A black servant of the Seward family, Bell answered the door on the night when Lewis Powell attacked Secretary Seward. Once the attack was underway, he ran into the street, screaming for help. During Powell’s escape on horseback from the Seward mansion, Bell chased him on foot until he could no longer keep up.
The timeline below shows where the character William Bell appears in Chasing Lincoln’s Killer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.