Join Retired Massachusetts Superior Court Justice Dennis J. Curran for "The True Story Behind the Lincoln Assassination: The Nest That Hatched Evil" a lecture from his series “Great Trials That Changed History: A Judge’s Perspective”
Many of the commonly-held myths about the murder of our 16 th President are utterly false. Although assassin John Wilkes Booth fired the gun that killed the President, there were many fingers on that trigger.
The Confederate Secret Service, a foreign bank account, multiple assassins and an orchestrated underground plot conspired to decapitate the Union government, a plan set in motion many months before the evening of April 14, 1865.
The trials of the assassin-conspirators are both riveting and revelatory, and shed light on the use of military tribunals versus civilian trials, a debate that continues today, for example, in the Guantanamo prisoner controversy.
This event occurred 159 years ago next month.
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