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“Untold Stories from the JFK Assassination”

Aug 27, 2013 at 8:32pm | Filed Under “Parkland

Untold Stories from the JFK Assassination
The major motion picture PARKLAND explores the assassination of John Kennedy from perspectives never before seen: the doctors and nurses at the hospital, the boots-on-the-ground G-men at the FBI field office in Dallas, the family of Lee Harvey Oswald -- caught in their own metaphorical cross fire.
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“Presidents in Peril”

Aug 29, 2013 at 2:27pm | Filed Under “Parkland

Presidents in Peril
Here at The American Film Company, we've now made movies based on the two most famous assassinations in American history. And while the murders of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy have always captured the nation's attention, many forget that there were two other presidents assassinated, not to mention "serious" attempts on several others:
from Parkland 3 comments

“Infamous by Association”

Aug 29, 2013 at 2:22pm | Filed Under “Parkland

Infamous by Association
One key storyline in PARKLAND examines the affect of Lee Harvey Oswald's infamous crime on his family, specifically his blue-collar brother Robert (played by James Badge Dale) and his more-than-eccentric mother, Marguerite (Jackie Weaver).
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“Where Were YOU When Kennedy Was Shot?”

Sep 4, 2013 at 7:13pm | Filed Under “Parkland

Where Were YOU When Kennedy Was Shot?
It's the question that almost any person (of a certain age) can answer. Where were you when you learned that the President had been shot?
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“Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?”

Apr 20, 2011 at 9:41pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?
Less than three months after her arrest at her boarding house on H Street in Washington City, Mary Surratt would be hanged for her role in John Wilkes Booth's murderous plot.
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  • DukeBrooks
    04/13/2012 at 11:53pm


    "The Conspirator" isn't a bad film...but the script "borrows" so heavily from "Breaker Morant" that I could tell what the next line would be in the courtroom scenes. Also, in Stanton's office, there was an electrical outlet cover plate visible in one shot. Not good. But just as obvious was the metaphorical aspect of the film: Catholic 1865 = Islamic 2011. Can Hollywood make a movie without "social commentary?" It's said that Samuel Goldwyn, when presented a script with a "message," remarked that "Messages are for Western Union." Good words that Hollywood would do well to live by, once again.

    from Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?
  • laverge-01
    03/23/2012 at 8:49pm


    LiverLovesNancy - Please contact me at the Surratt House Museum. I am the director of the museum and can give you some hints. First, try to locate a copy of An American Tragedy by Elizabeth Steger Trindal. It is very heavily in favor of Mrs. Surratt's innocence.

    I can also send you a copy of a speech that I have given over the years comparing both sides of the issue.

    from Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?
  • laverge-01
    03/22/2012 at 8:00pm


    Please do not believe the old escape theories related to John Wilkes Booth. The Enid, Oklahoma story is just one of about a half-dozen that have him all over the globe.

    The Oklahoma version was made popular in the early-1900s by a Memphis lawyer named Finis Bates, who did more to screw up history than you can imagine. It has been perpetuated over the past forty years through the undying efforts of a man in Maryland, who even attempted to get the body of Booth exhumed. His efforts failed in civil court and in a special appeals court for lack of evidence.

    Your classmate's story is even wrong to the point of saying that someone else was executed in place of Booth. Four other conspirators were hanged for their involvement with Booth, but not one of them was a Booth look-alike.

    There are thousands of Lincoln assassination researchers and scholars around the world who have worked tirelessly to bring the true facts of the crime to public attention. It is time to start listening to them instead of theorists.

    from Brig. Gen. Joseph Holt - His Role as Chief Prosecutor in the Military Tribunal
  • LiverLovesNancy
    03/15/2012 at 3:05pm


    Im 15 And my Class is doing a project on mary surratt and it has to do with her being inoccent but im not finding a lot of of her being evidence of her being inoccent just of her being guilty.. can anyone help me?

    from Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?
  • taletotell
    03/11/2012 at 8:12pm


    Quick addendum to the story:

    About 30 years ago(give or take a few), I was in Oklahoma History class at the University of Tulsa. Our assignment was to come up with un unusual research paper regarding a little known part of Oklahoma history. We were encouraged to do this through unconventional means, like actual interviews and personal accounts if possible.

    I thought I probably had the most unusual report because mine was first hand accounts of rooster fighting and how much the underground enterprise affected the economy of the state. I was wrong.

    A fellow classmate by the name of Jana Boothe(not sure I spelled her name correctly) had family documents and photos regarding her great-great(don't know how many greats)uncle John. Apparently he actually escaped to Indian territory and resided in what is now Enid, Oklhoma where he died a natural death some years into his old age. Another was actually hanged in his place.

    She was quite convincing. And, of course,she would have no reason to WANT to be associated with John Wilkes Boothe if in fact she didn't have to. Her family had actually been protecting the shameful secret all these years.

    from Brig. Gen. Joseph Holt - His Role as Chief Prosecutor in the Military Tribunal
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“The Best American History Movies NEVER Made”

163 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

As we at the American Film Company have endeavored to turn American history into movies, I've been struck by how many amazing true stories have not been given the green light... More

“Historians View the Assassination”

87 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

In April of 1865 most northerners had little trouble discerning who was behind the assassination; they were convinced the Confederate government was involved. More

“Brig. Gen. Joseph Holt - His Role as Chief Prosecutor in the Military Tribunal”

73 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

Joseph Holt, a Kentucky lawyer and staunch Unionist, was confirmed by the Congress as President Lincoln's Judge Advocate General on September 3, 1862. This made Holt the top lawyer in the Army, and the principal legal advisor to Lincoln on all military legal matters. More

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