In 1874, President Lincoln’s coffin was moved to the newly completed Lincoln Monument. The following year, a notorious mob of money counterfeiters is caught in the act by members of the just-formed Secret Service. Benjamin Boyd, boss of this counterfeiting ring, is arrested and sent to prison. His employees want him back, and they have the perfect plan. They will steal President Lincoln’s body, hide it on the banks of the Sangamon river in Illinois, and pretend to “find” it. They will be happy to return the President’s body to its rightful resting place, of course, but in return for the release of Ben Boyd from prison and $200,000. Counterfeiters, Secret Service agents, double agents, grave robbers, and alot of bad luck… sometimes true history is so much stranger (and more fun!) than fiction.
Stranger than Fiction December 18, 2014