Monumental Mysteries: Headless Chicken Pictures

Host Don Wildman examines an unusual sculpture of a death-defying creature; gazes upon a lonely outpost built atop an island that witnessed unspeakable horrors; and explores a spectacular park.

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In July 1915, bomb expert Frank Holt destroyed the Senate Reception Room with a time bomb. He used a specific amount of sulfuric acid that steadily ate its way through a cork and reacted with mercury to detonate the fuse. After the bombing, Holt became the No. 1 public enemy in America. 960 1280

  

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Murphy?s Ranch is an American Nazi bunker that some believe has ties to Hitler. Predicting chaos would ensue in the wake of WWII, its occupants wanted to ensure that they had an appropriate base in North America from which they could begin a fascist government. 960 1280

  

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Bulletproof Handkerchief

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Main Street in Tombstone, AZ, is where a silk handkerchief was found to be impenetrable by bullets. After witnessing many duels outside of the Oriental Saloon, Dr. George Goodfellow began to study the resistance power of silk. In 1893, his research on the matter led to the invention of the first bulletproof vest by Casimir Zeglen. 960 1280

  

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A sign in the heart of Tombstone, AZ, details 2 duels that occurred outside of the Oriental Saloon. Arguments between gamblers were often settled by duels outside the saloon. 960 1280

  

Kecksburg Space Acorn

Kecksburg Space Acorn

This peculiar monument was inspired by a mysterious object that reportedly fell from the sky and sparked a storm of controversy, panic and fear 960 1280

  

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Kecksburg Space Acorn

The quaint town of Kecksburg, PA, is home to a giant acorn-shaped sculpture with strange hieroglyphic-like markings. 960 1280

  

Murder at the Mission

Murder at the Mission

Located in San Miguel, CA, this splendid, 18th century adobe structure is steeped in history and culture. 960 1280

  

Murder at the Mission

Murder at the Mission

The serenity of this landmark belies its sinister past. These sacred grounds witnessed the horrific scene of one of the state's earliest mass murders. 960 1280

  

Skyscraper Swindle

Skyscraper Swindle

Despite its diminutive size, this building boasts a tall tale and is a monument to the greed and gullibility that came during America's oil boom era. 960 1280

  

Skyscraper Swindle

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While this unadorned marker is easily overlooked, it tells a larger-than-life tale of an enigmatic beauty who fought for her cause by using her feminine wiles. 960 1280

  

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When a local rancher stumbles upon an unusual crime scene, authorities begin to believe that the park has attracted an extraterrestrial guest. 960 1280

  

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In Manhattan’s City Hall Park, a small monument marks the former site of one of the newspaper industry's most colossal companies and the unexpected rag- tag labor movement that threatened to bring it to its knees. 960 1280