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Documentary tries to prove existence of dead Lincoln photo

by Leif Porterfield (2020-11-24)


An investigator has said she is '99 percent convinced' that a mystery photo taken of a dead man shows Abraham Lincoln hours after he was assassinated in 1865. 

A new Discovery Channel documentary 'The Lost Lincoln', scheduled to air Sunday, shows experts examining a controversial photograph that has long divided opinion on its authenticity. 

The 16th president of the US was shot in the head on April 14 1865 by actor John Wilkes Booth in a box at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C, while he was watching the play 'Our American Cousin'.

Lincoln was taken to the boardinghouse across the street from the theater where he died early the following morning, with his death sending shockwaves around the world. 

An investigator has said she is '99 percent convinced' that a mystery photo (part of it pictured) taken of a dead man shows Abraham Lincoln hours after he was assassinated in 1865

A new Discovery Channel documentary 'The Lost Lincoln', scheduled to air Sunday, shows experts examining a controversial photograph that has long divided opinion on its authenticity.

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'The Lost Lincoln' explores whether a photo rumored to depict the dead president is a genuine or a fake.

The photo shows a gaunt-faced man with a beard, staring ahead lifelessly. 

His right eye is bulging and appears to be disfigured from an unseen wound. 

The show follows California investigator Whitny Braun as she spent two years examining the photo, including the help of facial recognition experts, medical experts, a ballistics expert, Lincoln scholars and descendants of the man said to have taken the photo.

There are only 130 known photos ever taken of the president.  

In a trailer for the special, Braun says she is 99 percent convinced the photo is the real deal and that it is the 131st image of the president. 

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'In the world of authenticating, this is like finding the Holy Grail,' she says.

The special's producer, Archie Gips, agrees it makes too much sense for it not to be real.

The image was said to be taken by Henry Ulke, a professional photographer who lived in the boardinghouse where Lincoln was brought after being shot. 

Ulke supposedly took the picture in secret after the president died and before his body was taken to the White House. 

It was kept secret because Lincoln's secretary of war Edwin Stanton was strongly opposed to any images of the dead president.  

Only one fuzzy photo is known to exist, taken from a distance when Lincoln's body was lying in state in New York.

The 16th president of the US was shot in the head on April 14 1865 by actor John Wilkes Booth in a box at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C, while he was watching the play 'Our American Cousin'.

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Lincoln was taken to the boardinghouse across the street from the theater where he died early the following morning, with his death sending shockwaves around the world