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Investigator Michele McPhee
Investigator Michele McPhee

Investigator Michele McPhee

Investigator Michele McPhee visits the Boston waterfront to learn more about the notorious Whitey Bulger, a ruthlessly cunning thug who muscled his way to the top of Boston’s organized crime empire. 960 1280

  

Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica, CA

This Santa Monica, CA, apartment building is where Whitey Bulger hid for 16 years in plain sight, until his arrest in 2011. 960 1280

  

Boston

Boston

Whitey Bulger had the city of Boston under his thumb. With friends in high places, Whitey had protection from prosecution in exchange for tips on the Italian mafia and generous gifts of cash. 960 1280

  

Bulger’s apartment

Bulger’s apartment

Veteran crime reporter Michele McPhee gets exclusive access to Bulger’s apartment for an unprecedented look at his secret life. She investigates a rumor that the FBI protected Bulger in Santa Monica, just 7 miles from the Bureau’s LA offices. 960 1280

  

Centralia, PA

Centralia, PA

The once vibrant town of Centralia, PA, has vanished -- the victim of a simple but horrific mistake. 960 1280

  

Centralia, PA

Centralia, PA

In May of 1962, Centralia officials ordered the routine burning of the town’s garbage. Smoldering embers from the ill-fated garbage fire fell into one of the coal-mining town’s abandoned tunnels, igniting the remaining coal inside. 960 1280

  

Ben McGee and Jennifer Elick

Ben McGee and Jennifer Elick

Ben McGee and Jennifer Elick send a probe into the still-burning tunnels to measure the temperature and oxygen level. 960 1280

  

Centralia, PA

Centralia, PA

Ben stands below the flying drone he sends over Centralia to photograph the area with an infrared camera. 960 1280

  

Coral Castle in Homestead, FL

Coral Castle in Homestead, FL

Investigator and former CIA Officer Mike Baker and retired construction worker Wally Wallington attempt to move a stone as part of their investigation of one of America’s most enigmatic architectural monuments … the Coral Castle in Homestead, FL. 960 1280

  

Homestead, FL

Homestead, FL

Mike and Wally walk to an arch made of coral stone during their investigation of the Coral Castle, which is reportedly the work of one man: Ed Leedskalnin. But how could he have built it all himself? 960 1280

  

Coral Castle in Homestead, FL

Coral Castle in Homestead, FL

Tourists visit the Coral Castle’s courtyard. Built from more than a thousand tons of stone, the castle includes stone blocks that dwarf anything at Stonehenge. 960 1280

  

Mike Baker

Mike Baker

Mike tries his hand at chiseling coral stone himself. 960 1280

  

Former CIA officer Mike Baker and Reverend Kyles
Former CIA officer Mike Baker and Reverend Kyles

Former CIA officer Mike Baker and Reverend Kyles

Former CIA officer Mike Baker and Reverend Kyles discuss his memory of the evening Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. 960 1280

  

Lorraine Motel

Lorraine Motel

Dr. King stayed at the Lorraine Motel so often they named a room after him. The motel is now home to the National Civil Rights Museum. 960 1280

  

MLK conspiracy investigation

MLK conspiracy investigation

Two lines of string are used in the investigation to test the trajectory of the bullet that killed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 960 1280

  

The boarding house across from the Lorraine Motel

The boarding house across from the Lorraine Motel

This boarding house across the parking lot from the Lorraine Motel is believed to be where the assassin waited for Dr. King to appear on the balcony. 960 1280

  

Investigator Michael Parker follows aerial phenomena investigator Scott Deschaine

Investigator Michael Parker follows aerial phenomena investigator Scott Deschaine

Investigator Michael Parker follows aerial phenomena investigator Scott Deschaine into a natural cave as part of their investigation into the mysterious Marfa lights in Texas. 960 1280

  

Marfa, TX

Marfa, TX

Marfa is a town in the high desert of west Texas. The films There Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men were both filmed here. 960 1280

  

Marfa’s visitors’ center

Marfa’s visitors’ center

Marfa’s visitors’ center is a former WWII USO entertainment center, and tourists come from all over in the hopes of seeing the Marfa lights, which have been attributed to UFOs and ghosts. 960 1280

  

FLIR mobile command center

FLIR mobile command center

The interior of the FLIR mobile command center used as part of the investigation into the truth behind the Marfa lights. 960 1280

