John Wilkes Booth died on this day in 1865 — 12 days after the actor assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. Booth may have been a killer, but his father was highly averse to violence of any kind. "You should never kill a fly," Junius Booth once instructed his children. The family’s physician noted that the elder Booth "will not eat meat forsooth because it encourages acts of suffering to animals."
After murdering the president in April 1865, Booth fled by horse and traveled south into Maryland. One sympathetic farmer allowed Booth and fellow conspirator David Herold to stay on his property, but he was too cautious to allow them to eat supper indoors with his family. “Oh, can’t I go in and get some of your hot coffee?” Booth pleaded without success.