I am related to the only woman hanged by the federal government, Mary Surratt.
I am related to the only woman hanged by the federal government, Mary Surratt. She owned the boarding house where the Lincoln assassination was plotted. Why did they hang her? Apparently because they were so desperate to prove conspiracy. Her son, John Surratt, who was actually a part of the plot, escaped to Italy and was working for the Vatican years later. He was returned to the US, tried, and released. John was a produce broker in the 1920s, and apparently my grandfather (a second cousin?) knew him. Family history can be weird.