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'You don't believe that was his destiny," Booth biographer says of the Lincoln assassin
'You don't believe that was his destiny," Booth biographer says of the Lincoln assassin

"Do you think he'll have the impact in his hometown 150 years later compared to when it happened?" author Terry Alford asked in mock seriousness about John Wilkes Booth, the Harford County native who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago this week. Alford was referring to how the editors of The Aegis, then called The Aegis and Intelligencer, appear to have deliberately avoided making any mention of Booth's Harford County ties in their newspaper's coverage following the assassination and the manhunt for Booth that resulted in his death, even as correspondents from the big national daily papers were traipsing across the local countryside to interview...

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