John Wilkes Booth (May 10, 1838 – April 26, 1865) was an American stage actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865. A member of the prominent 19th-century Booth theatrical family from Maryland, he was a noted actor who was also a Confederate sympathizer; denouncing President Lincoln, he lamented the recent abolition of slavery in the United States.
Originally, Booth and his small group of conspirators had plotted to kidnap Lincoln, and they later agreed to murder him as well as Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William H. Seward, likewise to aid the Confederate cause. Although its Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by General Robert E. Lee, had surrendered to the Union Army four days earlier, Booth believed that the Civil War remained unresolved because the Confederate Army of General Joseph E. Johnston continued fighting.
Booth shot President Lincoln once in the back of the head. Lincoln’s death the next morning completed Booth’s piece of the plot. Seward, severely wounded, recovered, whereas Vice President Johnson was never attacked. Booth fled on horseback to Southern Maryland; twelve days later, at a farm in rural Northern Virginia, he was tracked down sheltered in a barn. Booth’s companion David Herold surrendered, but Booth maintained a standoff. After the authorities set the barn ablaze, Union soldier Boston Corbett fatally shot him in the neck. Paralyzed, he died a few hours later. Of the eight conspirators later convicted, four were soon hanged.
Booth’s body was shrouded in a blanket and tied to the side of an old farm wagon for the trip back to Belle Plain. There, his corpse was taken aboard the ironclad USS Montauk and brought to the Washington Navy Yard for identification and an autopsy. The body was identified there as Booth’s by more than ten people who knew him. Among the identifying features used to make sure that the man that was killed was Booth was a tattoo on his left hand with his initials J.W.B., and a distinct scar on the back of his neck. The third, fourth, and fifth vertebrae were removed during the autopsy to allow access to the bullet. These bones are still on display at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C. The body was then buried in a storage room at the Old Penitentiary, later moved to a warehouse at the Washington Arsenal on October 1, 1867. In 1869, the remains were once again identified before being released to the Booth family, where they were buried in the family plot at Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore, after a burial ceremony conducted by Fleming James, minister of Christ Episcopal Church.
Eight others implicated in Lincoln’s assassination were tried by a military tribunal in Washington, D.C., and found guilty on June 30, 1865. Mary Surratt, Lewis Powell, David Herold, and George Atzerodt were hanged in the Old Arsenal Penitentiary on July 7, 1865. Samuel Mudd, Samuel Arnold, and Michael O’Laughlen were sentenced to life imprisonment at Fort Jefferson in Florida’s isolated Dry Tortugas. Edmund Spangler was given a six-year term in prison. The others were eventually pardoned in February 1869 by President Andrew Johnson.
WAS JOHN WILKES BOOTH A FREEMASON?
There is no actual written statements that say John Wilkes Booth was a Freemason but as we know; they love showing hand-signs and symbols. But there are some interesting photos of Booth doing ‘the master of the second veil’. There is also another photo of the soldiers around Abraham Lincoln showing the same allegiance to the secret society. Notice how Lincoln isn’t doing the gestor, and shortly after he would be assassinated by another Mason to further the goals of the secret society. There is no doubt in my mind that John Wilkes Booth was a Freemason. I find the details about his death and autopsy a little strange.
Why was his autopsy performed on a ship moored at the Washington Navy Yard? We do know the eight conspirators accused of plotting his death were brought to the yard and held on vessels anchored on the Anacostia River before their trials.
I found another photo from an archive of a drawing recreation I assume of when booth was having his autopsy on the USS Montauk and you would be surprised to know just another Freemason sign to show you who’s in-control.
Also it’s well documented that President Andrew Johnson is a proud Freemason and he was the one who pardoned the remaining convicted plotters of Lincoln’s death. Was that because they were all members of the same secret society?
Now as you know; when it’s three or more it’s never a coincidence. We have three examples of the ‘hidden hand’ which tells you exactly who’s behind the evil; they play both sides of the coin. Black or White is the same as good or evil. One of there favorite saying is; what is good is evil and what is evil is good. Could I say that John Wilkes Booth is a 100% freemason? No doubt he was the patsy or face of the operation for the media/history books.