America Declassified: Vegas Underground Pictures

From “less lethal” weapons to the city hidden beneath Las Vegas, America Declassified's hand-picked team of investigators dig into the hidden corners of America.

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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

  

A replica of the boarding house’s bathroom

A replica of the boarding house’s bathroom

A replica of the boarding house’s bathroom is staged in a Memphis field during the investigation. Mike Baker takes aim to test one of the theories surrounding the assassination. 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

  

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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

  

A replica of the boarding house’s bathroom

A replica of the boarding house’s bathroom

A replica of the boarding house’s bathroom is staged in a Memphis field during the investigation. Mike Baker takes aim to test one of the theories surrounding the assassination. 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

  

The Jamestown victim

The Jamestown victim

The skull of a young girl was found at the site of Jamestown, the first permanent British settlement in America, and shows that the early settlers may have resorted to cannibalism. 960 1280

  

The facial reconstruction of the Jamestown victim

The facial reconstruction of the Jamestown victim

This facial reconstruction of the Jamestown victim was done by a Brooklyn-based modeling studio in an effort to give her an identity. 960 1280

  

Jamestown settlement

Jamestown settlement

At the original site of Jamestown, a replica house and fort wall endures the winter. 960 1280

  

Senior curator for the Jamestown Rediscovery Project Bly Straube

Senior curator for the Jamestown Rediscovery Project Bly Straube

Senior curator for the Jamestown Rediscovery Project Bly Straube shows former CIA officer Mike Baker the reconstructed skull that was found at Jamestown. She explains how they determined the gender and age of the victim. 960 1280

  

John Wayne’s movie, The Conqueror, was filmed in Snow Valley, UT, just 100 miles from a Nevada nuclear test site. Could this be the reason why 90 members of the film’s cast and crew contracted cancer? 960 1280

  

Mike Baker and geoscientist Ben McGe

Mike Baker and geoscientist Ben McGe

Mike Baker and geoscientist Ben McGee arrive at the modern-day site of the John Wayne movie. 960 1280

  

John Wayne

John Wayne

John Wayne with members of the cast and crew on the set of The Conqueror. 960 1280

  

Mike Baker and Ben McGee

Mike Baker and Ben McGee

Mike Baker and Ben McGee get a sample of the soil in Snow Valley, UT, to see if there are cancer-causing traces of radiation present in the dirt. 960 1280

  

Pensmore Mansion

Pensmore Mansion

The bulletproof, bomb-resistant Pensmore Mansion sits deep within the Ozark Mountains. 960 1280

  

Pensmore Mansion

Pensmore Mansion

Built with special concrete, the expansive Pensmore Mansion is believed to be able to withstand tornado-force winds, earthquakes and explosions. But what is this building’s true purpose? 960 1280

  

A tunnel near Pensmore Mansion

A tunnel near Pensmore Mansion

Natural tunnels in the area surrounding Pensmore like this one add to the conspiracy theory that Illuminati tunnels run beneath the mansion. 960 1280

  

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