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John Wilkes Booth: Beyond the Grave (Beyond the Grave)

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Leading the reader through a series of amazing coincidences and details, this book presents startling evidence that John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Lincoln, was never captured but escaped to live for decades, continue his acting career, marry, and have children. Compelling and revealing information in the form of papers and diaries has recently been found in ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by Taylor Trade Publishing (first published January 1st 2013)
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Shellys♥ Journal
The history books tell us the story of the escape of John Wilkes Booth after he assassinated President Lincoln - how he left the DC area, sought medical help in Maryland, crossed the Potomac River and was discovered and shot at a Virginia Farm by a Union soldier. But is that what really happened? The author walks us through the "official" government report version, and then points out the discrepancies from eye witnesses and physical evidence. He also addresses the many Booth sightings that ...more
Don
Oct 13, 2013 Don rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, biography
The author, W. C. Jameson, makes the amazing claim that John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln, was not killed 12 days later at Garretts Farm in Virginia as all the history books tell the story.

Unfortunately, the book is not footnoted, but there is an extensive list of over 150 sources in the bibliography.

As a child, the author was told that Booth was a relative on his fathers of the family and that there was a family tradition that Booth did not die as officially reported, but live
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Sue
Oct 29, 2016 Sue rated it it was ok
Blech. Why create the aura of uncertainty about whether the corpse was? or wasn't? John Wilkes Booth . . . What a turn-off. Another Billy-the-Kid conundrum.

Not in dispute is that he shot Lincoln. Whether he died here, there or now or later--he's dead now.
Dave
Sep 23, 2013 Dave rated it really liked it
Even the most casual student of American history is aware of the facts surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in April of 1865. Lincoln, attending a play at Ford's Theater in Washington, DC, with his wife Mary, was set upon and murdered by actor and Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth, who was then pursued through the surrounding countryside before being gunned down by a Union cavalry troop in Richard Garrett's barn. The subsequent federal investigation revealed a web of ...more
Sally
Aug 06, 2013 Sally rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical, america
Where do I start with this mess? I shall start by saying that I have read plenty about the civil war and of Abraham Lincoln. I have visited Ford's Theater and the Peterson House more than once. The bedroom where Lincoln died has given off an eerie feeling each time. And yes, I can be contrary. I've played "devil's advocate," more than once. Finally, I've read a number of studies regarding famous people who supposedly lived on after their official death and, yes, I do believe Jesse James lived on ...more
Utena
Jun 28, 2013 Utena rated it really liked it
The story of John Wilkes Booth has always been a subject of controversy as history books and documents have told us that the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln fled from Ford's Theatre and to his death in a barn in Virginia, hunted down and shot by Union soldiers.

But what if the history books and documents had all been wrong? What if there had been discrepancy in the reports? What if it were true that John Wilkes Booth had indeed escaped his fate of death to live his life fully as someone els
...more
Ionia
Jun 19, 2013 Ionia rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book that took a bit different approach to the subject of john Wilkes Booth and what happened before and after the famed Lincoln shooting.

Where many others have speculated about the possibility of John surviving the famous showdown where history has said he was killed, this author did a much more in-depth job of giving the reader facts and reasons to believe that theory just might have some weight behind it.

This was interesting to me for a few reasons. Rather than just
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Scott
Jan 16, 2014 Scott rated it really liked it
I am not normally a big conspiracy book fan, but I found W.C. Jameson’s book, John Wilkes Booth – beyond the grave, fascinating. I had read other books about John Wilkes Booth but none like this. Jameson has done a great deal of research and has well documented to movements of Booth and the other cohorts. There is never any drought that John Wilkes Booth killed President Lincoln. But was Booth the individual killed in Garrett’s barn? Jameson seems to have sufficient proof that it was note.
Charles
I found 'John Wilkes Booth: Beyond the Grave' entertaining, but i found W.C. Jameson's approach and lack of supporting research hard to get past. While there are definitely conspiracy theories, I believe that more research into each of them would have made the book a much better read.
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W.C. Jameson is the award-winning author of 70 books, 1500 articles and essays, 300 songs, and dozens of poems. He is the best selling treasure author in the United States and his prominence as a professional fortune hunter had led to stints as a consultant for the Unsolved Mysteries television show and The Travel Channel. He served as an advisor for the film, "National Treasure" starring Nicolas ...more
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