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 on: June 02, 2018, 05:36:06 PM 
Started by Joe Gleason - Last post by Joe Gleason
Richard Sloan (emma1231) has done a wonderful job explaining aspects of the Linbergh Kidnapping on the Travel Channel's Mysteries at the Museum. Richard is an expert in the field of this controversial yet fascinating mystery. Watch the trailer here at

More discussion on the topic here at :

Congrats again to Richard! Smiley

John Howard, narrator of the John Wilkes Booth Escape Tours sponsored by the Surratt House Museum,is also
very well educated in the story of the Linbergh Kidnapping. (I hope you're still working on that book!)  Wink

 on: May 12, 2018, 05:01:55 PM 
Started by Joe Gleason - Last post by Joe Gleason
You're welcome!  Smiley
I stumbled on the old land records and thought they might be relevant. I knew that several of the Soper
families lived there but didn't realize until now that they were there for hundreds of years. Amazing...

 on: May 12, 2018, 02:16:24 PM 
Started by Joe Gleason - Last post by Dan
Fantastic research Joe. Thank you!

 on: May 10, 2018, 11:49:27 AM 
Started by maykeith - Last post by Joe Gleason
 Emma, it sounds like an interesting topic.  Looking forward to your post.  Smiley

Cliff has done a great deal of research on the Wardell Letter. Read more in this earlier post.

 on: May 10, 2018, 09:58:58 AM 
Started by Joe Gleason - Last post by Joe Gleason
                                                    "Right at the foot of Soper's Hill"
                                                                            David Herold

When John Wilkes Booth jumped from the box after assassinating President Lincoln he landed with his left foot first causing him to fall on his right knee. Many believe that he broke his leg when he hit the stage. Some believe that he broke it when his horse fell on him at the foot of Soper's Hill .

While there are arguments on both sides, not a witness at Ford's Theatre saw Booth limp, hobble, stumble, or gave any indications that he had broken his leg when he landed on the stage. While I tend to land on the side with overwhelming evidence, this post is more about the actual location of Soper's Hill.

This list of witnesses that saw Booth running was compiled by John Elliott, in "State Your Case/ How Did Booth Break His Leg"

A.M.S Crawford – “I saw him as he RAN across the stage” Harry Hawk – “as he was RUSHING towards me with a dagger”
James P. Ferguson – “he ran directly across the stage”
Basset – “RAN across the stage”
Edwin Bates – “RUSHED RAPIDLY across the stage”
Frederick A. Sawyer – “RAN with lightening speed across the stage”
Jason S. Knox – “RUSHED across the stage”
Harry Hawk (letter to his parents) – “RAN towards me”
Helen DuBarry – “as he crossed the stage”
Julie Adeline Shepherd – “RUSHES through the scenery”
Spencer Bronson – “and RAPID left the stage”
Maj.Gen Butler – “RAN to the opposite side of the stage”
Charles Sabin Taft – “Springing quickly to his feet with the suppleness of an athlete”,     “ RAPID stage stride
Samuel Koontz – “RUNNING across the stage”
John Downing Jr. – “striding across the stage”
G.B. Todd – “fled behind the scenes”
Sheldon P. McIntyre – “SPRANG to his feet”, “RAN across the stage”

Additional statements by
Joseph B. Stewart    _  "Rising to his feet, he RAN along the drop"'
Jacob Ritterspach     _  " RAN out the door"
Mary Jane Anderson  _   " Rush to the back door like lightening"
Joe Simms   " said something like "Revenge for the South"and made his escape" " He RAN  back in the rear part"  
William Withers  _  " as he RAN, I could not get out of his way"
Israel  Jaquette   _  " He RAN across the stage with a dirk knife in his hand"
Joseph B. Stewart  _  He was in his saddle, crouching forward, his LEFT FOOT in the stirrup
                                    The moment he got one foot in the stirrup, he spurred the horse

This alternative theory has Booth falling with his horse along the escape route at Soper's Hill. This interesting theory is also embraced by Mike Kauffmann. (American Brutus)
Read more of Mike's story at ...
While no land records reflect a property called Soper's Hill, there are a number that reveal Soper owned lots extending hundreds of acres across this particular hill, which is nestled between two creeks where the old road crossed, just a few miles from Surrattsville. Some 18th century land records refer to it as Hynson Creek or Hinson Creek. Members of this large extended family lived on the hill for over 250 years until the last of the Soper homes was built in 1910. Since the family was living there for centuries it's quite possible that it was commonly referred to as Soper's Hill. Read more about the Soper house here;76A-49.pdf

                                    Soper names listed in the index of the 1878 Hopkin's Atlas
A.P. Soper
A.W. Soper
Charles Soper
Jos. Soper
Mary Soper
Nancy Soper

This video shows Booth and Herolds path on the old abandoned road that crossed Henson Creek at the foot of Soper's Hill.

Here is a list of some properties on Soper's Hill.

Soper's Gleaming.  Leonard Soper, 66 Acres June 13, 1763
Soper's Rest,   Robert Soper,  74 Acres  March 10, 1744

Soper's Discovery,   Robert Soper  324 Acres  August 10, 1753

Soper's Part of Golden Rod Enlarged   Robert Soper    312  Acres  August 3, 1765

Soper's Addition,   Robert Soper  Sr.   74  Acres   June 5. 1775

Some additional statements

George Doyle  _ " these men were riding their horses to death to overtake each other"

Polk Gardiner  _  " I suppose five minutes elapsed between my meeting the horsemen."

