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Jean-Pierre Parent ... John Wilkes Booth
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Shaun C. Grenan ... David Herold

Janet Vincent Lee ... Mary Surratt
Ed Mantell ... Bounty Hunter

John Neely ... Stanton
A.J. Roberts ... Bounty Hunter
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Tom Jennings 
 
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Tom Jennings .... producer
Hani Shafi .... executive producer
 
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Jenna McFeely 
 
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Hani Shafi .... post-production supervisor
 
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Paul Kavadias .... on-line editor
 
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Anna Dean .... lead production assistant
A.J. Roberts .... animal wrangler
Hani Shafi .... program coordinator
 

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Winner of 2008 Telly Award: Tom Jennings Productions, Silver for Outstanding Documentary.See more »

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Worth Watching, 22 April 2012
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth (2007)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Very good documentary from The History Channel takes a look at John Wilkes Booth's actions on April 14, 1865, which led to the death of President Abraham Lincoln and the next twelve days as the assassin discovered that he was the most wanted man in America. Historians Terry Alford, Michael Kauffman, Doris Kearns Goodwin and U.S. Marshall John Clark are among the people interviewed as they discuss the assassination of the President and Booth's actions after wards, which led to several others being killed and convicted of crimes. I think the most fascinating aspect of this entire story is just hearing how Booth thought for certain that he was going to be held as a great man because of what he did. It's funny to think that he was basically riding around thinking he was a hero not knowing that nearly everyone hated him and wanted to see him captured. The stories dealing with Booth finally finding out that he was hated were quite strange and then we go into his diary writings where he's clearly upset that he's being looked at as a monster. A lot of details are given about the 12 days following the assassination as we hear about Booth's tracks but we also hear what else was going on in regards to hunting down other people involved. We also learn how the entire country was thrown in a state of chaos as those showing sympathy towards Booth were often killed. There have been many documentaries about this subject but there's no question that this here is one of the best. I'm sure history buffs won't learn anything new but this is a great place for those unfamiliar with all the events to start.

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