Mysteries at the Castle: Frankenstein Pictures

In this episode of Mysteries at the Castle, visit a German castle that was the site of a gruesome 17th-century experiment, tour the home of a cursed aristocrat, and inspect an isolated French fortress.
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The origins of one of the most famous horror stories of all time can be traced here, to Frankenstein Castle in Mühltal, Germany.

Behind the menacing stone walls, now in ruins, a 17th-century scientist conducted a series of macabre experiments in his quest for the secret to immortality -- inspiring a literary masterpiece.

Located west of London, Highclere Castle just happens to be the set of the hit series Downton Abbey.

But Highclere harbors a little-known secret: Stored in its recesses is a collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, extracted from the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun.

In 17th-century France, a single prisoner was locked up in an isolated fortress on a desolate Mediterranean island known as Ile Sainte-Marguerite, France.

Confined to his cell at Fort Royal, he was forced to wear an iron mask at all times. The prisoner’s identity and the reason for his imprisonment have remained a mystery for centuries … but theories abound.

During the heightened tensions of the Cold War, an elegant party at the magnificent Cliveden House at Taplow, Buckinghamshire, England, spawned a secret love triangle.

The affair among a young starlet, a government minister and a Russian spy triggered a national crisis.

The opulent mansion known as Round Hill Manor in South Dartmouth, MA, was built by America’s wealthiest woman, known as the “Witch of Wall Street.”

Obsessed with hoarding her riches, she had to choose between her injured son and her money. Her shocking decision resulted in Round Hill Manor.

Within the walls of Hammond Castle in Gloucester, MA, a bizarre experiment was conducted in an effort to prove that ESP, or extrasensory perception, is real.

The celebrated inventor of the car radio, remote control and a host of other modern conveniences developed an unusual new interest in ESP, attracting the attention of the US military.