Home of Lincoln Assassination Plot
April 14, 1865. An actor enters a popular theater in our nation’s capital. Quietly he makes his way upstairs to the private boxes. At 10:15 p.m., during the third act of “Our American cousin,” John Wilkes Booth fires a single bullet into the head of the president of the United States committing one of the most infamous assassinations in American history. Now a woman in downtown New York City believes that the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln may have begun in her building.
Did John Wilkes Booth, the infamous assassin of Abraham Lincoln, spend time in this house?
And is this where the assassination was planned?
The History Detectives are on the case.
- Also in this episode Revolutionary War Cannon Is this the cannon that ignited the first battle of the Revolutionary War?
- Related Investigation Civil War Deringers Are these pistols union or rebel?
- Also with Gwen Wright Tokyo Rose Did this 1940s recording help convict the woman alleged to be "Tokyo Rose"?
- Related Investigation Slave Songbook Are these tattered pages the earliest record of music created by slaves?
- Also with Gwen Wright Koranic School Book Why does this 200 year old schoolbook contain two translated passages from the Koran?
- Also with Gwen Wright Black Tom Shell Is this shell from a devastating act of foreign sabotage on American soil?
This is a place for opinions, comments, questions and discussion; a place where viewers of History Detectives can express their points of view and connect with others who value history. We ask that posters be polite and respectful of all opinions. History Detectives reserves the right to delete comments that don’t conform to this conduct. We will not respond to every post, but will do our best to answer specific questions, or address an error.