Chasing Lincoln’s Killer Chapters XII-XIV Summary & Analysis

James L. Swanson

Chasing Lincoln’s Killer

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Chasing Lincoln’s Killer Chapters XII-XIV Summary & Analysis

Chapter XII Summary

While the troops prepared Booth’s body for transportation, Conger rode ahead: he was going to report the killing and capture, and he also hoped to stake a claim to the reward money.

Like Lincoln, Booth was autopsied, despite his obvious mode of death. Due to curiosity about the killer, it was necessary to hide his corpse from souvenir hunters. After some talk of a burial at sea, he was buried in an unmarked grave at the Old Arsenal Penitentiary.

Chapter XIII Summary

Out of all those imprisoned during the manhunt, those tried were Mary Surratt, Lewis Powell, David Herold, George Atzerodt, Samuel Arnold, Michael O’Laughlen, Edman Spangler, and Samuel Mudd. Of the people who aided Booth’s escape, only Mudd was convicted.

Meanwhile, scores of man hunters rushed to claim the $100,000. Swanson reports that Conger received $15,000, Doherty $5,250, Lafayette Baker $3,750, and Luther Baker $3,000. Corbett, Booth’s killer, received $1,653….

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