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In Hidden City host Marcus Sakey travels to cities across the US to investigate the crimes and criminals that helped shape the city. With each story he tries to get inside the heads of those involved.

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Meet best-selling author and Hidden City host Marcus Sakey.

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Hidden City In Hidden City host Marcus Sakey travels to cities across the US to investigate the crimes and criminals that helped shape the city. With each story he tries to get inside the heads of those involved.
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Marcus Sakey in Alaska

Marcus Sakey in Alaska

Marcus and the Hidden City crew head to Anchorage, AK, where they encounter bitter cold weather and a cast of equally cold characters. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey, Neelie Lythgow and Tony Hernandez

Marcus Sakey, Neelie Lythgow and Tony Hernandez

Marcus stays at one of the most haunted places in the US -- the historic Anchorage Hotel. He teams up with paranormal experts Neelie Lythgow and Tony Hernandez to call upon the ghost of slain police chief John J. Sturgus. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey and Doug Beckstead

Marcus Sakey and Doug Beckstead

Marcus seeks answers to the 90-plus year-old murder mystery and visits Sturgus's gravesite with researcher Doug Beckstead. Beckstead has also been investigating the case and thinks he has identified the killer. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey walking in the snow

Marcus Sakey walking in the snow

Marcus heads into the Alaskan wilderness to get into the terrified mindset of serial killer, Robert Hansen's victims. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey and tracker Ty Cunningham

Marcus Sakey and tracker Ty Cunningham

Professional tracker Ty Cunningham takes Marcus through a simulated trail and teaches him how to read the tracks that Hansen's victims would have left behind. Hansen often "hunted" the women he killed. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey and an Alaskan State Trooper

Marcus Sakey and an Alaskan State Trooper

Marcus chats with an Alaskan State Trooper. The state troopers were not only involved in bringing down Robert Hansen, but were also responsible for combating wildlife crimes. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey in Alaska

Marcus Sakey in Alaska

Marcus continues his time in the wilderness and learns the story of Lucinda Schroeder, a former US Fish and Wildlife special agent. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey, Lucinda Schroeder and Teri Gunter

Marcus Sakey, Lucinda Schroeder and Teri Gunter

In 1992, Lucinda Schroeder went undercover to take down one of the most volatile poaching camps in Alaska. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey hunting in Alaska

Marcus Sakey hunting in Alaska

Of course, not all hunters are poachers, so Marcus wants to get a feel for the thrill of the sport. He goes hunting with Lucinda accompanied by hunting guide Steve Johnson. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey overlooks a river in Alaska

Marcus Sakey overlooks a river in Alaska

Marcus learns from a group of Native Alaskans that it's possible to be both a hunter and a caregiver to nature. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey in Alaska

Marcus Sakey in Alaska

Despite the frozen wild, Anchorage proves to be home to some interesting characters and stories. What a great way to end the season. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey at Pikes Place Market in Seattle

Marcus Sakey at Pikes Place Market in Seattle

Marcus visits Seattle, a diverse city both ethnically and economically. It is also a city with a sense of humor, so before Marcus tries to catch a criminal, he heads to Pike Place Market to catch a fish. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey holds a fish at Pikes Place Market in Seattle

Marcus Sakey holds a fish at Pikes Place Market in Seattle

At Pike Place Market, Marcus gets a taste of what it is like to haul in the day's fresh catch and stock the market. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey and Green Pajamas

Marcus Sakey and Green Pajamas

Seattle has a strong music culture, and in the '90s, it was all about grunge. To learn about that scene, Marcus drops by the basement recording studio of local legends, The Green Pajamas. The guys knew Nirvana and witnessed the rise of the grunge movement. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey at the Experience Music Project Museum Nirvana exhibit

Marcus Sakey at the Experience Music Project Museum Nirvana exhibit

Marcus digs into the death of grunge rocker Kurt Cobain and visits the Nirvana exhibit at the Experience Music Project Museum. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey walking at night in Seattle

Marcus Sakey walking at night in Seattle

Marcus continues to investigate Cobain's death. Even though it was ruled a suicide, there is question as to whether or not Cobain could have killed himself based on his blood's heroin level. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey checking out produce in Seattle

Marcus Sakey checking out produce in Seattle

A different side of the city is revealed as Marcus looks into the worst massacre in the state -- the Wah Mee murders. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey and Todd Mathews

