I am shamelessly pleased to announce, that I have an article published in the April edition of “Knife World” magazine. The article entitled, “Cloak and Daggers: Cutting through the Confusion of the Lincoln Assassination Knives”, contains my research into the the knives used by Booth and his conspirators.
This article in Knife World is a rewrite of the one published in March of 2012 by the Surratt Courier. The core of the article explains my belief that Ford’s Theatre currently has an incorrect knife identified and displayed as “Booth’s knife”. After the original article was published, a wonderful colleague and supporter of mine, Jim Garrett, took it over to Ford’s Theatre where he volunteers. He raised some heck over there, putting copies of my article into the hands of anyone he could find. With his help, I was able to visit the NPS’ storage facility in Landover, MD. It was there that I was able to see and hold the knife I believe was taken from Booth’s body upon his death at Garrett’s farm. A few months later, Ford’s Theatre was contacted by the editor of Knife World who was looking for some information about their knives. Remembering the heck he raised, Ford’s passed the editor’s request onto Jim, who then forwarded it to me. After I sent the editor a copy of my article for the Courier, he asked me if I would revise it for his audience and publication. I was more than happy to do so. I provided them with photographs and illustrations and they arranged the whole thing beautifully.
If you are interested, you can order a copy of the April 2013 edition of “Knife World” with my article inside. The price for the one issue is $6.00 and that includes shipping. You can order by emailing them your request at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (865) 397-1955.
I’m very proud of this article because it is reaching a different group of people than would usually read about the assassination. What’s more, this is the first piece of work that I’ve ever been paid for. In my eyes this makes me an author and that is a very good feeling.