Taproom History – The Mystery of John Wilkes Booth’s Mummy
Did John Wilkes Booth get away with murdering Abraham Lincoln? While the government maintained they killed Booth after a 12-day manhunt in April 1865, stories periodically surfaced in the American west about Booth’s escape from capture. A most bizarre tale emerged in 1903, when the body of a man who claimed to be Booth was embalmed and displayed as an advertisement for a funeral home. Eventually the mummified remains became a sideshow exhibit that people gazed upon at carnivals throughout the country in the mid-1900s. But was it all a hoax? Was the government telling the truth when it stated that Booth had died? Or had the wrong man been killed in 1865? Did one of the most prominent assassins in American history escape and live out his life in obscurity?