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One of the strangest, most intriguing, and yet almost unknown episodes in American history unfolded in 1876, eleven years after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. A band of Chicago counterfeiters hatched a plot to steal the President's body from its tomb outside Springfield, Illinois, and hold it for a ransom of $200,000. A paid informant told the newly formed Secret Service. When both the police and the criminals showed up at the cemetery on the appointed night, the scheme was foiled.
This feature-length special from History explores the peculiar confluence of historical trends and cultural movements that prompted the crime: the birth of counterfeiting, the growth of embalming, and the influence of secret societies in American life, among others. But above all, the story shows how important this beloved President remained to a public so unprepared for his violent death in 1865.
Startling and informative, this is one of those tales you have to see to believe.
This history buff had no clue about this plot to steal Lincoln's body. Excellent! I just wish it was streaming right now.Published 2 months ago by Becky Baker-Hall
This is a fascinating story about Lincoln and what happened after his death and burial. It would make a good movie.Published 2 months ago by Brenda Horton
So many other reviewers have done a good job of describing in detail what this product is that I just want to give a few thoughts... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joker
One of the most fascinating, high-quality documentaries of the history of Lincoln's body as it moved toward its final resting place. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dennis Constant
I enjoyed watching this documentary. I was shocked to know that anyone would have tried to steal President Lincoln's body. Read morePublished 12 months ago by S. Hickman
This was a very good documentary. It has photographs, explanations and re-enactments to tell the history.Published 13 months ago by DParker
Excellent biography and photography. Very interesting how the plan was hatched and failed at the cemetary. Read morePublished 15 months ago by jeannie
This is probably a bit of history unknown to most Americans and well explained here. There was a movie made in the early 30's dealing with the subject and I remember reading of... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ron De Luco