John Wilkes Booth used an old 1864 pocket calendar as a diary during his 12 days on the run. He never admitted he’d done wrong. His scribblings were egocentric:

“Our country owed all her troubles to him, and God simply made me the instrument of his punishment.”

“I think I have done well, though I am abandoned, wth the Curse of Cain upon me.”

“I have too great a soul to die like a criminal…”

And, five days before he died, he wrote, “I bless the entire world. Have never hated or wronged anyone. This last was not a wrong, unless God deems it so. And its with him, to damn or bless me…”