Stealing Lincoln's Body

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The History Channel Premiered Feb 16, 2009 Unknown

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Stealing Lincoln's Body

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Stealing Lincoln's Body is a documentary from the History Channel that delves into the history of a shocking plot to exhume and then steal Abraham Lincoln's body. Also exploring the birth of counterfeiting, the Secret Service, rural cemetery movement, and the science of embalming, the show ties in the idea of secret societies in America and other cultural phenomena. The show explores how each was important in the moments after Lincoln's assassination in April of 1865. The two-hour special highlights a scheme that involved exhuming Lincoln's body, and then holding it for ransom. Lincoln's body was original moved almost two thousand miles to his hometown in Springfield, Illinois the month after his death. However, it was moved many times afterwards, not reaching its final resting place until 1901. It was during that time that the macabre plot unfolded, involving the Secret Service and a group of self-appointed guardians who protected Lincoln's body. Stealing Lincoln's Body uncovers why the body was moved so frequently and why the country may have been reluctant to let go of the well-loved president.moreless
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    Documentary, Drama

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    insatiable greed, alternate history, exploring history, extraordinary situations, for geeks