From The Register-Mail:
Hundreds of area residents attended free screenings Sunday and Monday of the National Geographic Channel documentary â€œLincolnâ€™s Secret Killer?â€ at the Orpheum Theatre.
In addition to feeding the audienceâ€™s craving for Abraham Lincoln, attendees also enjoyed seeing the Orpheum Theatre on the silver screen, as it was chosen as the filming location for the Lincoln assassination scenes.
Whether the documentary holds any significance to historians or biographers, however, remains to be seen.
The film documents obscure diagnosis expert Dr. John Sotosâ€™ journey as he seeks to prove that Lincoln was already dying of a rare, inherited cancer long before he was assassinated.
â€œThe idea he must have had something wrong with him medically is an idea constantly brought forward,â€ said Doug Wilson, co-director of the Knox College Lincoln Studies Center and professor emeritus. â€œThis is not so much an historical question as a medical question. In terms of what historians concern themselves with, they wouldnâ€™t want to spend much time on it.â€