Believe It or Not!, a thick, two-inch tuft of hair clipped postmortem from the head of Abraham Lincoln was purchased earlier this month at auction for more than $81,000. Gaining a flurry of media attention, the buyer was largely reported as anonymous. As many suspected, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! had the winning bid, and the historic relic arrived at Ripley’s Warehouse on September 17, 2020. However, the questions keep coming in…

What could these locks tell us? How can authenticity be scientifically determined? Crazy, but is cloning possible using only this tuft?

The theories being posted around the exhibit have also been interesting, from elaborate National Treasure plots to Jurassic Park vibes…

To address all of these curious questions and comments, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is hosting, Unlocking Lincoln featuring Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris, on Monday, September 28th @ 3:00 p.m. EST, LIVE on Facebook and Twitch.

Meet the Panelists

Dr. Fitzharris, medical historian, author, and Smithsonian Channel host, will be joined by DNA expert, Dr. Dean Hildebrand, and John Corcoran, Ripley’s Exhibits Director. In this live, moderated discussion, these three will dive deeper into the exhibit’s history and answer all of your questions.

Ripley’s is proud to welcome Lindsey Fitzharris, medical historian, bestselling author, and host of “The Curious Life and Death Of…”

  • Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris is a bestselling author, television host, and medical historian with a doctorate from Oxford University. Her debut book, The Butchering Art, won the PEN/E.O. Wilson Award for Literary Science and has been translated into seventeen languages. Dr. Fitzharris writes regularly for a variety of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Scientific America, The Guardian, The Lancet, and New Scientist. Her new television series on the Smithsonian Channel, The Curious Life and Death of…, explores some of the most mysterious deaths in history.
  • Dr. Dean Hildebrand is a recognized forensic DNA expert and the Dean of the School of Computing and Academic Studies at the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT). Dr. Hildebrand received his BSc and Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He went on to develop BCIT’s Forensic Science and Technology program—the largest of its kind in Canada. Dr. Hildebrand uses his expertise to assist in humanitarian efforts, as well as assist the BC Coroners Service in maintaining their unidentified remains and missing person DNA database.
  • John Corcoran is a Director for Ripley Entertainment, focusing on exhibits and new business models, such as touring shows. With more than 37 years’ experience in the industry, John is an IAAPA Certified Attractions Executive and is a walking encyclopedia for the Ripley’s brand, knowledgeable on the company’s history and vast collection.

The panel will be moderated by Sabrina Sieck, Ripley’s Creative Content Manager and host of Cool Stuff Strange Things.

Tune In September 28th

Join the conversation LIVE on Facebook and Twitch Monday, September 28th @ 3:00 p.m. EST. Have any questions that you want to make sure get answered? Message us on Facebook and we’ll be sure to address them!

Lincoln’s hair arrived at Ripley’s Warehouse on September 17, 2020.