Killing Lincoln

On April 9, 1865 the Confederate Capital of Richmond, Virginia laid in ruins.  The Rebel Army had been decimated, and Confederate General Robert E. Lee finally conceded defeat at Appomattox Court House.  Two days later, crowds gathered outside the White House, trampling the flowerbeds and pushing to the front in order to hear their leader address the nation. Expecting words of condemnation for the Southern states, the crowd was shocked to hear President Abraham Lincoln’s message of unification, thanking General Ulysses S. Grant and the Union army, and outlining steps to reconstruct the Union. Four days later, Lincoln would be dead, assassinated by an American citizen, a Rebel by the name of John Wilkes Booth.

In the two-hour non-fiction thriller, Killing Lincoln, Executive Producers Ridley Scott and Tony Scott will recount these days of victory, tragedy, conspiracy, and a nation’s sorrow through the eyes of the men and women who were there. Killing Lincoln will be an epic story of the most notorious crime in American history.

The story preceding and following the death of President Lincoln stretches from the secret meetings of the conspirators and the change in the plan that led from kidnapping to murder; to hanging of the conspirators, including the unprecedented execution of the first woman to ever be hanged by the United States government. Booth was not working alone. His accomplices included a Georgetown-educated pharmacy clerk, a drunk, and a 20-year-old Rebel solider and spy. Fueled by hatred and rage and backed by Confederate sympathizers, Booth and two accomplices listen to Lincoln speak at the White House on April 11th.  In Washington DC, there are at least four Confederate groups plotting to kidnap Lincoln, but the end of the war pushes Booth to set in motion a new plan to kill the President.

Most Americans can tell you the story of Lincoln’s assassination. They know Lincoln attended a play at Ford’s Theatre and John Wilkes Booth shot him from behind. In Killing Lincoln, the Emmy-award winning team who brought you Gettysburg presents a fresh approach to the infamous event.  In the frenzy and aftermath of the gunshot inside Ford’s Theatre, several audience members’ eyewitness testimony proves that the perception and reality of historical events lead to debates over the facts that have lasted to this day.

Booth’s escape from the theater and the manhunt that ensued would lead hundreds and hundreds of soldiers through the swamps and thick pine forests of Virginia and Maryland in search of Lincoln’s assassin. Booth and conspirator David Herold would finally hide in a tobacco barn in Virginia, where troops would surround them and attempt to flush them out and bring them in alive to face the gallows for their crimes. Booth was shot in the neck, and would die several hours later. In a brief moment of self-realization and humility, Booth would ask to see the tattoo on his hand with his initials “JWB,” just before he died and would proclaim, “useless.”  Killing Lincoln sets out to give a raw, realistic and fact-positive approach to a story that has been told countless times.

Killing Lincoln: Coming Soon in 2013



  1. Charles Solomon
    November 13, 2012, 1:45 pm

    IF booth were a reasonably intelligent individual, he Certainly was by NO definition A Man, he would never have harmed Abraham Lincoln. Booth was NOT a confederat soldier, he was a terminal alcoholic and emotionally immature and unstable. By killing PrezLincoln, this character out of a comic book, did TERRIBLE DAMAGE to the South and Reconstruction. What Is AMAZING?? And Lee Harvey Oswald shot Prez Kennedy from a Warehouse and was caught inside a Theater. Booth shot President Lincoln inside a theater and was Caught Inside a Tobacco WareHouse.

  2. mohamad
    November 24, 2012, 1:42 pm

    you are amaze

  3. Valerie
    North Carolina
    February 9, 2013, 3:05 pm

    so excited to watch this movie killing Lincoln. my only hope is that they do my great great great great great grandmother Mary Surratt some justice. it is sad to see that historians let her boarding house be turned into a Chinese restaurant now. oh well house sad

  4. Squibster
    February 19, 2013, 10:41 am

    John Wilkes Booth
    On April 14th, 41 days after his second inauguration, and just 5 days after General Lee surrendered to General Grant at Appomattox, President Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth, at Ford’s Theater. He would later die of his injuries. Subsequent allegations that international bankers were responsible for President Lincoln’s assassination would be made in the Canadian House of Commons, nearly 70 years later in 1934.
    The person who revealed this was a Canadian Attorney, Gerald G. McGee. He had obtained evidence deleted from the public record provided to him by Secret Service Agents at the trial of John Wilkes Booth, after Booth’s death. McGee stated that it showed that John Wilkes Booth was a mercenary working for the international bankers. His speech would be reported in an article in the Vancouver Sun, dated, 2nd May 1934, which stated,
    “Abraham Lincoln, the murdered emancipator of the slaves, was assassinated through the machinations of a group representative of the International Bankers, who feared the United States President’s National Credit ambitions. There was only one group in the world at that time that had any reason to desire the death of Lincoln. They were the men opposed to his national currency program and who had fought him throughout the whole Civil War on his policy of Greenback currency.”

    For a complete history of the ‘Money Changers’ please use the link below: