It's a story every American grade school student learns - how the actor John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln in his box at the Ford's Theater, jumped down to the stage, and fled Washington DC until he was killed by the authorities in a barn in rural Virginia. But it's not widely known that Booth wasn't acting alone, and that President Lincoln was only one of several targets he and his conspirators planned to murder on the night of April 15, 1865. In today's episode, we tell the story of the others involved and their plot to assassinate multiple members of Lincoln's administration and throw a country just starting to recover from the Civil War into chaos.
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