Enduring Myths – The Lincoln and Kennedy Assassinations

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Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination on April 14, 1865.

The assassinations of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, almost one hundred years apart, have had such a profound impact on the American psyche that some still grapple to make sense of these tragic events decades after the facts.

Soon after the death of President Kennedy, curious parallels or coincidences between his demise and that of Lincoln began circulating, such as the fact that both Presidents were elected in ’60, or that a Vice-President named Johnson succeeded both. These and some of the sixteen or so main coincidences generally circulated have been thoroughly discussed elsewhere[1], so I won’t linger on these.

However, there is a major “coincidence” that may nowadays be overlooked, and this is the fact that both assassinations were subject to several conspiracy theories that have never been satisfactorily elucidated, and in all probability never will be.

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963) was the 35th President of the United States, serving from January 1961 until his assassination on November 22, 1963.

As with Kennedy’s assassination, several questions have remained unanswered surrounding Lincoln’s assassination. Author Leroy Hayman mentioned some of these in his now out of print book, The Death Of Lincoln, published in 1968 – a copy of which I was lucky enough to get my hands on.

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.44 caliber Derringer used by John Booth to assassinate President Lincoln.

Here are some of these unanswered questions, as taken from Hayman’s book:

  1. President Lincoln had asked the physically powerful Major Thomas T. Eckert of the War Department Telegraph Office to accompany him to Ford’s Theatre on thefatal night of Friday, April 14, 1865. The President’s request was refused because Eckert was supposed to have had other “important duties”. But Eckert that same night left the office early and went home to bed. Why?
  2. John F. Parker, Lincoln’s assigned guard that night, criminally neglected his duty, yet he was never tried or punished. Why?[2]
  3. No real effort was made to track down John Surratt until long after the others were tried and convicted. Why?[3]
  4. John Lloyd and Louis Weichmann were involved in passing arms and whiskey to the fleeing Booth and Herold. They were never punished. Why?
  5. Samuel Cox, Thomas Jones, William J. Jett, and others who knowingly helped Booth and Herold on their flight were questioned and allowed to go free. Why?
  6. Yet Dr. Samuel Mudd, whose aid to the fugitives was no greater than that of the others, was punished severely. Why?

As Hayman concludes, “These disturbing questions, like similar ones asked about the Kennedy assassination, in all likelihood will never be answered. There will always be a mystery surrounding the death of Abraham Lincoln – a mystery on its way to becoming a myth”.

This was written in 1968, and since then the same has become true regarding the death of John F. Kennedy, for the endless enjoyment of conspiracy theorists everywhere. Which reminds me, “the fact that you’re paranoid doesn’t mean that no one’s after you…”[4]

Update, April 15, 2015
You may also want to read this very interesting post for more in-dept info about Lincoln’s assassination: Happy 150th Anniversary of Lincoln Being killed by TPTB…


Footnotes

[2] According to Wikipedia, Lincoln’s bodyguard, John Parker, left Ford’s Theater during intermission to join Lincoln’s coachman for drinks in the Star Saloon next door.

[3] According to Wikipedia, John Harrison Surratt, Jr. avoided arrest immediately after the assassination by fleeing the country. He served briefly as a Papal Zouave before his arrest and extradition. By the time he returned to the United States the statute of limitations had expired on most of the potential charges and he was not convicted.

[4] The exact quote is “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you”. ― Joseph HellerCatch-22

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3 Responses to Enduring Myths – The Lincoln and Kennedy Assassinations

  1. thetruthisstrangerthanfiction says:

    Yes, there certainly are many correlations between these two deaths, and for me, the correlations began to get that much more pronounced the more I began to understand the depths of what the whole “banking cabal” was, and then began to see how/why these two presidents would’ve posed such a viable threat and thus you then have a true motive for killing them. With Lincoln it was his introduction of the “green backs” which was a significant challenge to the central bankers trying to take complete control of the monetary system. With Kennedy it seems like it could’ve been many things, perhaps he was poised to try and blow the lid of the entire thing (so many people have alluded to his “secret societies speech” shortly before he died). Whatever the specific reason was, it’s pretty clear that it was concluded by the power-brokers that Jack wasn’t going to play ball anymore, and they had no other choice. Plus, the JFK assassination really did also serve to function as the first instance of televised “mass psychological trauma” perpetrated against the public as a whole. It left an indelible mark on the psyche of America, and I’d say very much furthered the broader aims of expanding “security”, just as 9/11 and the “war on terror” has…

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    • I certainly concur, especially about this being the first instance of mass psychological trauma – fear is the best weapon of mass control…

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      • thetruthisstrangerthanfiction says:

        Btw, have you seen these reports talking about alleged “ISIS camps” in Mexico just outside the Texas and NM borders?? I admit it sounds crazy, but then again I do believe ISIS is just a CIA farce/force in the end, so it might actually make sense in light of all the “Jade Helm 15” stuff going on….

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