Jesse James Poisoned Lincoln's Assassin
- Jesse James Poisoned Lincoln's Assassin
After he was poisoned for breaking his Masonic oath of silence, John Wilkes
Booth's corpse was rented out to carnivals and sideshows.
Booth's heavy drinking combined with his continual boasting of exploits within
the KGC eventually brought him to the attention of Jesse James. It was also
reported that Booth regularly partook of laudanum, an opium derivative. This is
when he would become particularly verbose.
Again we have to rewind...
The outlaw Jesse James was not killed by Bob Ford in 1882. Jesse faked his death
as an expedient way to throw off Pinkerton agents, assorted railroad barons, gun
fighters and the bounty hunters scouring the country for him.
He and Ford would become partners in many business ventures spanning decades.
James operated under more than 50 aliases in his long life before dying at the
advanced age of 107 under the alias J. Frank Dalton in 1951 in Lawton, Oklahoma.
Jesse was a 33rd degree Freemason and a high-ranking Knight of the Golden
The KGC evolved from a Scottish secret group known as The Society of the
Horseman's Word, otherwise known as the Horse Whisperers. This fraternity
recited passages from the Bible backwards and practiced folk magic as part of
their rituals, in addition to having Masonic-style oaths.
Headquarters for the Knights of the Golden Circle was 814 Fatherland Dr. in
Nashville. This was the home of KGC operative Frank James, elder brother of
Jesse James. Years later it became the Dixie Tabernacle, original home of the
Grand Ole Opry.
The KGC claimed 200,000 members all over America during the war. All of the men
in Lincoln's cabinet were Knights, save for Lincoln. The KGC was heavily
financed by the London and Paris Rothschild brothers. Their goal was to foment
as much chaos and discord as possible in order to keep the country divided and
to usher in a Rothschild-owned central bank.
But Lincoln had his own plans. During his presidency, his 50% tariff
jump-started the American steel industry, while his railroads, subsidies for
mining, free land for farmers and free state colleges transformed a bankrupt
cotton-exporting country into the world's greatest industrial power within 25
Lincoln knew that he was waging a separate but equally brutal war against
Rothschild-dominated Wall St. firms with his attempt to reassert government
control of its credit. He put through anti-usury and other strict banking laws,
sold bonds directly to the people and issued hundreds of millions of national
With these reforms "The Great Emancipator" had signed his own death warrant.
Lincoln knew that his time was short. He confided to his bodyguard Ward Lamont a
week before he was killed that he had a vision of his own death.
But there were powerful people that believed in him.
During the Civil War Lincoln negotiated a pact with Czar Alexander of Russia
whereby the Russian Navy was sent into the ports of San Francisco and New York
to help block the Rothschild ships that were running armaments to the South.
After the appearance of the Russian ships in American waters, the Rothschilds
canceled contracts to build more blockade running boats. The Czar won the day
for the North as Russia promised to go to war with any nation that attacked
In 1867 when the war ended and Lincoln was dead, President Andrew Johnson
received a bill in the amount of $7.2 million for the rental of the Russian
fleet. The Constitution forbids giving tax dollars to any foreign nation for any
reason whatever except for the purchase of land. Johnson directed Secretary of
State William Seward to purchase Alaska from the Russians for $7.2 million.
These details of 'Seward's Folly' have been excised from the historical record.
This is because Imperial Russia was the only European country without a central
bank. They were the greatest foes of the Rothschild Syndicate.
Also, since the time of the Empress Elizabeth, Russian Jews had been confined to
an area known as the Pale of Settlement. Jews could not live beyond the Pale.
Long ago attempts were made to remove all Jews from Russia entirely unless they
converted to the Orthodox Church. The Pale of Settlement was the next best
The Rothshchilds underwrote the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. The murder of Czar
Nicholas and his family was their revenge for the treatment of their
co-"religionists" in times past and for daring to stand against the inauguration
of a Rothschild dominated central bank.
And the Rothschilds also underwrote the financing of the Knights of the Golden
Their gold and dollars were laundered through a Montreal bank by Confederate
Secretary of State, Judah Benjamin, 'the brains of the revolt.' Benjamin was
running so many Confederate spies out of Montreal that it was known as 'the
Benjamin was very wealthy and owned a sugar plantation manned by 140 slaves.
