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Jesse James Poisoned Lincoln's Assassin

June 30, 2014

Jesse_and_Frank_James.jpg(Brothers Jesse,left, and Frank James strike a Masonic pose)

After John Wilkes Booth was poisoned
for breaking his Masonic oath of silence,
his mummified corpse was
rented out
to carnivals and sideshows.

"All of the men in Lincoln's cabinet were Knights [of the Golden Circle], save for Lincoln.
The KGC was heavily financed by the London and Paris Rothschild brothers. Their goal was to foment as much chaos and discord as possible in order to keep the country divided and to usher in a Rothschild-owned central bank.

Part One - Lincoln's Assassin Escaped

by Mark Owen

from Jan 21, 2011

The outlaw Jesse James killed the actor John Wilkes Booth at the Grand Avenue Hotel in Enid, Oklahoma in 1903 after Booth repeatedly reneged on his oath to never talk about his secret membership in the Masonic-oriented Knights of the Golden Circle (KGC) and his role in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Let's rewind.

JohnWilkesBooth_LG.jpg(left, John Wilkes Booth)

Booth's heavy drinking combined with his continual boasting of KGC exploits eventually brought him to the attention of Jesse James. It was also reported that Booth would become particularly verbose when he partook of laudanum, an opium derivative.

Again, we have to rewind...

The outlaw Jesse James was not killed by Bob Ford in 1882. Jesse faked his death as an expedient way to throw off Pinkerton agents, assorted railroad barons, gun fighters and the bounty hunters who were scouring the country for him.

He and Ford would become partners in many business ventures spanning decades. James operated under more than 50 aliases in his long life before dying at the advanced age of 107 under the alias J. Frank Dalton in 1951 in Lawton, Oklahoma.

jesse-james.jpgJesse James, left, was a 33rd degree Freemason and a high-ranking Knight of the Golden Circle.

The KGC evolved from a Scottish secret group known as The Society of the Horseman's Word, otherwise known as the Horse Whisperers. This fraternity recited passages from the Bible backwards and practiced folk magic as part of their rituals, in addition to having Masonic-style oaths.

Headquarters for the Knights of the Golden Circle was 814 Fatherland Dr. in Nashville. This was the home of KGC operative Frank James, elder brother of Jesse James. Years later it became the Dixie Tabernacle, original home of the Grand Ole Opry.

The KGC claimed 200,000 members all over America during the war. All of the men in Lincoln's cabinet were Knights, save for Lincoln. The KGC was heavily financed by the London and Paris Rothschild brothers. Their goal was to foment as much chaos and discord as possible in order to keep the country divided and to usher in a Rothschild-owned central bank.

But Lincoln had his own plans. During his presidency, his 50% tariff jump-started the American steel industry, while his railroads, subsidies for mining, free land for farmers and free state colleges transformed a bankrupt cotton-exporting country into the world's greatest industrial power within 25 years.

 Lincoln knew that he was waging a separate but equally brutal war against Rothschild-dominated Wall St. firms with his attempt to reassert government control of its credit. He put through anti-usury and other strict banking laws, sold bonds directly to the people and issued hundreds of millions of national currency.

With these reforms "The Great Emancipator" had signed his own death warrant.

Lincoln knew that his time was short. He confided to his bodyguard Ward Lamont a week before he was killed that he had a vision of his own death.

But there were powerful people that believed in him.


czar1.jpgDuring the Civil War Lincoln negotiated a pact with Czar Alexander II of Russia (left) whereby the Russian Navy was sent into the ports of San Francisco and New York to help block the Rothschild ships that were running armaments to the South.

After the appearance of the Russian ships in American waters, the Rothschilds canceled contracts to build more blockade running boats. The Czar won the day for the North as Russia promised to go to war with any nation that attacked America.

 In 1867 when the war ended and Lincoln was dead, President Andrew Johnson received a bill in the amount of $7.2 million for the rental of the Russian fleet. The Constitution forbids giving tax dollars to any foreign nation for any reason whatever except for the purchase of land. Johnson directed Secretary of State William Seward to purchase Alaska from the Russians for $7.2 million.

These details of 'Seward's Folly' have been excised from the historical record. This is because Imperial Russia was the only European country without a central bank. They were the greatest foes of the Rothschild Syndicate.

