Researchers at the Andrew Jackson Papers Project at the University of Tennessee have found as authentic
a letter that threatened the life of President Andrew Jackson, the letter was written by the father of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. English born Shakespearean actor Junius Brutus Booth threatened Jackson that he would "cut your throat whilst you are sleeping" because he was upset over the prosecution of two pirates in a trial that was said to be the OJ Simpson trial of the day. So the father of the man who murdered one of the founding fathers of the Republican Party threatened to murder the founding father of the Democratic Party over the prosecution of pirates, rather than any of President Jackson's actual disgraces. It is interesting that John Wilkes Booth fancied himself as Brutus, a plotter against the life of Julius Caesar, Shakespearean character (et tu, Brute?) and the given middle name of his father. Once again, the nuts don't fall far from the trees.
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Labels: Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, John Wilkes Booth, Junius Brutus Booth