Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Bad Actors

Uh oh. Lincoln conspiracy post. Well, one can't be much of a crime history professor without mention of one of the most widely publicized, theorized, dramatized, and scrutinized assassinations in antiquity, save John F. Kennedy and Julius Caesar.

Spoiler Alert.  It was Booth.

This Alex Taylor column originally appeared in the Gainesville Times March 22, 1988, and it echoes some of the "darkness" surrounding our current president. Context being, at the time, Lincoln wasn't exactly popular.


Of course, my reaction was the same. Not popular? How'd he get elected? As it turns out, my father's context wasn't far off. Popular now does not mean popular then. Ask any oil painter. I won't stray from the objective center of neutral presenter by commenting on Trump the man, or Trump the President. While popular media sensationalizes certain narratives and agendas, he, like Lincoln, will ultimately be revered and reviled by actions and fact. "He had, time and again, ignored Congress with strange executive orders that infuriated even members of his own party." Sound familiar? But let's not detract from the questions at issue below. Mary Surratt's case is indeed fascinating from a legal standpoint, as is John Frederick Parker's.

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