Also, since the time of the Empress Elizabeth, Russian Jews had been confined to an area known as the Pale of Settlement. Jews could not live beyond the Pale. Long ago, attempts were made to remove all Jews from Russia entirely unless they converted to the Orthodox Church. The Pale of Settlement was the next best solution. 

The Rothshchilds underwrote the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. The murder of Czar Nicholas and his family was their revenge for the treatment of their co-"religionists" in times past and for daring to stand against the inauguration of a Rothschild dominated central bank.


jb.jpgAnd the Rothschilds also underwrote the financing of the Knights of the Golden Circle. Their gold and dollars were laundered through a Montreal bank by  Confederate Secretary of State, Judah Benjamin, left,  'the brains of the revolt.' Benjamin was running so many Confederate spies out of Montreal that it was known as 'the second Richmond.'

Benjamin was very wealthy and owned a sugar plantation manned by 140 slaves. After the war, he fled Richmond and eventually wound up in London where he made a very comfortable living as a Queen's Counsel. It is difficult to get data on Benjamin as he burned his personal notes so frequently that one historian referred to him as a 'virtual incendiary.'

After the Lincoln assassination, police found decoding sheets in Booth's Washington hotel room. A matching coding device was found in Benjamin's Richmond office.


Jesse James was the treasurer and comptroller in sole possession of all gold & silver bullion and money of the Knights of the Golden Circle. In this capacity he paid Booth an annual pension of $3600 with the proviso that Booth honor his KGC oath of secrecy and never talk about their activities or the Lincoln assassination. He and other Knights repeatedly warned Booth to curb his loose tongue, but to no avail....

Jesse had no choice but to silence his Lodge Brother.

Jesse tracked Booth to the Grand Hotel in Enid one winter evening in 1903. Jesse made Booth drink a large glass of lemonade laced with a copious quantity of arsenic. Booth drank the lemonade and quickly expired. Jesse scattered many of Booth's papers around the corpse for easy identification. He then went down to the hotel lobby and gave the manager a gold coin and asked him to look in on his friend David George in the morning, as George was feeling ill.

The next day the press had a field day. The story exploded. Thousands of reporters came to Enid from all over the country to report the death of John Wilkes Booth.  Booth's body was taken to a mortuary across the street from the hotel that was owned by W.B. Penniman. Many people identified the corpse as Booth including a retired couple named Harper whom Booth had confided in.

MummyLarge2.jpgPenniman embalmed the body and coated it with Vaseline. The arsenic went a long way to preserving the skin. Booth's attorney Finis Bates read the press reports in Memphis and hastened to Enid where he identified the body. A funeral trade journal in 1909 stated that within a few weeks the corpse had 'the drawn and tanned look of an old mummy.'

Penniman laid Booth out in his mortuary and charged curiosity-seekers 10 cents a peek. Tourists viewing the corpse would steal the collar buttons and sometimes remove locks of hair for souvenirs. One intrepid visitor tried to sever one of the mummy's ears with a pocket knife.

But when the drawing power of the Booth mummy waned, Penniman handed over the body to Finis Bates. Later on, Bates rented out the body to carnivals and sideshows. The corpse traveled for years as part of a show featuring freaks and strange animals. It even emerged unscathed from a circus train wreck that killed eight people. At one point the mummy was even kidnapped and ransomed. In 1931 it turned up in Chicago where a group of doctors performed an autopsy and took an x-ray and pronounced its Booth-like injuries authentic.

In 1932, a couple named Harkin bought the mummy and displayed it from the back of their truck. Hecklers would sometimes claim that the mummy was made out of wax, but Mrs. Harkin silenced them by rolling the mummy over and opening a flap on its back that had been cut away during the original autopsy. The mummy wore nothing but khaki shorts and between shows Mrs. Harkin would lacquer the skin with Vaseline and comb its hair.

Some wag declared that John Wilkes Booth was back in show business.....The mummy vanished from the public eye in the 1950s.


