Abraham Lincoln was assassinated from a
balcony, and in the process the assassin fell off and broke his
leg. He somehow escaped capture by fleeing into the countryside
on horse and found a doctor, a Dr Mudd, to help mend his leg. Dr.
Mudd had no idea who he was helping, and even if he did he was
under a Hippocratic oath to help the sick and injured. He is
believed to be the descendant of my (paternal) granddad's
grandparents (or possibly great grandparents), who we know
emigrated to the USA in the early 19th century. Anyway, Dr. Mudd
was incarcerated for years despite not having committed a crime.
While in jail, he setup a prison hospital and worked tirelessly
on helping sick and injured prisoners get better in the apalling
prisons of the 19th century. Eventually he was set free but with
no pardon nor apology. It took his family and next of kin nearly
80 years to win official recognition of his wrong treatment and
good old John F. Kennedy finally granted a full reprieve and
pardon to Dr. Mudd and his whole family.
(My knowledge of this is based on an official film made in the mid 1980's, based upon the true story).
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