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Introduction It is common knowledge amongst Americans that President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated But what many people dont know about is the conspiracy surrounding it The uncovering of this conspiracy led to the first execution of a woman in the United States The resulting execution of Mary Surratt was unconstitutional Lincoln was assassinated in Fords Theater on April 13 1865 Multitudes of conspiracy theories have been concocted to try to explain why but there is one that is considered the real story It is the concept of the small conspiracy that named John Wilkes Booth as ringleader Thomson 5 After the murder the government arrested hundreds of people it believed were capable of having participated in the crime In the end eight were charged with conspiracy and the others were let go 1865 Assassination One of these eight people was Mary Surratt She owned a boarding house in Maryland right outside of Washington DC Mary was 42 at the time of these occurrences and had three children 1865 Assassination During the Civil War one of her children John Surratt Jr became a spy for the Confederate army Through this he met a man named John Wilkes Booth They became friendly and Booth started to frequently visit the Boarding house that Mary owned This is how she came to be accused of keeping the nest that hatched the egg and doing favors for Booth to help organize the assassination and help him escape It was said that Booth used the boarding house to hold meetings concerning Lincolns assassination Other people who were associated with the murder also visited the boarding house but nobody can be positive that Mary had anything to do with the plot Mary Surratt On April 11 1865 Mary made a trip to Surrattsville She was accompanied by Louis Weichmann They met John Lloyd on the way Mary had rented the tavern that her husband had owned to John On this trip she
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