Friday, February 3, 2017

Fact of the Day: Boston Corbett

While disputed, the man who is believed to have shot John Wilkes Booth (Abe Lincoln's assassin) was a man named Boston Corbett. He changed his name from Thomas to Boston after becoming super-religious in the city after an encounter by a street preacher. He became one himself and was known for odd behavior. After being tempted by two ladies of the night, he went home and removed his family jewels with a pair of scissors. He became severely paranoid after Booth's death believing there were those in the government (deprived of putting Booth behind bars) and those who loved Booth that was out to get him. He is believed to have died in the Great Hinckley Fire in Minnesota.