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Manhunt: Dr. Samuel Mudd

What do you think of Dr. Samuel Mudd? Was he guilty, and of what?


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Dr. Mudd was guilty; he met with Booth and the others in 1864 and there were plans discussed about kidnapping Lincoln. He also was keeping assorted gun, etc. that Booth sent him and said he would pick them up later but never did. Mudd is also guilty of helping Booth set his broken leg and letting him stay a few hours to rest.
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He was without a doubt guilty of aiding a fugitive. He knew who Booth was. He had met him earlier and was aware of the plans Booth had to kidnap the President. He withheld important information from the federal authorities.
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Re: Manhunt: Dr. Samuel Mudd



Donti wrote:
He was without a doubt guilty of aiding a fugitive. He knew who Booth was. He had met him earlier and was aware of the plans Booth had to kidnap the President. He withheld important information from the federal authorities.




I agree. I think Mudd tried to get around things by claiming that he was only complying with the Hippocratic Oath, and some things I read years ago portrayed him as a hapless pawn, but that argument has pretty much been decimated.
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Re: Manhunt: Dr. Samuel Mudd


BookClubEditor wrote:

What do you think of Dr. Samuel Mudd? Was he guilty, and of what?




Even Dr Mudd himself knew he was guilty of conspiracy and aiding and abetting. After he did all he could to help Booth, then he got scared and to cover his tracks had his brother go tell the Union Soldiers that "two strangers" had been at his house that he was uncomfortable with. Then after he was taken, he withheld important information, gave some truths and some lies trying to cover his part in it all from clear back to the conspiracy to kidnap the President.


OH HEY, I found the title and content of this movie I thought i had seen ages ago with Dennis Weaver playing Dr Mudd and I dont remember much of it, but thought it portrayed him as an innocent country doctor and look what I found about it at a video rental site! Man if this is still out there to rent, I will have to check it out again. heres what it says:

THE ORDEAL OF DR MUDD
2. Dennis Weaver stars in this made-for-television film chronicling a little-known figure in American history. In 1865, Maryland physician Samuel Mudd (Weaver) became inadvertently linked to the murder of President Abraham Lincoln when he treated the broken leg of assassin John Wilkes Booth. Framed as Booth's co-conspirator, Mudd was sentenced to a lifetime of hard labor and suffered years of cruelty and hardship at a notorious penal colony. Mudd's wife Frances (Susan Sullivan) continued to maintain her husband's innocence throughout his ordeal until he was finally pardoned by President Andrew Johnson for acts of bravery during a yellow fever epidemic.
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