Why Castrated Mad Hatter Murdered Lincoln’s Killer and Was Called a Hero

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Emmy-nominated comedian Jesse Joyce says Lincoln’s assassination by John Wilkes Booth led to very different outcomes for two people forever linked to him—his brother, Edwin, and Booth’s own killer, Boston Corbett.

In his new book, Killing the Guys Who Killed The Guy Who Killed Lincoln, Joyce explores the journeys of Booth’s killer—a mercury-poisoned mad hatter who castrated himself to end up being declared a patriot—and Booth’s own brother, a renowned actor and huge celebrity at the time, who soon became known only by his association to his younger brother.

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