John Wilkes Booth
President Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed in Ford’s Theatre on April 15th, 1865. The events that transpired there after remain shrouded in conspiracy and mystery. After firing the fatal shot at point blank range, Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth, jumped from the balcony onto the stage, at which time a comical scene was taking place leading the audience to think it was all an act. What ensued was a twelve day, multi-state manhunt for the killer. Booth spent five days hiding out in the Maryland woods, at which time, a $100,000 reward was offered for his capture, which equates to over $1.4 million today. Some 10,000 federal troops, detectives, and police officials were tracking his every move, trying to pinpoint an exact location. After a tireless twelve days spent searching, John Wilkes Booth was discovered hiding in a Virginian barn. Accounts differ as to the assassin’s actual death, some say he was struck by a bullet while inside and others claim that he was killed as a result of painful burns which were caused by the barn being set on fire in an attempt to get him to surrender himself.