It was the night of April 14, 1865, and only a few days before the Civil War had ended when Robert E. Lee surrendered the last major Confederate army to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. The actor John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln in the head, leaped from the theater box where the president had been seated and escaped into the night. On April 24, it was reported that Booth had been shot and killed outside a barn in Virginia. But is that version of the assassin's death the truth?
Fires have just ravaged through California, leaving thousands homeless and destitute. The final death toll is still unknown. Many that are missing are feared to be dead, trapped in their homes, vehicles or struck down by burning debris. Only a little over a month ago, Hurricane Michael barreled through the small towns of Florida's panhandle leaving devastation in its wake.
So what happens to all the money pumped into these areas after a crisis? Does it ever get into the hands of the individual citizens who suffered the most from these events?
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by M.P. Pellicer