How and Why Was the Book Written?


Who Killed Abraham Lincoln? began because of curiosity.


In the spring of 1986, while at my home in British Columbia, I read Charles Chiniquy’s autobiography, Fifty Years in the Church of Rome.

I was so startled and intrigued by what he said, especially about who was responsible for Lincoln’s assassination, that I started to research his life.

 I wanted to know who he was and whether the stunning allegations he made regarding who was behind Lincoln’s murder could be true.

Who Killed Abraham Lincoln?, has been researched and written over a period of some twenty-three years. It is an investigation of Charles Chiniquy’s fascinating life and allegations about who was ultimately behind the murder of one of America’s greatest Presidents, Abraham Lincoln.


It has been purchased and held by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. It has also been reviewed favourably by personnel at Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, the premier center for Lincoln assassination scholarship and it is sold in the museum bookstore there, as well as  the Lincoln Memorial, and it has been accepted for sale at the National Archives gift store.


Who Killed Abraham Lincoln? is an examination of celebrated nineteenth century clergyman, Charles Chiniquy’s startling allegations of Roman Catholic involvement in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The book also looks at evidence of the Catholic Church’s involvement in such events as the horrific New York City Draft Riots, the worst rioting in American history. Instigated almost completely by Irish Catholics, it was a Civil War outbreak of murder and arson that threatened New York City and the whole American Union.


Who Killed Abraham Lincoln?, as well, studies the interest Catholicism had in opposing American democratic traditions and it shines a spotlight on the Roman Catholic Church’s historical resistance to essential American values. Exhaustively researched and meticulously documented, the work gives a captivating account of the life and times of Charles Chiniquy, and Lincoln’s, as well as an outline of the leading scholarship in regards to the murder of the 16th President.

Why is Abraham Lincoln and the U. S. Civil War Important?

Abraham Lincoln and the U. S. Civil War continues to be important for Americans and for people around the world. Abraham Lincoln currently remains one of the most written persons, among mortals, and continues to fascinate people around the world today. This is because of his success at leading the United States through its greatest trial, as the great experiment of self-government, of democracy in America, hung in the balance.


As Who Killed Abraham Lincoln? states:At the time of the Civil War, the United States was
the only important democracy in the world. As such, it represented the hopes of the common man for self rule, instead of rule by kings, dictators and the like. Abraham Lincoln believed this experiment in self government had to succeed.
 Having come from such humble origins to rise to
such a high office, President Lincoln also
represented the hopes of millions the world over.

Who was Charles Chiniquy?

Charles Chiniquy was born in Quebec in 1809, the same year as Abraham Lincoln. Born
a Roman Catholic, he became a high-profile Catholic priest who, by the mid-nineteenth century, had persuaded about half the people in Quebec to give up drinking. At the time, most household in the province held a portrait of him.


Charles Chiniquy hired Abraham Lincoln to defend him in two court actions in 1856, the second one being the most high-profile libel case in Lincoln’s career. Big crowds came, not because Lincoln was involved but, because Chiniquy was involved. He declared that this
was the beginning of his friendship with the tall prairie lawyer.

There is strong evidence that this Canadian became, essentially, Lincoln’s best friend.


Charles Chiniquy left the Roman Catholic Church in 1858 with a thousand of his fellow colonists and became a Protestant minister and an extremely effective critic of this religious organization.

Chiniquy attained world-wide fame and influence as he spent the rest of his life writing and speaking around the world and trying to win his former co-religionist to the Protestant faith.

A 2009 biography of him by Quebec academic, Richard Louheed, asserts that he remains Canada’s best-selling author of all time. Charles Chiniquy was called the Martin Luther
of America and the Canadian Luther.


Chiniquy visited Abraham Lincoln in the White House three times and when his friend was
murdered, he went to Washington and began his own investigation. In 1885, after twenty years of enquiry, he published his conclusions in his
autobiography, Fifty Years in the Church of Rome.
It was after reading, according to Chiniquy,
that the Jesuits were behind Lincoln’s murder,
that the research journey that resulted in
Who Killed Abraham Lincoln?, began.