Who was Detective James McDevitt and what did he Discover about Lincoln's Assassination?

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Shortly after President Abraham Lincoln was carried to the Petersen boardinghouse on the night of April 14, 1865, rumors spread about a separate attack on Secretary of State William H. Seward. People began to bombard the Metropolitan Police Station with personal testimonies, spouting wild speculation as to the meaning. James McDevitt was on the case.

The McDevitt Files: Exploring the Lincoln Conspiracy with Eric M. Messner

3 mins. Read

The Ford’s Theatre walking tour Investigation: Detective McDevitt, by Richard Hellesen, takes visitors on an interactive journey through the facts and faces of the crime that changed American history. Keeping with tradition, we recently interviewed our newest guide who portrays Detective McDevitt on the tour. 

Ford’s 150: Remembering the Lincoln Assassination

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On April 14 and 15, 2015, the streets of Washington, D.C., were filled with thousands of people paying tribute to Abraham Lincoln and his legacy. Learn all about our 36 hours of continuous programming on the Ford’s campus that marked the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination and death.