The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor
recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one
gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody
saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of
increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous
terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's
dream of healing a divided nation, with the former Confederates allowed
to reintegrate into American society. But one man and his band of
murderous accomplices, perhaps reaching into the highest ranks of the
U.S. government, are not appeased.
In the midst of the patriotic
celebrations in Washington D.C., John Wilkes Booth—charismatic ladies'
man and impenitent racist—murders Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre. A
furious manhunt ensues and Booth immediately becomes the country's most
wanted fugitive. Lafayette C. Baker, a smart but shifty New York
detective and former Union spy, unravels the string of clues leading to
Booth, while federal forces track his accomplices. The thrilling chase
ends in a fiery shootout and a series of court-ordered
executions—including that of the first woman ever executed by the U.S.
government, Mary Surratt. Featuring some of history's most remarkable
figures, vivid detail, and page-turning action, Killing Lincoln is history that reads like a thriller.