  

Marfa lights viewing area

Marfa lights viewing area

A daytime view of the Marfa lights viewing area, located 9 miles east of Marfa, TX. 960 1280

  

Michelle McPhee and journalist Matt O’Brien
Michelle McPhee and journalist Matt O’Brien

Michelle McPhee and journalist Matt O’Brien

In Las Vegas, investigate reporter Michelle McPhee and journalist Matt O’Brien explore the vast network of storm drain tunnels inhabited by hundreds of people who have fallen through the cracks of society. 960 1280

  

Michelle McPhee in Las Vegas

Michelle McPhee in Las Vegas

Boston crime reporter Michelle McPhee is guided by Matt O'Brien into this hidden world, where she sees disturbing art, ominous poetry on the walls and the forgotten souls who live under one of the richest, brightest and busiest destinations on earth. 960 1280

  

Recycling center

Recycling center

Internet chatter and talk radio are calling recycling a hoax, suggesting that many of the items placed in those blue bins by well-meaning Americans ultimately end up in landfills anyway. 960 1280

  

San Francisco disc jockey Mike Nelson

San Francisco disc jockey Mike Nelson

San Francisco disc jockey Mike Nelson gets access to his local recycling center to find out how much of the city's so-called recyclables really end up being re-used, and how much ultimately ends up in the landfill. 960 1280

  

Taser International

Taser International

Former CIA officer Mike Baker travels to Scottsdale, AZ, to the headquarters of Taser International, the maker of the ubiquitous weapon used by 17,000 police officers in 107 countries. 960 1280

  

Taser International headquarters

Taser International headquarters

While at the Taser International headquarters, Mike investigates how the weapon works, fires one and even subjects himself to the incapacitating 1800-volt jolt. 960 1280

  

McHenry County Jail in Illinois

McHenry County Jail in Illinois

At McHenry County Jail in Illinois, Mike gets shot with PepperBalls. PepperBalls contain pava, a chemical derived from spicy chili peppers. 960 1280

  

PepperBalls

PepperBalls

Mike holds a few PepperBalls. Could these “less lethal” weapons be used to stifle protest and dissent without harming people? 960 1280

  

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Investigator Michele McPhee

Investigator Michele McPhee

Investigator Michele McPhee visits the Boston waterfront to learn more about the notorious Whitey Bulger, a ruthlessly cunning thug who muscled his way to the top of Boston’s organized crime empire. 960 1280

  

Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica, CA

This Santa Monica, CA, apartment building is where Whitey Bulger hid for 16 years in plain sight, until his arrest in 2011. 960 1280

  

Boston

Boston

Whitey Bulger had the city of Boston under his thumb. With friends in high places, Whitey had protection from prosecution in exchange for tips on the Italian mafia and generous gifts of cash. 960 1280

  

Bulger’s apartment

Bulger’s apartment

Veteran crime reporter Michele McPhee gets exclusive access to Bulger’s apartment for an unprecedented look at his secret life. She investigates a rumor that the FBI protected Bulger in Santa Monica, just 7 miles from the Bureau’s LA offices. 960 1280

  

Centralia, PA

Centralia, PA

The once vibrant town of Centralia, PA, has vanished -- the victim of a simple but horrific mistake. 960 1280

  

Centralia, PA

Centralia, PA

In May of 1962, Centralia officials ordered the routine burning of the town’s garbage. Smoldering embers from the ill-fated garbage fire fell into one of the coal-mining town’s abandoned tunnels, igniting the remaining coal inside. 960 1280

  

Ben McGee and Jennifer Elick

Ben McGee and Jennifer Elick

Ben McGee and Jennifer Elick send a probe into the still-burning tunnels to measure the temperature and oxygen level. 960 1280

  

Centralia, PA

Centralia, PA

Ben stands below the flying drone he sends over Centralia to photograph the area with an infrared camera. 960 1280

  

Coral Castle in Homestead, FL

Coral Castle in Homestead, FL

Investigator and former CIA Officer Mike Baker and retired construction worker Wally Wallington attempt to move a stone as part of their investigation of one of America’s most enigmatic architectural monuments … the Coral Castle in Homestead, FL. 960 1280

  

