Villains and Rogues

Stories from the Vaults: Villains and Rogues

Tom takes on the bad guys and digs up some pretty incriminating evidence from the Smithsonian vaults. Tom's investigation unearths photographic evidence from the Crime of the Century, new details on America's first "Lone Gunman": John Wilkes Booth, and creepy facts about everyone's favorite natural villain-the snake.

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A Snake in the Grass

Brown tree snakes are found guilty of shorting out electrical circuits and chowing down on bird eggs in Guam.

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  • THE LIFE OF LINCOLN

    Many historic documents from the Lincoln era still exist throughout the country. Visit the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's online exhibit Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life to learn more about our nation's 16th president.

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