Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: James L. Swanson

Narrated By: Richard Thomas

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: September 2010

Duration: 12 hours 45 minutes


On the morning of April 2, 1865, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, received a telegram from General Robert E. Lee. There is no more time'the Yankees are coming, it warned. Shortly before midnight, Davis fled the capital, setting off an intense and thrilling chase in which Union cavalry hunted the Confederate president.

Two weeks later, President Lincoln was assassinated, and the nation was convinced that Davis was involved in the conspiracy that led to the crime. To the Union, Davis was no longer merely a traitor. He became a murderer, a wanted man with a one-hundred-thousand-dollar bounty on his head. Davis was hunted down and placed in captivity, the beginning of an intense and dramatic odyssey that would transform him into a martyr of the South's Lost Cause. Meanwhile, Lincoln's final journey began when soldiers placed his corpse aboard a special train that would carry the fallen president through the largest and most magnificent funeral pageant in American history.

The saga that began with Manhunt continues with the suspenseful and electrifying Bloody Crimes. James Swanson masterfully weaves together the stories of two fallen leaders as they made their last expeditions through the bloody landscape of a wounded nation.

**** Due to Extended Track Length, it may not be possible to transfer this title to regular audio CD.


  • Anonymous

    Yes, real history can be as exciting as fiction. The premise is to follow day by day the end of The War Between the States as the fighting closes, the Davis family flees Richmond, the Lincolns play out their last scenes, and then covers the journeys of the bodies of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. Many unknown true facts are presented. I enjoyed this book so much in audio that I purchased a copy for our city library and several book copies as well. The audio copy is outstanding, you feel you were there.

  • Albert

    Most of the book is about Lincoln, his assassination, and the protracted ceremony leading to his interment. The stories of Jefferson Davis and, to a lesser extent, Robert E. Lee form threads that are woven through the Lincoln tapestry. In the closing chapters of the book, the author turns to the capture of Davis, the wrongful accusations against him, never formalized in an indictment, and two years of abuse while in federal custody before he was finally released. This is interesting history and it is well-narrated. I enjoyed it.

Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse

by James L. Swanson

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