I am author Terry Alford. Today is the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination, and I've just published the first biography of John Wilkes Booth, FORTUNE'S FOOL. AMA.
I taught a class on great crimes in American history, and this was the one people were most interested in. So I began to look into the life of Booth. Try to understand who he was, why he did what he did. He was a great actor, a charming person, but had a disturbed side as well.
I put more than 20 years of research into my new book on Booth, called FORTUNE'S FOOL.
It also has been mentioned in the New York Times.
I'm looking forward to answering your questions about Booth on today, the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Death. Victoria's helping me get started.
Edit at 12:53 PM ET Well, please remember that today is the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Murder, which took place at 10:22 PM Eastern Time tonight.
I will be back later today to answer additional questions that come in. Thank you all for your support for the book and my efforts!
Edit at 3:53 PM ET I'm back, caffeinated, and ready to go. Let me hear from you, AMA.
Edit at 4:53 PM ET That's all the time I've got. Thanks for all the good questions.
I'm appearing tonight on a special on the Smithsonian Channel called Lincoln's Last Day. I hold the gun that Booth used to kill President Lincoln and talk about the murder. It's airing at 10 PM ET.
Hope you enjoy the book.