- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A descendant of the man convicted of aiding President Abraham Lincoln’s assassin will talk about their relationship during a lecture in East Lansing.

Thomas Mudd is scheduled to deliver a lecture Thursday evening entitled “The Mystery of Dr. Mudd and John Wilkes Booth” at the East Lansing Public Library. He’ll set out to rebut the claim that Samuel Mudd knowingly helped Booth escape following the assassination.

Mudd was sentenced to life in prison in 1865 for helping Booth after setting his broken leg. Mudd claimed he knew nothing of the killing and was pardoned four years later.

The talk is co-hosted by the Historical Society of Greater Lansing. It’s hosting a series of events this month marking the end of the Civil War.

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