William L. Richter is a retired businessman turned historian, living in Tucson, Arizona. He has researched and written extensively on the Antebellum South, the Civil War, the Lincoln Assassination, and the Reconstruction. He is the author or co-author of a dozen books and has written over two dozen and a half articles and book reviews in various journals and magazines.
Joseph E. “Rick” Smith III is a researcher and writer in the field of Lincoln Assassination history from Spencerville, Maryland. He is a docent for the Surratt House Museum in Clinton, Maryland, and has traveled in person the numerous byways followed by John Wilkes Booth and his co-conspirators, where he developed the newest interpretations of the role of the Adams Tavern at Newport, Maryland, as is presented in this current volume. He works as a property manager in Washington, D.C.