The conventional wisdom is that the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln—John Wilkes Booth—was shot in the neck and killed in a barn on the Garrett farm in Virginia just 12 days after the murder. But truth is always stranger than fiction. In this book, longtime investigative author Pat Shannan and others detail a wealth of evidence showing how Booth actually escaped, lived a long life and who the man in the barn really was. Once you read this book, you’ll never look at the Lincoln assassination—or American History—in the same way ever again. Who was in on the high-level plot to kill Lincoln? Who was Lafayette Bake and what did his cryptic poem, written in the margin of a military manual, really mean? Who was John Stevenson and was his deathbed confession real or fiction? What happened to Booth’s accomplices? Who were the Knights of the Golden Circle and how did they fit into the plot? Were members of Lincoln’s own cabinet in on the assassination scheme? What about John Wilkes Booth’s last will and testament? Who was Izola D’Arcy Booth and what inside secret did she hold? What happened to Booth’s diaries? Booth’s gold? How could the body of “Booth” have been so easily misidentified? How could all o this been kept secret for so long—and why?