Sickness of the Brooklyn Bridge, Gram Parsons Coffin Heist

Host Don Wildman visits an iconic bridge, examines a twisted and beautiful marble sculpture that commemorates an out-of-this world event, and heads to a vast desert to investigate the last days of a legendary rock star.

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Loretto Chapel
Loretto Chapel

Loretto Chapel

An unknown carpenter constructs a seemingly-impossible helix-shaped staircase at New Mexico’s Loretto Chapel. But before he can be paid, he mysteriously disappears. The Sisters of Loretto offer a reward in exchange for identifying their carpenter, but no one ever comes forward. 960 1280

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Loretto Chapel

Loretto Chapel

The impressive staircase was built without the use of nails or a center support beam. 960 1280

  

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

Today, tourists and locals alike are inspired by the Brooklyn Bridge, a beautiful example of human ingenuity. But at the time of its construction, as sudden deaths started to mount, the bridge was the site of a confounding mystery that baffled doctors. What was this deadly “caisson disease”? 960 1280

  

Falling Star Statue

Falling Star Statue

Known as the Marble City, sleepy Sylacauga, AL, is the home of the Falling Star Monument – a glistening-white statue that commemorates an event that set this normally quiet town into a spiral of fear. 960 1280

  

Falling Star Statue

Falling Star Statue

On November 30, 1954, 34-year-old Ann Hodges was resting on her couch when an 8.5-pound meteorite came crashing through her roof and hit her in the side. 960 1280

  

Joshua Tree Inn

Joshua Tree Inn

Deep in the southeastern desert of California, the stark beauty of Joshua Tree National Park – named after the trees that dot the landscape – has long lured nature lovers. Musician Gram Parsons, former guitarist of the Byrds and founder of the Flying Burrito Brothers Band, especially loved the desert oasis. 960 1280

  

Gram Parsons

Gram Parsons

On September 18, 1973 the musician was partying with friends at the Joshua Tree Inn when tragedy struck – he overdosed from a mixture of alcohol, heroin and morphine. His body was scheduled to be sent home to family, but it mysteriously disappeared from Los Angeles International Airport. What happened to it? 960 1280

  

Garfield Monument

Garfield Monument

The Garfield Mausoleum and Monument, located in Cleveland, OH, stands 180-feet tall and is decorated with elaborate frescoes. The interior is equally grand: there are intricate stained glass windows, mosaic tiles, winding marble stairs and an ivory-colored marble statue of Garfield himself. 960 1280

  

Garfield Monument

Garfield Monument

Despite the grandeur of this memorial -- it’s the biggest and most elaborate burial place of any American president (insert space here) -- Garfield served the second-shortest term in US history, his promise cut short by his untimely death. 960 1280

  

Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell

On July 2, 1881, a man shoots President Garfield as he waits for a train at the Potomac and Baltimore station. He survives the shooting, but 11 weeks later his condition deteriorates and he dies. Could his death been prevented by a new invention by Alexander Graham Bell? 960 1280

  

Boll Weevil Statue

Boll Weevil Statue

The Boll Weevil Statue, located in Enterprise, AL, is -- according to local authorities -- the only memorial on the planet dedicated to a pest. 960 1280

  

Boll Weevil Statue

Boll Weevil Statue

The strange statuary is a reminder of one of the most devastating blights in US history, when boll weevils decimated the cotton crops in Alabama. 960 1280

  


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