NewYork's Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world. But a mysterious disease once afflicted the many workers who toiled tirelessly tobuild it over the East River. The small town of Sylacauga, Alabama proudly displays a curious marble sculpture thatcommemorates an earth-shattering event that sparked a wave of fear and paranoia across the South. And California's Joshua Tree National Park was once the site of a strange plot involving the body of a legendary rock star.
The Chestnut Hill Baptist Church in Exeter, Rhode Island is the site of a cemetery where a tombstone marks the resting place of a young woman who some believe haunted this small New England Town and inspired a literary classic. New York City's Brooklyn Bridge is the inspiration for one of America's most notorious scams, perpetrated by an expert con man whose daring scheme still resonates today. And in California's San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, two inmates pulled off a brazen escape from the country's most infamous prison.
Host Don Wildman visits the memorial to the dog that became a celebrated war hero, examines the iconic bridge shrouded in tragedy, and heads to the state forest where a unidentified substance threatened an entire community.
Grand Central Terminal in New York City is the location of a remarkable ceiling mural that some believe contains symbols of the occult and may reveal a secret message from a shadowy group of elites. On Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii is a remarkable wooden statue of Duke Kahanamoku, whose extraordinary aquatic skills were put to the ultimate test. And in Charleston, South Carolina the thick walls of the Charleston Jail once housed a beautiful but notorious killer, who some believe may still haunt these grim chambers to this day.
The Chrysler Building is one of Manhattan's most iconic skyscrapers. But its construction was fueled by a bitter rivalry between two one-time colleagues in a competition that transfixed the nation. A mausoleum on the campus of California's Stanford University commemorates one of this school's founding figures, whose chilling murder remains unsolved to this day. And in Hollywood, California, a star commemorates an iconic legend who graced the silver screen with her beauty and the world with a technological innovation that is still in use.
NewYork's Ellis Island is filled with the history of the millions of immigrants who passed through its historic buildings. But one famous family, immortalized in a classic film, almost never made it through at all. Deep inside California's Death Valley National Park lies a dried-out lakebed containing a set of mysterious stones which seemingly have the ability to sail across the sand, baffling scientists to this day. And in San Antonio, Texas is a legendary and hallowed fortress which once saw one of America's most famous battles. Some believe that a vast treasure may be buried somewhere within its stone walls.
Near the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art stands a statue of the fictional film icon Rocky Balboa. But who was the real life boxer who inspired this famous underdog tale? In Brooklyn's Greenwood Cemetery stand two tombstones in close proximity to each other, marking the final resting place of a wealthy murder victim and that of his possible killer. What was the strange relationship of these graveyard neighbors? And next to the retired USS Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego California is a colorful statue known asUnconditional Surrender,which depicts an iconic moment at the end of World War Two when a Navy sailor spontaneously kissed a nurse in Times Square. So, who were these iconic paramours?
In Hopkinsville, Kentucky's Riverside Cemetery is a simple stone grave marker for an individual named Edgar Cayce. This humble man is now considered one of the most important American psychics of the 20th century. But did he really have the power to heal the sick? In Brooklyn, New York's Prospect Park is a bronze bust of the Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This brilliant musical prodigy died tragically at the young age of thirty-five. But was he a victim of murder? Denver, Colorado's Cheesman Park is a lovely urban green space, but few visitors here are aware of its sinister history. Formerly a dilapidated cemetery, this park is haunted by a ghastly episode from its past, which is said to have spawned a hell storm of paranormal activity and believed to have helped inspire a legendary horror film.
Scattered around New York City are three statues inspired by the same stunning model, who was a muse to hundreds of artists. But another man's obsession with her went far beyond fine art. In Arizona, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest is home to over 400 species of wildlife and over 680 miles of rivers and streams. But this tranquil oasis was also the site of a bizarre and chilling encounter and a mysterious disappearance that many are convinced was an alien abduction. And the city of Buffalo, New York lends its name to a fiery and famous all-American food. But this culinary creation sparked an investigation and fierce debate that is still ongoing today.
In Clarksdale, Mississippi, is a monument comprised of three massive guitars, known as the Crossroads Monument. It marks the spot where legendary bluesman Robert Johnson is said to have made a deal with the devil which endowed him with his renowned musical skills. In San Francisco, California, Fisherman's Wharf is a tourist mecca and the long-time home of the city's commercial fishing fleet. But in the 1850s, this site was also at the center of one of the biggest scandals in the history of San Francisco. In Southern Alaska, the Chugach National Forest is the site of a mysterious 1972 small aircraft disappearance, involving two of the most powerful men in the U.S. Congress, Congressmen Hale Boggs and Nick Begich. The facts of this incident suggest the cause may be rooted in something more sinister than a weather-related crash.
In Somers, New York, is a 20-foot granite obelisk on top of which sits a statue of a most unlikely pioneer - an elephant. "Old Bet" first arrived in America in 1805 and went on to a storied career as the first circus elephant. And although ten years later, she met a tragic fate, her legacy lives on. In a quiet graveyard in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, is a historic marker to the "Greenbrier Ghost." After a beautiful young woman dies, her mother receives a paranormal message from her daughter's ghost from beyond the grave, purportedly informing her that it was her husband who killed her. On the island of Kauai is a statue to the great British explorer, Captain James Cook, who met his tragic demise on anidyllic Hawaiian beach at the hands of a group of natives who he thought were friendly.
The landmark town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas has attracted visitors to its legendary mineral springs for more than a century. In 1937 a flamboyant businessman named Norman Baker opened a cancer hospital in the former Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs. But some people began to question whether Baker was doing his patients more harm than good. In Carmel, New York is a bronze statue of a mounted teenage girl named Sybil Ludington. Like the much more famous Paul Revere, Ludington was known to have made a daring ride to warn the local militia of approaching British troops. In the high altitude town of Nederland, Colorado is an unlikely monument - a simple storage shed. In 1994, an eccentric local woman named Aud Morstol set off a firestorm of controversy when local authorities discover the ghastly contents of the shed in back of her house.
On a high summit near Laramie, Wyoming is a strange pyramidal structure that looks like something from ancient Egypt or Mayan Mexico. But this monument actually commemorates one of the greatest technological achievements of the 19th century and one of the worst scandals. In a peaceful park onManhattan's Upper West Side is a poignant statue commemorating a tragic love story that began in New York City and ended in the frozen seas of the NorthAtlantic, with the sinking of the RMSTitanic. Off the western shore of Lake Berryessa in Napa County, California is a strip of land that locals have dubbed Zodiac Island as a testament to its sinister past. It was here that two victims of one of California's most notorious serials killer were found.