What followed was a series of lawsuits between Fisk and Stokes. Stokes demanded $200,000 or he would release to the press, love letters from Fisk to Josie. The courts ruled against Stokes and gave Fisk custody of the letters. Stokes wanted revenge.
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Barclay, George Lippard. Life, Adventures, Strange Career and Assassination of Col. James Fisk, Jr. Philadelphia: Barclay & Company, 1872