Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

Who Knows About All Assassinated Presidents Who Did It & Why They Did It?

Is there a link too the killers of presidents- Reasons why link- excuses? Beside the obvious one that they were all NUTS and out of their minds?..

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  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    You might want to check out the soundtrack for the musical 'Stephen Sondheim's "Assassins.' The whole musical is based on the successful and unsuccessful presidential assassins.

    Here is a complete list:

    Richard Lawrence, a house painter, attempted to assassinate President Andrew Jackson on January 30, 1835.

    Lawrence was apprehended after Jacksdon beat him down with a cane. The prosecuting attorney in the case against lawrence was Francis Scott Key, who 20 years earlier, had writen the "Star Spangled Banner." Lawrence was found non guilty by reason of insanity and placed in a mental institution where he died in 1861.

    President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wlkes Booth bwhile attending a performance of 'Our American Cousin' at Ford's Theater on Good Friday, April 14, 1865. Booth leaped from the presidential box and shouted 'Sic Semper Tyrannis.' (Death to tyrants) The South had just lost the war, with General Robert E. Lee surrendering to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House on Palm Sunday, April 9. Lincoln died the following moning, April 15 at 7:22am.

    11 days later, Booth died in a gun battle in a barn, which was set on fire by federal authorities.

    President James A. Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau, a disappointed office seeker on July 2, 1881 at a Washington, DC train station. Garfield lingered for 79 days, dying on September 19, 1881 in Elberon, New Jersey.

    President William McKinley was shot at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo on September 6, 1901 by an anarchist Leon Czolgosz. He died from his injuries on September 14, 1901 in Buffalo.

    While campaigning as the Progressive Party candidate for president, former Presidnet Theodore Roosevelt was shot on October 14, 1912 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. John F. Schrank, a saloon-keeper from New York, shot Roosevelt once with a .38 caliber revolver. A 50-page speech folded over twice in Roosevelt's breast pocket and a metal glasses case slowed the bullet. Amidst the commotion, Roosevelt yelled out, "Quiet! I've been shot." Roosevelt insisted on giving his speech with the bullet still lodged inside him. He later went to the hospital, but the bullet was never removed. Roosevelt, remembering that William McKinley died after operations to remove his bullet, chose to have his remain. The bullet remained in his body until his death. Schrank said that McKinley's ghost had told him to avenge his assassination. Schrank was found legally insane and was institutionalized until his death in 1943.

    On February 15, 1933 in Miami, Florida, Giuseppe Zangara fired five shots at President-elect Franklin Roosevelt. The assassination attempt occurred three weeks before Roosevelt was sworn in for his first term in office. Four people were wounded and Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak was killed. Zangara was found guilty of murder and was executed March 20, 1933. Some researchers believe Cermak, not Roosevelt, was the intended target that day, as the mayor was a staunch foe of Al Capone's Chicago mob organization.

    On November 1, 1950, two Puerto Rican pro-independence activists, Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola, attempted to kill Truman. A violent gun battle ensued between the assassins and the Secret Service outside Blair House (which was, at the time, the official Presidential residence while the White House was undergoing extensive renovations), resulting in the death of White House Policeman Leslie Coffelt. One assassin died and the other was wounded; Truman was not harmed.

    On November 22, 1963, while traveling through a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot. Lee Harvey Oswald, age 24, was arrested, but his shot and killed by Jack Ruby on November 24 while he was in police custody.

    February 22, 1974: Samuel Byck apparently planned to kill President Richard Nixon by crashing a commercial airliner into the White House. Once he had hijacked the plane on the ground, he was informed that it could not take off with the wheel blocks still in place. He shot the pilot and copilot, then was shot by an officer through the plane's door window before killing himself.

    On September 5, 1975, Charles Manson follower Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme tried to shoot President Gerald Ford in Sacramento, California. Fromme was recently paroled (August 2009) after serving nearly 34 years.

    On September 22, 1975, Sarah Jane Moore, age 44, shot at President Gerald Ford in San Francisco. Moore was paroled in 2007, after seving 32 years in prison.

    On March 30, 1981, following a speech at the Washington Hilton Hotel, President Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley. The president was wounded, although the seriousness of his injuires was kept from the public at the time. A Secret Service agent, a police officer and White House Press Secretary James Brady were also shot. Brady was left permanently disabled as a result of the assassination. Hinckley allegedly shot the president in an attemp to impress the actress Jodie Foster, on whom he had a crush on. Hinckley was found not guilty and placed in a mental institution.

    Basically, these are the attempted and successful presidential assassinations.

    Source(s): If you need additional information, I am a Presidential Historian.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well, Abe LIncoln, he had to do with dictatorship, he was widely suspected of being well on his way to dictatorship. I don't agree with his assassination, but I can see how they got that. I mean, while he did one great thing of helping to free the slaves, he also took away state's rights, which just started a downward spiral, to federal government control across the board on many issues, that should have remained state's issues.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    nah they werent all out thier minds bobby and john kennedy were clipped by pros hired guns i dont know look up assinations on google ull see all the theorys

  • 1 decade ago

    Here is your link Robert Kennedy was killed by Sirhan Sirhan (Palestinian) he was disturbed about Kennedy's pro Israel stance.

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