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Federal Bureau of Investigation
Laboratory Division

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A quarterly online journal published by the FBI Laboratory

Photo of the Booth Deringer, which was used to assassinate Abraham Lincoln in 1865.

Photo showing a muzzle view of the Booth Deringer's 7-groove rifling pattern.

Authenticating the Booth Deringer

On April 15, 1865, in Washington, DC, an actor named John Wilkes Booth achieved historical immortality by firing the shot that claimed the life of Abraham Lincoln. In 1997, the FBI Laboratory was assigned to determine beyond a reasonable doubt whether the Deringer pistol displayed at Ford's Theatre is the same pistol pictured in historical photographs pre-dating the 1960s. Read about the weapon that created the fatal ripple—Booth's Deringer pistol.


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Forensic Science Communications

January 2001— Volume 3 — Number 1

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