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Comparison of Political Assassins Assassins generally are categorized as people whom kill or attempt to kill prominent figures in their time Everyone else involved in the attempt of or succeeding in executing another individual might be described as a killer murderer and so on This paper will describe any similarities or differences in the below listed individuals considered as assassins h John Wilkes Booth h John Hinckley Jr h Sirhan Sirhan h Carl Austin Weiss h Leon F Czolgosz h Lee Harvey Oswald h James Earl Ray Of the individuals mentioned above all of these men either attempted to or actually managed to assassinate a political figure in our history Some of these figures were better known than others but were well known by American society at the time A brief description on the background of each of these men will provide the base level data for our analysis Each of them will also be characterized due to their prior history and background using models provided by those who psychoanalyzed assassins and their profiles John Wilkes Booth was born in a log cabin near Bel Air Maryland on May 10 1838 The son of Junius Brutus Booth and Mary Ann Holmes had stood in the shadow of his father the renowned actor and his older brother Edwin The Booth family in general was known for alcoholism and bouts of depression Wilkes as people would call him was a great supporter of the South when the civil war broke out His brother was a staunch supporter of Lincoln Wilkes had chosen to stay in the north which struck most people that knew him as odd John Hinckley Jr was the youngest of three children and born in Ardmore Oklahoma on May 29 1955 The family moved several times first to Texas then to Colorado Like Reagans mother Hinckleys mother also belonged to the Disciples of Christ his father became a born-again Christian in 1977 A
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