Breaking News: Booth Co-Conspirators Captured

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Surratt House Museum in Clinton, Maryland
Surratt House Museum in Clinton, Maryland

As pursuit of the cowardly murderer John Wilkes Booth continued through the Southern Maryland countryside, providence and the hard work of military investigators has brought five of the assassin’s confederates to justice. Responding to a tip that a Washington D.C. boarding house was a hotbed of confederate activity, Colonel Henry Steel Olcott began his questioning of the property's matron, Mary Surratt. During the investigation, a suspicious gentleman arrived at the premises. The gentleman proved to be a confederate agent, one Lewis Powell, in disguise, and both were arrested. Powell is believed to be responsible for the vicious attack on Secretary of State William H. Seward and his family.

Also arrested were Ford’s Theater employee Edman Spangler, who is believed to have rigged Mr. Lincoln’s theater box to provide the assassin with entry, and suspected accomplices Samuel Arnold, who was captured at his home in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and Michael O’Laughlen, who surrendered to police in Baltimore. Arnold and O’Laughlen were childhood friends of Booth.

This break in the case may help capture the dastardly Booth, as he is believed to have traveled south into Maryland. Mrs. Surratt also owns a tavern in Prince George’s County, and investigators hope to pick up Booth’s trail there. Booth is believed to be traveling with David Herold and in need of medical attention.

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