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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The Crime of the Century

Famous architect Stanford White commissioned scandalous portraits of Evelyn Nesbit, driving her husband Harry Thaw to murder.

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    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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