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The Alembic Files
Booth's Final Role: A Real Live Ghost
A. L. Aric
 Anonymous  Contact Contributor
April 16, 2019, 1:44 p.m.
Booth hopscotches through the Northeast, Quebec, the Caribbean and obtains a passport through the British Consulate in San Francisco, having “appropriated” the identity of British immigrant John B. Wilkes, then of Terre Haute, Indiana.

Three women recount the time they spent with Booth after his “death.” Booth’s reputed wife Izola is aided by another “dead” man in her efforts to join Booth in San Francisco.

Booth’s treachery knows no bounds as he cuts Izola adrift on the Pacific from the ship he commissioned to take them to India. She survives.

Years later, Booth as Wilkes returns to the United States for a brief time with his last wife, the former Elizabeth Marshall Burnley of England. After Booth’s death, she writes a series of letters importuning U.S. Grant—whom she had met in 1877in India during his post-Presidential global tour—to release Booth’s frozen assets for a dispersal among her, her daughters, three other women and the children they bore him.

Booth, as John B. Wilkes, “believing death to be imminent,” executes his will, Sept. 12, 1883, in Bombay, India, and is buried in Guwahati. The will is certified and probated in the U.S. and its instructions followed. The real John B. Wilkes, formerly of Sheffield, England, dies in Terre Haute in 1912.
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