While we are certainly in agreement that WHO, HOW and WHY are important questions. But, nobody is agreeing with you that the process starts at any particular point. Loren mentioned Shay's Rebellion of 1786. Rick Stanley mentioned the Flavian Caesars and their attack on Judaea, accompanied by the invention of Christianity. When it comes to assassinations, how could we forget Abraham Lincoln? I've agreed that the JFK assassination was a milestone, but only one among many.
Service Confederate Secret Service
Rank courier, spy
Operation(s) co-conspirator in plan to kidnap U.S. President Abraham Lincoln
Other work Friend of John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln
John Harrison Surratt, Jr. in Papal Zouave uniform, c. 1867.
example of un-i-forms [Douwe and Matthijs Walta from Workum, two Dutch Zouaves serving under pope Pius IX in 1870.The Papal Zouaves (Italian: Zuavi Pontifici) were an infantry force formed in defence of the Papal States.]
When he learned of the assassination, Surratt fled to Canada. He reached Montreal on April 17, 1865. He then went to St. Liboire, where a Catholic priest, Father Charles Boucher, gave him sanctuary. Surratt remained there while his mother was arrested, tried and hanged for conspiracy in the United States.
Aided by ex-Confederate agents Beverly Tucker and Edwin Lee, Surratt booked passage under an alias and disguise and landed at Liverpool in September, where he lodged in the oratory at the Church of the Holy Cross.
Surrat would later serve for a time in the Ninth Company of the Pontifical Zouave in the Papal States, using the name John Watson;
John Harrison Surratt, Jr. (April 13, 1844 – April 21, 1916) was accused of plotting with John Wilkes Booth to kidnap U.S. president Abraham Lincoln and suspected of involvement in the Abraham Lincoln assassination. His mother Mary Surratt was convicted of conspiracy and hanged by the United States Federal Government. She owned the boarding house where Booth and fellow conspirators planned the scheme.
John Harrison Surratt, Jr. avoided arrest immediately after the assassination by fleeing the country, as the other conspirators were executed by hanging. He served briefly as a Papal Zouave before his later arrest and extradition from Egypt. By the time he returned to the United States the statute of limitations had expired on most of the potential charges and he was not convicted.
Marcus Junius Brutus - Simple English Wikipedia, the free ...
Marcus Junius Brutus (early June 85 BC – late October 42 BC), usually referred to as Brutus, was a politician of the late Roman Republic. He is best …
Booth's parents, the noted British Shakespearean actor Junius Brutus Booth and his mistress Mary Ann Holmes, came to the United States from England in June 1821
John Wilkes Booth
1850s and 1860s stage career
Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
Religion Episcopalianism, possibly later "Catholicism"
Parent(s) 'Junius' "Brutus" Booth
(1 May 1796 – 30 November 1852) was an English stage actor. He was the father of John Wilkes Booth, Edwin Booth, the foremost tragedian of the mid-to-late 19th century, and Junius Brutus
Junius Brutus Booth
In 1835, Booth wrote a letter to President Andrew Jackson, demanding he pardon two pirates. In the letter, he threatened to kill the President. Though there would also be an actual attempt of assassination on the President early that year, the letter was believed to be a hoax, until a handwriting analysis of a letter written some days after the threat concluded that the letter was, in fact, written by Booth. Booth apologized to Jackson, though it is likely that since he and Jackson were friends, the "threat" was Booth's clumsy attempt at a joke. Decades later, Booth’s son, John Wilkes, assassinated president Abraham Lincoln.
L-to-r: Booth's sons, John, Edwin and Junius, Jr. in Julius Caesar