Follow the Evidence: The Trial of the Lincoln Conspirators
Mary Surratt was a widow who owned a boarding house in Washington D.C. This house was used as a meeting place for John Wilkes Booth and many of the conspirators. A witness for the prosecution puts John Wilkes Booth at the home of Mary Surratt on April 14, 1865 at about 9 p.m. On April 17, just after 11 p.m., investigators returned to the home of Surratt, while they were questioning her Lewis Powell (Payne) arrived at her home with a pick ax claiming he was hired to dig a gutter. Surratt became hysterical claiming she did not know Powell, both were arrested. Surratt was charged with conspiring with John Wilkes Booth in the assassination of President Lincoln.
Surratt House Museum