Secret societies of the world
Hugh Wilson, contributor, MSN Him,
The Knights of the Golden Circle
Though long disbanded, the Knights of the Golden Circle was a group rumoured to include outlaw Jesse James and John Wilkes Booth, President Abraham Lincoln's killer, among its members.
The interesting thing about the Knights was that it didn't just limit its activity to odd rituals and funny handshakes.
Before and during the American civil war, the group formed armed renegade bands with the intention of invading Mexico and the West Indies and, later, supporting the Confederate government.