Theatergoers at Ford’s Theatre were shocked last night as debonair heart-throb John Wilkes Booth turned into a cold-hearted killer, shooting President Lincoln and then leaping from the Presidential box to make his escape across the stage. Booth, of the well known Booth acting dynasty, is best known for his appearances in such works as Hamlet, Richard III, and Charles Selby’s The Marble Heart. Widely hailed as “the most promising young actor on the American stage” Booth made an appropriately theatrical exit last night, apppropriating Brutus’s famous lines “sic semper tyrannis” as he limped from the stage. His current whereabouts are unknown, although a massive manhunt is underway to bring down the curtain on this final performance.
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