John Wilkes Booth ‘got away with assassinating Abraham Lincoln’
John Wilkes Booth ‘got away with assassinating Abraham Lincoln by evading capture and living nearly four decades under assumed identities’
- John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in April 1865
- It is widely believed that he was tracked down and killed days later in Virginia
- But new facial recognition technology says he may have lived long after
- Software analyzed faces of Booth, John St. Helen, and David E. George
- It found there is a strong likelihood that these three men are the same person
Published: 01:31 EDT, 28 April 2019 | Updated: 01:31 EDT, 28 April 2019
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John Wilkes Booth may have gotten away with the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
New evidence uncovered by facial recognition technology appears to show that Booth lived for decades under an assumed identity after he shot Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865.
The conventional historiography holds that Booth was shot dead by Union soldiers five days after the assassination inside a barn on a farm in Virginia.
But an investigator with the Discovery Channel series Mummies Unwrapped says that modern-day face recognition technology shows that Booth’s face matched with that of two other men – John St. Helen and David E. George.
The researchers ran the images of St. Helen, George, and Booth through a computer and found that there was a strong possibility that these three individuals were the same man.
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Like all good Conspiracy Theories, it has a “feeling of credibility” about it. Soldiers collecting a reward for some poor soul; not Booth. The VP with his hand in it. Deathbed confessions.
And, the biggest reason to believe it is a compound reason: (1) If the VP was in on it (i.e., the password), then the assassin needed to be “caught” and also unable to implicate anyone. (2) The Gooferment couldn’t stand having the image that it couldn’t catch one lone assassin; people would begin to doubt the power of Big Gooferment. (3) Since it is easily disproved by an exhumation and DNA test, what it the motive for NOT disproving it.
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