Killers in color: Images of Abraham Lincoln's assassins

These fascinating colourised photos bring to life the men who assassinated Abraham Lincoln.

The striking images feature in a new book titled Retrographic: History in Living Colour by Michael Carroll. 

They show the conspirators handcuffed before their trial and a picture of their hanging alongside a colourised image of what is thought to be the last photo of Lincoln before his death. 

David  Herold who led Booth's escape

Lewis Powell who failed to kill Secretary of State William Seward

These fascinating colourised photos bring to life the men involved in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Left: David  Herold who led Booth's escape. Right: Lewis Powell who failed to kill Secretary of State William Seward

From left to right: Mary Surratt, Lewis Powell, George Atzerodt, David Herold being taken to the scaffold on July 7th 1865

From left to right: Mary Surratt, Lewis Powell, George Atzerodt, David Herold being taken to the scaffold on July 7th 1865

The 16th President of the United States was shot dead at the theatre by well-known stage actor John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865. 

David Herold, Lewis Powell, George Atzerodt and Mary Surratt were executed for their role in the assassination.

Michael O'Laughlen, Samuel Arnold, Samuel Mudd and Edmund Spangler were imprisoned. 

Each conspirator was assigned a different role in the comprehensive assassination attempt of several high-profile government members.

Edmund Spangler helped Booth escape but he was spared death because he didn't know about the assassination in advance. Booth was shot by Union forces after a dramatic 12-day manhunt led by David Herold.

Powell had been responsible for the bungled assassination attempt of the Secretary of State, William Seward on the same night. 

Samuel Arnold without handcuffs

Edmund Spangler, who was accused of helping Booth flee the scene of the murder

Left: Long-time friend of Booth, Samuel Arnold, without handcuffs. Right: Edmund Spangler, who was accused of helping Booth flee the scene of the murder

Atzerodt had been planning an attempt of the life of the Vice President, Andrew Johnson, but is said to have lost his nerve.

The conspirators met in a Washington boarding house owned by Mary Surratt.

The trial of the conspirators ended on June 30 with Surratt, Powell, Herold, and Atzerodt all sentenced to death.

They were given a military trial as opposed to a civilian one, though, with much controversy over the way in which it was handled.

A colourised image of what is thought to be the last photo of Lincoln before his death

John Wilkes Booth

Left: A colourised image of what is thought

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