summation of Everton Conger’s (hurriedness) of starting a fire around the barn where Booth was trapped, was a result of Conger’s greed, because waiting longer to flush Booth out, would surely mean more troops might arrive, thus diminishing the reward chest. All the while not disagreeing with author Rob Wick’s article, “Why Did Everton Conger Burn Down Richard Garrett’s Tobacco Barn”, Surratt Courier,33 (May 2008), who postulates the reason Conger acted quickly to fire the barn, was a result of Conger’s tiredness from the result of a long horse ride to Garrett’s farm.
I won’t spoil the rest of the book, read it yourself. This is another one of those books that should reside next to your other Lincoln Assassination works.

Lewis Powell biographer and computer whiz Betty Ownsbey, designed the great cover. Well done WildBill!
This book should or might be available through or websites.

Randal Berry

12  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / "The Boothies" Occasional Papers Issue on: August 17, 2014, 05:48:49 PM

I have a few, (less than 15) copies of "Meet The Boothies" issue in Occasional Papers left, (that I found).
They can be had for $22.00/postage included.

Also, I have found some other pictures and added them to my power-point presentation regarding The Boothies. I put together a great presentation that mirrors this issue. A lot of photo's were added that weren't in the issue.
If interested, in the back issue, email:
13  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Buggy's, Mary Surratt and John Ford on: August 16, 2014, 06:27:28 PM
Getting back to the binoculars or field glass Mary allegedly carried in the carriage to Surrattsville on the 14th. (the package Weichmann said Mary told him it was made of glass and brittle) John Lloyd was the only one in testimony that said it was a field glass in the package. He also admitted several times he was drunk during Mary's visit that fateful day. Just re-reading Weichmann's and Lloyds testimony (which played THE part in convicting Mary,) they don't match up. This wouldn't fly today, in court.
14  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Re: Buggy's, Mary Surratt and John Ford on: August 14, 2014, 05:51:11 PM
Yes, Kate Larson wrote about that.  I was basing my or (Weichmann's) statement on the John Surratt Jr. trial testimony. Most historians agree that Weichmann never waivered on his testimonies, regarding both trials, except he got a few dates wrong in the second trial.

Here's where the confusion is: Booth DID give $10.00 to Weichmann to rent a carriage for Mary, but that was for their trip to the Tavern on Tuesday. On Friday, Mary gave him the $10.00 to rent a carriage for their trip on FRIDAY, The carriage rental was $6.00.
Shortly after they got back to Washington City, Richard Smoot came a knockin'  Wink
15  General Category / All Things Lincoln Assassination / Surratt Conference 2015 on: August 12, 2014, 05:52:18 PM
I haven't seen the line-up yet, but I'm planning on going. I have friends to catch up with and do some checking at the Natl. Archives.
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