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Samuel Alexander Mudd I, M.D.

The only solid evidence that shows that Dr. Mudd was complicit in the conspiracy is that after the murder of Lincoln, Booth broke his leg and reappeared at the Mudd’s farm where Mudd set the leg and ordered a carpenter to make crutches for Booth. There would have been no way for Mudd to know when Booth appeared at the farm that Booth had murdered the President unless Booth told Mudd about the murder or that Mudd was complicit in the conspiracy. However, later in time and in compliance with a search warrant, Mudd turned over Wilkes’ old boot that he cut off the patient at the time he set the leg. Nonetheless, the act of setting Booth’s leg either shows that Mudd knew or should have known what was going on, or he was extremely stupid. Some historians argue that Mudd knew while others argue he did not know.

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