Marcus Sakey and Todd Mathews

Marcus sits down with Todd Matthews, author of the book Wah Mee, to discuss Willie Mak, Tony and Benjamin Ng and the events that occurred at the Wah Mee Club. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey and Neil Low at Tea Room

Marcus Sakey and Neil Low at Tea Room

Seattle police department captain Neil Low talks with Marcus about how important the witness, and lone survivor of the massacre, Wai Chin, was to the case against the 3 Wah Mee killers. 960 1280

  

Marcus looking out over Seattle

Marcus looking out over Seattle

Colton Harris-Moore lived on the San Juan Islands and is known as the Barefoot Bandit. The 20-year-old has committed more than 80 thefts and burglaries and managed to elude the authorities for 2 years before his capture in 2010. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey with Bob Friel in Seattle

Marcus Sakey with Bob Friel in Seattle

Writer Bob Friel has covered Colton's exploits and gives Marcus his take on the Barefoot Bandit. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey and Kyle Ater at Homegrown Market

Marcus Sakey and Kyle Ater at Homegrown Market

Orcas Homegrown Market owner Kyle Ater talks to Marcus about how Colton's crimes affected his business. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey flying a plane with Scott Farnes

Marcus Sakey flying a plane with Scott Farnes

Marcus wants to learn how Colton stole, flew and landed small planes without any training. To do this, he hops in a plane and tries his hand at flying. Thank goodness instructor Scott Farnes was there for backup. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey writing in cafe in Seattle

Marcus Sakey writing in cafe in Seattle

Marcus writes about the 3 stories he encountered in Seattle. From drugs to murder and a thief with no shoes -- anything is possible in Seattle. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey in front of the US Capital

Marcus Sakey in front of the US Capital

Marcus heads to Washington, DC, to explore 3 modern-day stories of snipers, spies and smokers (of crack cocaine, that is). 960 1280

  

Paul LaRuffa and Marcus Sakey discuss the Beltway Snipes

Paul LaRuffa and Marcus Sakey discuss the Beltway Snipes

Marcus chats with Paul LaRuffa, one of the first victims of the Beltway snipers. Paul shares what it was like to be shot 5 times. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey meets with residents of the DC Metro area

Marcus Sakey meets with residents of the DC Metro area

Marcus meets with DC-area residents to discuss their experiences during the time when the Beltway snipers held the area hostage. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey talks with DC metro residents at a Town Hall

Marcus Sakey talks with DC metro residents at a Town Hall

The DC-area residents tell Marcus that the randomness of the attacks made that time much more terrifying. Parents stopped allowing their children to play outside and people pumped gas behind tarps. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey at a junkyard

Marcus Sakey at a junkyard

Marcus visits a junkyard to try his hand at creating a killing machine like the vehicle used by the snipers. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey looks into the trunk of a car

Marcus Sakey looks into the trunk of a car

The Beltway snipers took out a seat in their car so they could lie down and shoot out of a small hole in the back of the trunk. Marcus tries to recreate the feeling of getting ready to shoot someone from such a vantage point. 960 1280

  

Robert Hanssen

Robert Hanssen

Marcus probes into the story of FBI-agent-turned-spy, Robert Hanssen. Hanssen sold US secrets to the Russians for years. 960 1280

  

David Major at the International Spy Museum

David Major at the International Spy Museum

Marcus heads to the International Spy Museum to meet with counter intelligence expert and colleague of Hanssen, David Major. 960 1280

  

Eric O'Neill former FBI agent

Eric O'Neill former FBI agent

Former FBI agent Eric O'Neill became Hanssen's assistant so he could help gather evidence against him. Marcus questions O'Neill about his assignment and O'Neill puts Marcus to the test in catching "a rabbit" -- someone who it the object of surveillance. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey writing in Washington DC

Marcus Sakey writing in Washington DC

The last story leads Marcus to one of Washington, DC's most infamous politicians, Marion Barry. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey and Tim Craig talking at City Hall

Marcus Sakey and Tim Craig talking at City Hall

Washington Post reporter Tim Craig covers local politics and knows the ups and downs of Marion Barry's career quite well. He gives Marcus an insider's look at the politician. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey and Sandra Seegers

Marcus Sakey and Sandra Seegers

Marcus talks with former Barry campaign worker Sandra Seegars about Barry's troubles after the FBI bust for smoking crack cocaine and his comeback after prison. 960 1280

  

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