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LINCOLN ASSASSINATION SPELLED DOOM FOR EVERYONE IN BOX

Theater-goers in Ford’s box suffered horrific outcomes

The assassination of President Lincoln at Ford’s Theater as depicted by Currier and Ives.

The assassination of President Lincoln at Ford’s Theater as depicted by Currier and Ives.

By Tom Emery/For the Richmond News

The night of April 14, 1865, proved fateful for Abraham Lincoln, who was mortally wounded by an assassin’s bullet and died the next day. Lesser known is that everyone in the presidential box at Ford’s Theater that night suffered horrific outcomes.

The assassin, John Wilkes Booth, escaped, only to be mortally wounded by a Union soldier 12 days later. Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd, never recovered from that Good Friday evening, struggling with mental instabilities, public scorn and isolation for the rest of her life.

Even more disturbing is the fate of the young couple who were the Lincolns’ guests that night, Henry Rathbone and Clara Harris. They later married – but Henry lost his mental faculties, murdered Clara in 1883, and spent the rest of his life in an asylum.

The complete story is in the Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 Richmond News.

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