This story is ongoing: Did Booth escape death at the Garrett farm? Has history got it all wrong?
December 2010 saw articles abound with the news that descendants of Booth have agreed to exhume the body of John’s older brother-the famous Edwin Booth (noted actor of his day). Family members want Edwin Booth’s DNA compared against a specimen of Wilkes’ to determine “once and for all” if it was really him that died in the Garrett barn.
Please go to the following link for further details: http://www.aolnews.com/2010/12/23/did-abraham-lincoln-assassin-john-wilkes-booth-escape-dna-may-s/
Personally, I welcome such inquiry-however I’m not at all moved by the possibilty that it wasn’t John Wilkes Booth that died at the Garrett farm that day. As I have mentioned previously, the evidence is overwhelming that it was. Read assassination literature by Edward Steers, for instance. The notion by Finas Bates that Booth escaped and remained alive into the 1900’s has been dealt with and disclaimed. But—–we shall see won’t we! We wait the results!!!
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