World's Greatest Mysteries Collection

Season 1 Episode 6

World's Greatest Mysteries Lincoln Assassination: Disgruntled Murderer Or Political Adversaries?

Aired Unknown Jan 01, 2009 on
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World's Greatest Mysteries Lincoln Assassination: Disgruntled Murderer Or Political Adversaries?
Controversy. Conspiracy. Confusion. History is fraught with events -- from local to global -- that have never been satisfactorily explained. What caused the dinosaurs to perish? How were the Egyptian Pyramids built? What happened to the great Inca civilization? Was John Wilkes Booth part of a large, sinister plot? Was George Armstrong Custer sacrificed to save the Grant Administration? Is there anything happening in Roswell, New Mexico, that should be shared with American citizens? Who shot John F. Kennedy? These and dozens of other international mysteries are investigated, explored, unraveled and reported. Lincoln Assassination: Disgruntled Murderer Or Political Adversaries? There's universal agreement that John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. Booth, a recognized actor of his day, was identified by many eyewitnesses as the man who leapt from the presidential box onto the stage of Ford's Theatre following the sound of a single gunshot. But, that's where the consensus ends. For more than a hundred and fifty years, there has been a vigorous debate over whether Booth acted with the assistance of a few Confederate sympathizers or if he was part of a larger conspiracy that reached into the highest levels of the government. Did Booth know the president's bodyguard the president's would be away from his post--next door at a bar? Why was Lincoln denied the services of the specific bodyguard he requested for that evening? Why was Booth's personal diary never produced during the trial of his accused co-conspirators and how did eighteen missing pages from that diary turn up years later among the personal papers Secretary of War Edwin Stanton? This television program addresses the controversy surrounding the first presidential assassination in American history and presents newly discovered evidence questioning whether the wrong people were tried and hanged for the country's most famous murder.moreless

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