David Herold  _       " On my way home, at the foot of Soper's Hill, between six and eight miles from Washington
                               I met Booth."
                             " saying that his horse had fallen or he was thrown off "

                               Where did you first meet Booth?    
                               A.  "right at the foot of Soper's Hill, between 7 & 8 miles from Washington".

Dr. Mudd  _            "he {Herold} would not need anyone to assist him in putting the injured man on his horse
                              as he had before put him on the horse at the time he broke his leg."
                            " one of their horses had fallen by which one of the men had broken his leg."
                            " he seemed to be very much injured in the back"
                            " I judge that in this case it originated from his fall and riding"
                            " the pantaloons of this man were covered in mud in many places"
Thomas Davis     " she was a bay mare...she was lame in her left front leg."
                            " Mrs. Mudd told me... that one of them had his leg broken by his horse falling down..."

 Elizabeth Quesenberry " for his horse had fallen and broken his leg."


" Upon examination I found there was a straight fracture of the tibia about two inches above the ankle."
" I had to cut the boot from his leg."
                                                                                                     Dr. Samuel Mudd


 on: April 24, 2018, 10:08:35 AM 
Started by maykeith - Last post by Cliff Roberts
Hi Emma!

I seem to recall we exchanged information some time back on another matter, but I'll be glad to answer any questions you may have on the Booth autopsy photo and the "Wardell" letter. I'm going to have to review my file on the autopsy and the Wardell claim so that I can respond intelligently to your questions. As for Ray Neff, he was exposed as a phony many years ago, so that any project he was associated with, including the ridiculous claims by Balsiger and Sellier in "The Lincoln Conspiracy," were immediately questioned. But it was really a vicious and unprovoked attack on two respected and acknowledged Lincoln scholars and collectors, appearing unchallenged on another web site, that caught my attention and led to my investigation into the long suspected but never discovered Booth autopsy photo. Follow-up to come.


 on: April 23, 2018, 11:53:07 AM 
Started by maykeith - Last post by emma1231
I'm trying to catch up on things, and have rarely (if ever) posted on this site.  That'll change.  I think I now have more time to devote to my interest in the assassination  than I've had over the last two years.  I have also renewed my interest in whether or not Alexander Gardner ever took a photo of Booth's autopsy.  I doubt that he took it, but it's the two documents about it that I am now interested in -- the one by James Wardell, claiming that he DID take it,and the one by Gardner's son, stating that he did NOT take it.   The 2013 posts I've read that Chris Roberts posted about the Wardell letter are most interesting and worthwhile.  I commend him for his insight and his research.  However, the last post I find from him  states that "Part 4" in his series will discuss the Gardner claim.  I can'tr seem to find that, and would like someone to tell me whereit is on this site!  I would also like to comment on  something Chris wrote.  He  mentioned the Neff-Guttridge Collection, but  apparently failed to realize that they were two consultants on the 1977 Sunn Classic movie and book tie-in, "The Lincoln Conspiracy."  Another consultant on that awful book and film was the late Joseph Lynch.  He was the man claiming to have discovered  --in possession of an unnamed Stanton descendant  --all of the following: --  a.)  the missing pages of Booth's diary, b.) the nooses used to hang Paine and Mrs. Surratt, c.) a piece of the scaffold beam from which the 4 alleged conspirators were hung, d.) the glass plate of Gurney's picture of Lincoln in his open casket, and e.) the glass plate or a print made from it that shows the  Booth autopsy.  We know that a. and  c. were proven to be FAKE. (Thanx to Messrs. Hall and Cauchon!)   So it's likely (tho not definitely) that b., d., and e. are also fake.  I cannot dismiss an idea I have, and which I would like to pursue.  Lynch claimed he didn't know Neff personally.  Without going into the reasons, Lynch told me over the phone how much he hated him and why.  I have this gut feeling that his hatred of Neff was really a ruse to keep us from knowing that they were actually in cahoots about some of their claims.  I think there is a connection between them and Ostendorf, concerning the Wardell letter and its claim that the autopsy picture was taken.  There has always been a suspicion that it was Neff who sold Ostendorf the Mariah Vance package of reminiscences that were found to be fake.  There has also been a suspicion that it was Neff who sold Ostendorf that supposed reading draft of the Gettysburg Address.  I may never be able to come up with anything, but I'd like to give it a shot.  If anyone has anything to offer, I'd enjoy hearing from them, whether it be pro or con.  Admittedly, Chris Roberts has gotten me going on this, and I thank him.  I look forward to some sort of discussion wiith him and others on this.

 on: February 26, 2018, 04:51:27 PM 
Started by Joe Gleason - Last post by Dan
Classic! Grin

 on: February 25, 2018, 07:39:37 PM 
Started by Joe Gleason - Last post by Joe Gleason
 Don't forget proper attire!   Cool         

 on: February 23, 2018, 06:29:56 PM 
Started by Joe Gleason - Last post by Dan
You got it my friend!

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