The Abraham Lincoln Theory That Would Change Everything

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was assassinated on the night of April 15, 1865, according to History. That is an undeniable and unimpeachable fact about which there is no ambiguity in the annals of American history. Further, it's known for certain that he was shot and killed at Ford's Theater while he watched a play — "Our American Cousin" — slain by a disgruntled actor and Confederate sympathizer named John Wilkes Booth. The actor jumped from the president's box seat, injuring his ankle in the process while the audience laughed, thinking it was part of the show. Meanwhile, the fatally injured president was taken to a boarding house across the street, where he later died.

Except what if that's not what actually happened? What if Lincoln and some co-conspirators have managed to pull a fast one on history, and the president actually faked his own death? He certainly had reason to, and there may be the slightest bit of evidence that, reviewed in the right frame of mind, could back up the notion that his death was a deliberate, elaborate hoax.

Lincoln definitely had reason to fake his own death

John Wilkes Booth was almost certainly not the only person who wanted Abraham Lincoln dead following the end of the Civil War, and of course, the president and his team knew that. As such, had he successfully pulled off a faked assassination, he could have convinced his enemies that he was already dead and then, in some way or another, managed to escape and live out his remaining years in safety.

So what evidence is there that this actually happened? Little to none, really, and what there is is more circumstantial than anything. Nevertheless, as Abraham Lincoln Online points out, some doctors believe that Lincoln's wounds were survivable. Further, accounts of what happened that night, taken from different doctors, are contradictory. The sad fact is, given the majority of descriptions of Lincoln's wounds, the president could not have survived, not even if he'd received 21st-century medical attention.

Looking at the matter from a slightly more occult angle, there's also the allegation that Lincoln was apparently fixated on his own impending death for several days prior to it actually happening, reportedly having told others about premonitions and/or dreams about it. Finally, in a last bit of "evidence" that he faked his assassination, the last words Lincoln said to his personal bodyguard, according to the book, "The Assassination of Lincoln: History and Myth," were "Good bye," rather than the customary "good night."