The Conspirators: The Assassins of Abraham Lincoln (LIFE Photos)

With Robert Redford's movie about the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln opening in theaters yesterday, there's renewed interest in the history of the killing and the stories of the men behind it. Here below, 146 years later, are photos of the assassin himself, John Wilkes Booth; the violent Confederate spy who helped him; and others involved in the conspiracy.

See more photos of the Civil War's brutal battlefields, women, strangest personalities, its African-American fighters, the portraits of photographer Mathew Brady, and at LIFE.com.

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John Hendel is a writer based in Washington, DC, and a former producer at The Atlantic.

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