Special Allen Pinkerton Investigative Report
While investigating sabotage rumors of rail road lines, Pinkerton uncovered a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln in Baltimore before he reached Washington to take the oat of office for President. Pinkerton devised a plan that secretly smuggled Lincoln into the nation's capitol on another train. Other than a couple of Pinkerton's agents, no one on the train even knew Lincoln was aboard. Pinkerton stood guard on the porch of the last train car all night while Lincoln stayed just inside the last car in a lower booth. Kate Warne had booked the ticket for Lincoln under the pretext that he was her sick brother.
After the civil war,there were rumors abound that Pinkerton made the complete story up in order to better his detective agency. The superintendent of the New York City police force, one John A. Kennedy; even published a book stating that he knew "nothing" about the Lincoln assassination implying that Pinkerton made the story up. John A. Kennedy was, of course; jealous of Pinkerton and appeared to be attempting to destroy his reputation. My how things never change in this profession! At first, Pinkerton remained silent on the subject. However, rumors were so wild about it, he published the above 18 page investigative report. It contained eyewitness statements of the Lincoln assassination plot including a proven statement Lincoln himself had made on the subject. The Investigative Report was sent to all governmental officials including all members of congress and the senate and anyone else with an interest. Below is the first page from the book and you can click on the page numbers below it to read the other pages of Pinkerton's opening statement and the statement of Lincoln.
Ralph D. Thomas PI Vintage Collection
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