Want to make all of your friends super uncomfortable? Start talking about how hot Lincoln's assassin was. Are they ignoring you? Show them lots of pictures of Lewis Powell on your phone! Works every time. Joking aside, Lewis Powell is (unnervingly) really, really, ridiculously good looking. Not feeling it?Take a closer look.

Exhibit A: 


There's no use sugarcoating it. Lewis Powell was on the wrong side of history. Also known as Lewis Payne and Lewis Paine, Powell was born in Alabama in 1844. He was, by all accounts, a pleasant child who enjoyed simple country pursuits. Then he grew up, fought for the Confederacy, and got wounded at Gettsyburg. The experience clearly put some twisted ideas in his head. After working for the Confederate Secret Service (yep, that was a thing) he met John Wilkes Booth and was recruited into an unsuccessful plot to kidnap Honest Abe. When that didn't work out, Booth came up with a new plan: assassinate President Abraham Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnson, and Secretary of State William H. Seward on the same night. Powell was given the task of taking out Seward. Luckily for the Secretary of State, he was an inexperienced assassin. Powell severally injured Seward, but he managed to escape with his life. 

WHY'D YA DO IT POWELL? YOU WERE MADE FOR THE STAGE.

Exhibit B:

In summary: Lewis Powell was an absurdly hot Confederate soldier and would-be assassin who looked exactly like Christopher Reeve. Don't believe us? Feast your eyes on this insanity. 

Exhibit C: You can't deny it, can you? This looks like a job for Superman.