Source: San Juan County Index
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Executed Lincoln’s Murderers”
City of publication: Aztec, New Mexico Territory
Date of publication: 8 November 1901
Volume number: 12
Issue number: 41
|“Executed Lincoln’s Murderers.” San Juan County Index 8 Nov. 1901 v12n41: p. .|
|Christian Rath; Leon Czolgosz (execution: personal response).|
|George Atzerodt [misspelled below]; John Wilkes Booth; Leon Czolgosz; David Herold [misspelled below]; Abraham Lincoln; William McKinley; Lewis Powell [identified as Paine below]; Christian Rath; Mary Surratt.|
The article is accompanied on the same page with an illustration of Christian Rath.
The article appears in a news column titled “As the World Revolves.”
Executed Lincoln’s Murderers
Captain Christian Rath of Jackson, Mich., is a candidate for a singular position. He desires to be the official executioner of Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of President McKinley. Captain Rath advances as his claim to this distinction that it was he who officiated at the death of the conspirators who were condemned for the murder of Abraham Lincoln. It was this veteran who supervised the execution of Mrs. Surratt, Paine, Herrold and Atzeroth, the persons who were found to be guilty, with John Wilkes Booth, in the plot to take the life of the great liberator. The captain is an old soldier of the Union. At the time of the trial of the conspirators he was provost marshal of the Washington prison. He assisted with his own hands in the erection of the scaffold on which the assassins died. He placed the ropes about their necks and in other ways facilitated the work of execution of the law’s mandate. He says he is willing to turn on the current which will end the life of Czolgosz, and will ask no pay for the service save his expenses to the place of execution.