Booth, John Wilkes
|born on||10 May 1838 at 17:00 (= 5:00 PM )|
|Place||Bel Air MD, USA, 39n32, 76w20|
|Timezone||LMT m76w20 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||19°45' 04°08 Asc. 26°35'|
American actor and Confederate sympathizer, he shot President Abraham Lincoln in the back of the head during the performance of "Our American Cousin" on 4/14/1865, 10:15 PM, Washington, D.C. During his escape from the playhouse, he broke his leg. Booth was followed for 12 days, at which time he was found in a barn and shot to death. It was believed that he was mentally deranged.
Booth was very enthusiastic in his political beliefs and acting. An advocate of slavery, he despised President Lincoln, and, unbeknownst to most, devoted a large amount of time to planning a kidnapping of Lincoln that was foiled when the President failed to show up.
Booth was also a member of one of the premier American thespian families of the 19th century. His father, Junius Brutus Booth, and brother, Edwin, were masters of Shakespeare. Despite his acting ability, Booth's father was mentally unstable and an alcoholic. John was not quite as high a caliber as his father and brother when it came to acting, but he made up for it through fantastic enthusiasm. Soon after making his stage debut at age 17 in 1856, a manager said of Booth, "Once he quiets down a bit...you will see as great an actor as American can produce."
- homicide victim relationship with Lincoln, Abraham (born 12 February 1809)
- parent relationship with Booth, Junius Brutus (born 1 May 1796)
- sibling relationship with Booth, Edwin (born 13 November 1833)
- Death by Homicide 26 April 1865 (Shot to death, age 26)
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- Crime : Homicide Perpetration 14 April 1865 (Shot President Lincoln)
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Penfield Collection spec., "based on a statement by his sister, Asia Booth Clark, given in "The Unlocked Book." That biography gives the date, but has no reference to a time. Kraum in AO-Science, 4/1943, gives same date, "time unknown." There are two Bel Airs in MD; which one is not confirmed. In August 2004 PT found an article in the Baltimore Sun giving the County as Hartford' coordinates given in this entry are correct for that location. PT also notes that an article from the National Park Service on Ford's Theatre comments: "Many people who came in contact with Booth mentioned the magnetism and power of his eyes. Sir Charles Wyndham, a fine comedian who witnessed the acting exploits of both Booth and his brother Edwin, wrote that Booth's '... eyes were striking features, but when his emotions were aroused they were like living jewels. Flames shot from them.'"
- Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Homicide single (Shot President Lincoln)
- Passions : Criminal Victim : Homicide victim (Shot to death)
- Personal : Death : Short Life less than 29 Yrs (Age 26)
- Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
- Family : Childhood : Family noted (Premier theatrical family)
- Family : Childhood : Disadvantaged (Father mentally unstable/alcoholic)