Mark Owen is a researcher living in Toronto. He can be reached at

Part One- Lincoln Assassin Escaped
Some articles consulted:

Why the British Kill American Presidents by Anton Chaitkin, The New Federalist 1995

The Rothschild's International Plot to Kill Lincoln by Paul Goldstein, New Solidarity 1976

Why the Rothschilds Murdered Lincoln by Barbara Dreyfuss, New Solidarity 1976

The Mummy Mystery by Michael Finger, Memphis Flyer 2007

Some books consulted:

Escape and Suicide of John Wilkes Booth by Finis Bates 1908

Escape and Wanderings of John Wilkes Booth by WP Campbell 1922

Return of Assassin John Wilkes Booth by WC Jameson 1999

Lincoln Money Martyred by Fabius Melton Butler 1935

This One Mad Act by Izola Forrester 1937

Murdering Mr. Lincoln by Charles Higham 2004

The Lincoln Conspiracy by David Balsiger 1977

Jesse James United States Senator by Ralph Epperson 2005

Jesse James and the Lost Cause by Jesse Lee James 1961

Jesse James Was One Of His Names by Del Shrader 1975

First Comment from Dan:

I hate to spoil a good campfire story.  I used to be a Civil War 'buff' and lived out West, so I know the parts of the above scenario that are omitted.

First, things I agree with.  I concur that Booth was under distant direction of Judah Benjamin, Rothchild/Crown agent. Not directly;  Booth's handler was Simon Wolf (1836-1923) through his 'Washington Drama Society'.  Booth and Wolf played the lead roles on the same stage:  Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice.

Wolf immigrated from Bavaria in 1848.  History books say he was "made friendships with presidents Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, William McKinley and Woodrow Wilson" without going into details of how he gained that stature.  Anton Chaitkin says he was a Rothschild 'bag man'.  It's not likely Booth ever met Judah Benjamin in person, but they were connected through Wolf, and the B'nai Brith. 

When Booth's wardrobe trunk was seized by Federal authorities from Booth's room at the Willard Hotel, it was found to contain a KGC uniform, full B'nai Brith regalia, plus a spy's code sheet that matched one found in Judah Benjamin's abandoned office in Richmond.

* Simon Wolf: Private Conscience and Public Image, pg. 25

Now, things I differ with.  The story that Booth was alive and well in 1903, to die of poison in Enid Oklahoma came from a 1907 best selling book by Finis Langdon Bates; 'The Escape and Suicide of John Wilkes Booth'.    This version said Booth had settled in Granbury Texas under the name "John St. Helen".   During an illness in 1903 Booth made a delirious 'deathbed confession', but recovered.   He fled to Enid, where Bates said he committed suicide.  Bate's book caused a national sensation.  And Bates did indeed own the lucrative mummy of the alleged Booth. 

Now here's the rest of the story.   When news of 'resurrection' of John Wilkes Boothe reach Baltimore mayor William M. Pegram in 1913, he published the affidavit that he'd been one of the people who knew Booth that had officially identified the body when it was exhumed in 1869. That's when the body was returned to Booth family by Federal authorities, who had buried it in a prison in 1865.  

The controversy sold a lot of newspapers for years and in 1919 Dearborn Independent owner Henry Ford weighed in on the case hoping to justify his "history is bunk" quip.   So Ford hoped his researchers could prove that history was wrong about Booth.  However by 1923 Ford's researchers advised him that Bate's book was a hoax.

And Jesse James?   By 1882 the James had split up, and Jesse assumed the name "Tom Howard" as husband and father in a rented house in Kearney, Missouri.  He was, however, still running a robbery sideline with the Ford brothers.  Bob Ford ate breakfast with Jesse and his wife on April 3rd.  Soon as he was alone with Jesse in the parlor, Ford shot him in the back of the head for the $5,000 reward, and a promise of amnesty from the governor.

My grandfather (b. 1891) taught me a popular song of his boyhood, "And the dirty little coward, shot Mister Howard, and laid Jesse James in his grave".

Well, partner, if Jesse James was laid in that grave in 1882, he couldn't of poisoned John Wilkes Booth in 1903.    I remember the controversy raged until 1995, when mitochondrial DNA typing made it possible to sort these things out once and for all.   Armed with DNA samples from Jesse's living descendants,  the body buried in Kearney, Missouri was exhumed, and the DNA matched.

Still, the truth about what these men were really involved in is a lot more interesting than campfire stories.  Just look at the grave sites -- every one of them has a big, phallic OBELISK monument high Masonry.

