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Podcast Episode #12: John Wilkes Booth and the Women Who Loved Him

At the time of his capture, strangely, John Wilkes Booth had pictures of five women in his pocket. Learn about the most notorious presidential assassin, his motivations for assassinating President Abraham Lincoln, his troubled personal background, and the stories of his raucous affairs, in our interview with E. Lawrence Abel about his new book, John Wilkes Booth and the Women Who Loved Him.

John Wilkes Booth was the actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln and has been the subject of much historical interest over the last 150 plus years.  There has been a historical fascination with the assassination of Lincoln and the conspiracy surrounding it.

Dr. Abel is a distinguished faculty professor and emeritus professor at Wayne State University in Detroit.  He has joint appointments as full professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychology at Wayne, where he has taught courses on human sexuality for many years. He is the author of over 40 scholarly and trade books and more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and trade magazine articles on Civil War History, and is a member of the Michigan Civil War Round Table and in April, 2015, he was a scheduled speaker at the U. S. National Archives to discuss the Lincoln assassination.

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