Homestead, FL

Homestead, FL

Mike and Wally walk to an arch made of coral stone during their investigation of the Coral Castle, which is reportedly the work of one man: Ed Leedskalnin. But how could he have built it all himself? 960 1280

  

Coral Castle in Homestead, FL

Coral Castle in Homestead, FL

Tourists visit the Coral Castle’s courtyard. Built from more than a thousand tons of stone, the castle includes stone blocks that dwarf anything at Stonehenge. 960 1280

  

Mike Baker

Mike Baker

Mike tries his hand at chiseling coral stone himself. 960 1280

  

Former CIA officer Mike Baker and Reverend Kyles

Former CIA officer Mike Baker and Reverend Kyles

Former CIA officer Mike Baker and Reverend Kyles discuss his memory of the evening Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. 960 1280

  

Lorraine Motel

Lorraine Motel

Dr. King stayed at the Lorraine Motel so often they named a room after him. The motel is now home to the National Civil Rights Museum. 960 1280

  

MLK conspiracy investigation

MLK conspiracy investigation

Two lines of string are used in the investigation to test the trajectory of the bullet that killed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 960 1280

  

The boarding house across from the Lorraine Motel

The boarding house across from the Lorraine Motel

This boarding house across the parking lot from the Lorraine Motel is believed to be where the assassin waited for Dr. King to appear on the balcony. 960 1280

  

Investigator Michael Parker follows aerial phenomena investigator Scott Deschaine

Investigator Michael Parker follows aerial phenomena investigator Scott Deschaine

Investigator Michael Parker follows aerial phenomena investigator Scott Deschaine into a natural cave as part of their investigation into the mysterious Marfa lights in Texas. 960 1280

  

Marfa, TX

Marfa, TX

Marfa is a town in the high desert of west Texas. The films There Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men were both filmed here. 960 1280

  

Marfa’s visitors’ center

Marfa’s visitors’ center

Marfa’s visitors’ center is a former WWII USO entertainment center, and tourists come from all over in the hopes of seeing the Marfa lights, which have been attributed to UFOs and ghosts. 960 1280

  

FLIR mobile command center

FLIR mobile command center

The interior of the FLIR mobile command center used as part of the investigation into the truth behind the Marfa lights. 960 1280

  

Marfa lights viewing area

Marfa lights viewing area

A daytime view of the Marfa lights viewing area, located 9 miles east of Marfa, TX. 960 1280

  

Michelle McPhee and journalist Matt O’Brien

Michelle McPhee and journalist Matt O’Brien

In Las Vegas, investigate reporter Michelle McPhee and journalist Matt O’Brien explore the vast network of storm drain tunnels inhabited by hundreds of people who have fallen through the cracks of society. 960 1280

  

Michelle McPhee in Las Vegas

Michelle McPhee in Las Vegas

Boston crime reporter Michelle McPhee is guided by Matt O'Brien into this hidden world, where she sees disturbing art, ominous poetry on the walls and the forgotten souls who live under one of the richest, brightest and busiest destinations on earth. 960 1280

  

Recycling center

Recycling center

Internet chatter and talk radio are calling recycling a hoax, suggesting that many of the items placed in those blue bins by well-meaning Americans ultimately end up in landfills anyway. 960 1280

  

San Francisco disc jockey Mike Nelson

San Francisco disc jockey Mike Nelson

San Francisco disc jockey Mike Nelson gets access to his local recycling center to find out how much of the city's so-called recyclables really end up being re-used, and how much ultimately ends up in the landfill. 960 1280

  

Taser International

Taser International

Former CIA officer Mike Baker travels to Scottsdale, AZ, to the headquarters of Taser International, the maker of the ubiquitous weapon used by 17,000 police officers in 107 countries. 960 1280

  

Taser International headquarters

Taser International headquarters

While at the Taser International headquarters, Mike investigates how the weapon works, fires one and even subjects himself to the incapacitating 1800-volt jolt. 960 1280

  

McHenry County Jail in Illinois

McHenry County Jail in Illinois

At McHenry County Jail in Illinois, Mike gets shot with PepperBalls. PepperBalls contain pava, a chemical derived from spicy chili peppers. 960 1280

  

PepperBalls

PepperBalls

Mike holds a few PepperBalls. Could these “less lethal” weapons be used to stifle protest and dissent without harming people? 960 1280

  

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