Scruples - the game of moral dillemas

Comments for "Jesse James Poisoned Lincoln's Assassin"

Joe O said (July 2, 2014):

Henry, I did some research on Simon Wolf and it appears that Dan may be correct. Here is an interesting article I found when I did some research on Simon Wolf: Simon Wolf's Role in the Assassination of President Lincoln

Dan M said (July 1, 2014):

My landlady in Georgetown, DC during college was the great grand-niece of Mary Surat, the first woman hung in the US. She had the trial transcript, said Mary was railroaded & hooded during prison and that her co-conspirator-with-Booth son John Surat ended up a Swiss guard at the Vatican. Mary Surat was a scapegoat, as was Dr. Mudd (source of "name is mud").

My great-grandfather, a captain in Union army and immigrant from Ireland, was inexplicably moved six blocks from Ford's Theater the night Lincoln was shot.

Thomas Dilorenzo is excellent exposing Lincoln's [assassin] complicities.

Mississippi Public Television did an excellent 3-part documentary on Jefferson Davis, but locally parts 2 and 3 were shown at 2:00 AM, so we
bought the program.

We've visited the James' home in St. Joseph, Missouri; the nearby hotel was owned by a Confederate sympathizer who won it back in a raffle after the South lost.

Raymond said (June 30, 2014):

Quote: The Rothshchilds underwrote the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. The murder of Czar Nicholas and his family was their revenge for the treatment of their co-"religionists" in times past and for daring to stand against the inauguration of a Rothschild dominated central bank.

Look the Rothshchilds didn't give a crap about their so called co-"religionists". It's always about MONEY. e.g. Rothschild dominated central bank!

Glen said (June 30, 2014):

I have spent quite a lot of time researching the civil war and I must say, I think this article is very misleading. I know Lincoln was a Hamiltonian and a fan of not only a strong central government, but much in favor of central banks as well. One of the best series I have read on the Lincoln assignation was written by author David McGowan.

Bill said (January 23, 2011):

The article on Lincoln again white washes this evil man. Lincoln was a a correspondent of Karl Marx, enacted many of Marx's ideas - such as the income tax and a National Bank, and many of his generals were German communists who had been run out of Germany after the 1848 Revolution failed there. Marx was quite fulsome in his praise of Lincoln.

We know that Lincoln was not a Christian and that his wife held seances in the White House. Whether Lincoln was an actual satanist is not known. He was definitely a member of the power elite, having been a top corporate attorney. He paid his old railroad pals back in rights of way, free federal land and federal money.

Further, it was Lincoln who conceived, initiated and propagated the war against the South in violation of the Constitution and agreements among the States who had formed the Union that they had a right to leave the compact. This resulted in some 700,000 Americans dead in the War, the South left in slavery and ashes, and Yankee rapaciousness predominant.

It is also a fact that the majority of the Northern populace refused to fight for Lincoln, so he scoured the ports in Ireland and elsewhere promising instant citizenship if they would enlist in the Union army. I have read that more than 60% of the Yankee army was not born in the U.S. No wonder they were so willing to burn, rape and pillage through the South.

M.A. said (January 22, 2011):

Henry, it doesn’t come as a shock at all that most historical events we take for granted are fairy tales designed to control us. That Jesse James and J.W. Boothe didn’t die as reported, but as Mark Owen documents, is entirely plausible.

We’re in the process of having all the illusions we’ve been saddled with stripped before our eyes (who was behind 911, why we were attacked at Pearl Harbor, who killed JFK, what happened at Tonkin Gulf that started the Vietnam war).

Just in the last few years I learned that Madame Curie, who we were always taught won the Nobel prize for the discovery of radium, in fact just accepted the award for her husband Pierre, who after a lifetime’s exposure to radium was too sick to go to Stockholm.

There's a good book called Double Lives by Stephen Koch. While nominally the story of a Bolshevik operative named Willi Munzunberg, it is really about how popular culture is fabricated to convince a people to go along with government policies that are not in their best interests. The moral is: it's nothing new, it's just been so perfected over generations (through TV, film, best-selling authors who shill for the shadow government, respected "commentators" on the evening news) that it's very difficult for most to break free of.

Dick said (January 22, 2011):

Thanks to you and Mark Owen for a very interesting article. Not
only a lot of interesting details that were new to me, but a proper
assessment of Abraham Lincoln, one of the truest American patriots
and heroes. One of the more interesting photos of Lincoln is this

Allan Pinkerton on the left (Scottish immigrant (British spy?) and
founder of Pinkerton securities, mentioned in the article as having
"failed" to capture James). Major General McClernand on the right,
who brought Pinkerton into Lincoln's secret service.

Henry Makow received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1982. He welcomes your comments at