Dec
11

CASANOVA OF ASSASSINS John Wilkes Booth

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One young lady writes,

“Before I heard the doctors tell the dangers of a kiss I had considered kissing you the nearest thing to bliss. But now I know biology and sit and sigh and moan, six million mad bacteria and I thought we were alone!”
John Wilkes Booth was in1838 on a farm just outside of Baltimore, Maryland.  His father was Junius Booth, an Englishman who was one of the most famous Shakespearean actors of his day.  But Junius was also a womanizer.  After impregnating two different teenage girls as a youth (both of whom Junius’s father provided for) Junius married a young lady named Adelaide, with whom he had a child, Richard.  But then Junius fell in love with a fellow actress named, Mary.  And so Junius concocted a plan whereby he told his wife, Adelaide, that as an actor he needed to go to America because that was where the future of the theatre was.  Junius in turn, would then send back money and return home between  drama engagements.  So Junius and Mary travelled to America, feigned themselves off as husband and wife and had nine children out of wedlock, the last one being John.  And the charade worked for twenty years until Richard, Junius’s legitimate son back in England, came to America and discovered the ruse.  Junius’s legal wife, Adelaide, then came across the ocean and let all of America know what a scoundrel her husband Junius was.  For instance, wherever famous Junius was performing, Adelaide would take out a newspaper ad in that city, detailing his adultery.  Then, at the theatre, she would carry a sign with the scarlet letter “A” on it, and yell out what kind of sinner people were going to see. Eventually a divorce was secured, but not without costing Junius just about every dime he had and tarring all nine children with the social stain of illegitimacy.  But fortunately for the Booths (just like Hollywood today) the theatre was the one place where you could live-in-sin and it didn’t matter – only, can you act?  So to help ends meet, young John took up acting and it wasn’t long before all could see he was even more gifted on stage than his father.  Soon the money started rolling in as the handsome and charming John Wilkes Booth was performing night after night before standing-room-only crowds.  However, the son also followed in his father’s footsteps in another area – with women.  It was said that the only thing John Wilkes Booth knew better than the theatres in cities were the brothels in cities.  And so it should come as no surprise that when the assassin was shot dead, a number of pictures of women were found in his wallet.  It should also come as no shock that Booth contracted a number of sexually transmitted diseases, including syphilis: which first destroyed his body (including the voice) and then destroyed his brain (causing derangement).  And so 27-year old John Wilkes Booth – out of acting due to losing his voice and out of mind due to the south losing the war – took his STD-induced madness out on the President of the U.S., murdering Abraham Lincoln.

The bottom line?  In the Book of Proverbs, Solomon repeatedly (2:16-22; 5:3-14; 6:24-32) warns his son of the danger of not staying on the straight-and-narrow when it comes to sexual passion -  And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed.