Todd DeFeo

New D.C. walking tour highlights ‘Assassinations in the Capital’

The J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy Crime Museum, Washington D.C.)

The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago at the end of the Civil War still intrigues historians today.

Coinciding with the assassination’s sesquicentennial, the Crime Museum in Washington, D.C., is offering a new walking tour. The 90-minute, two-mile “Assassinations in the Capital” tour highlights sites related to the conspiracy to kill Lincoln and members of his cabinet.

The Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy Crime Museum, Washington D.C.)

The Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy Crime Museum, Washington D.C.)

The tour, designed for ages 10 and up, also highlights a number of other sites where nefarious acts transpired, such as the site of an attempt on the life of President Truman, the Navy Memorial, FBI Headquarters, the White House, Lafayette Square and the site where President James Garfield was assassinated on July 2, 1881.

“Through the years we have always put guest suggestions into action. Often tourists ask us if there is an assassination walking tour in DC, so I am glad we can finally fulfill this request,” Janine Vaccarello, chief operating officer of the Crime Museum, said in a news release. “It seems appropriate to launch “Assassinations in the Capital” during anniversary of Lincoln’s death and guests will experience not only Lincoln’s story, but other presidential assassinations in a unique Crime Museum fashion, and I have no doubt our guests will enjoy it.”

The Crime Museum features exhibits and information related to notable crime history. The museum is also planning temporary and permanent exhibits this year highlighting topics such as domestic terrorism and wildlife trafficking.

For more information, visit www.crimemuseum.org.

About Todd DeFeo

Todd DeFeo loves to travel anywhere, anytime, taking pictures and notes. An award-winning reporter, Todd revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He is owner of The DeFeo Groupe and also edits Express Telegraph and Railfanning.org.