After the war, he fled Richmond and eventually wound up in London where he made
a very comfortable living as a Queen's Counsel. It is difficult to get data on
Benjamin as he burned his personal notes so frequently that one historian
referred to him as a 'virtual incendiary.'
After the Lincoln assassination police found decoding sheets in Booth's
Washington hotel room. A matching coding device was found in Benjamin's Richmond
Returning to John St. Helen/David George/John Wilkes Booth
Jesse James was the treasurer and comptroller in sole possession of all gold
& silver bullion and money of the Knights of the Golden Circle. In this
capacity he paid Booth an annual pension of $3600 with the proviso that Booth
honor his KGC oath of secrecy and never talk about their activities or the
Lincoln assassination. He and other Knights repeatedly warned Booth to curb his
loose tongue, but to no avail....
Jesse had no choice but to silence his Lodge Brother.
Jesse tracked Booth to the Grand Hotel in Enid one winter evening in 1903. Jesse
made Booth drink a large glass of lemonade laced with a copious quantity of
arsenic. Booth drank the lemonade and quickly expired. Jesse scattered many of
Booth's papers around the corpse for easy identification. He then went down to
the hotel lobby and gave the manager a gold coin and asked him to look in on his
friend David George in the morning, as George was feeling ill.
The next day the press had a field day. The story exploded. Thousands of
reporters came to Enid from all over the country to report the death of John
Booth's body was taken to a mortuary across the street from the hotel that was
owned by W.B. Penniman. Many people identified the corpse as Booth including a
retired couple named Harper whom Booth had confided in.
Penniman embalmed the body and coated it with Vaseline. The arsenic went a long
way to preserving the skin. Booth's attorney Finis Bates read the press reports
in Memphis and hastened to Enid where he identified the body. A funeral trade
journal in 1909 stated that within a few weeks the corpse had 'the drawn and
tanned look of an old mummy.'
Penniman laid Booth out in his mortuary and charged curiosity-seekers 10 cents a
peek. Tourists viewing the corpse would steal the collar buttons and sometimes
remove locks of hair for souvenirs. One intrepid visitor tried to sever one of
the mummy's ears with a pocket knife.
But when the drawing power of the Booth mummy waned, Penniman handed over the
body to Finis Bates. Later on, Bates rented out the body to carnivals and
The corpse traveled for years as part of a show featuring freaks and strange
animals. It even emerged unscathed from a circus train wreck that killed eight
At one point the mummy was even kidnapped and ransomed. In 1931 it turned up in
Chicago where a group of doctors performed an autopsy and took an x-ray and
pronounced its Booth-like injuries authentic.
In 1932 a couple named Harkin bought the mummy and displayed it from the back of
their truck. Hecklers would sometimes claim that the mummy was made out of wax,
but Mrs. Harkin silenced them by rolling the mummy over and opening a flap on
its back that had been cut away during the original autopsy. The mummy wore
nothing but khaki shorts and between shows Mrs. Harkin would lacquer the skin
with Vaseline and comb its hair.
Some wag declared that John Wilkes Booth was back in show business.....
The mummy vanished from the public eye in the 1950s.
Mark Owen is a researcher living in Toronto. He can be reached at
Part One- Lincoln Assassin Escaped
Some articles consulted:
Why the British Kill American Presidents by Anton Chaitkin, The New Federalist
The Rothschild's International Plot to Kill Lincoln by Paul Goldstein, New
Why the Rothschilds Murdered Lincoln by Barbara Dreyfuss, New Solidarity 1976
The Mummy Mystery by Michael Finger, Memphis Flyer 2007
Some books consulted:
Escape and Suicide of John Wilkes Booth by Finis Bates 1908
Escape and Wanderings of John Wilkes Booth by WP Campbell 1922
Return of Assassin John Wilkes Booth by WC Jameson 1999
Lincoln Money Martyred by Fabius Melton Butler 1935
This One Mad Act by Izola Forrester 1937
Murdering Mr. Lincoln by Charles Higham 2004
The Lincoln Conspiracy by David Balsiger 1977
Jesse James United States Senator by Ralph Epperson 2005
Jesse James and the Lost Cause by Jesse Lee James 1961
Jesse James Was One Of His Names by Del Shrader 1975