152 years ago-April 26, 1865-U.S. soldiers cornered and shot John Wilkes Booth, 12 days after Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. Booth escaped after shooting Lincoln at Ford's Theatre and made his way through Maryland and into Virginia before being caught and killed in what was then the largest manhunt in American history.
Booth's 12 days on the run are the longest that any presidential assassin has managed to evade capture. Charles Guiteau was immediately apprehended after shooting President James A. Garfield on July 2, 1881. The same goes for Leon Czolgosz, who was captured immediately after shooting President William McKinley on September 6, 1901. On November 22, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald walked out of the Texas School Book Depository after shooting President John F. Kennedy, but was captured in a movie theater shortly thereafter (though not before killing a Dallas police officer that approached him as he fled the scene of President Kennedy's assassination.) #johnwilkesbooth #abrahamlincoln #presidentialassassination #assassins #manhunt #jamesagarfield #williammckinley #johnfkennedy #findyourpark