Monumental Mysteries: Filth Party Pictures

Don Wildman investigates the former home of a mysterious dancer, a 16-foot-tall statue of Vladimir Lenin and a disease once studied by a scientist who used himself as a lab rat.

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Sacred Cod
Theft of the Sacred Cod

Theft of the Sacred Cod

Inside of the state house is an unusual woodcarving of a fish that was once at the center of a mysterious abduction that brought politics in Boston to a standstill. 960 1280

  

Theft of the Sacred Cod

Theft of the Sacred Cod

The Massachusetts State House, home to the governor's office and the state legislature, overlooks the city of Boston from its perch on Beacon Hill. 960 1280

  

Watseka Wonder

Watseka Wonder

At the Roff home in Illinois, a teenage girl who was seemingly possessed by spirits convinced her parents and doctors to consider a heart breaking treatment. 960 1280

  

Watseka Wonder

Watseka Wonder

In the rural outskirts of the tiny city of Watseka, IL, is an architectural Victorian gem with big arching windows that harbors a frightening secret from the afterlife. 960 1280

  

King of Jazz

King of Jazz

A handsome and charismatic cornet player from New Orleans began playing with a trailblazing style that sent audiences into frenzy, but may have also caused a dark shift in his personality that lead to insanity. 960 1280

  

King of Jazz

King of Jazz

Near the popular French Quarter, a bizarre, 7-foot-tall, 3-headed statue honors a tragic musical hero. 960 1280

  

Secret of the Sphinx

Secret of the Sphinx

Outside of Los Angeles, the magnificent Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Preserve is home to towering, 500-foot-high sand dunes that guard secrets of lost relics. 960 1280

  

Secret of the Sphinx

Secret of the Sphinx

On these drifts, a powerful movie director built an ancient city for an unprecedented biblical odyssey. After filming ended, the massive construction seemingly vanished into thin air. 960 1280

  

Baseball's Forgotten Hero

Baseball's Forgotten Hero

This unsung baseball hero stood firmly against fierce rivals both on and off the playing field, and was the first to break through the cruelest of social barriers. 960 1280

  

Baseball's Forgotten Hero

Baseball's Forgotten Hero

In the shadow of Toledo, OH?s ballpark is a modest marker that commemorates one of baseball's greatest pioneers who is almost entirely absent from the history books. 960 1280

  

Artichoke War

Artichoke War

New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia declared war on a violent and vicious enemy but incredibly, his weapon of choice was an item found more on a dinner plate than the mean streets of the city. 960 1280

  

Lucy the Elephant
Lucy the Elephant

Lucy the Elephant

Lucy the Elephant is a mammoth structure with a body that is 38 feet long and 80 feet around with 17-foot-long ears and 22-foot-long tusks, and stands 65 feet high. As a ploy to attract land buyers to his site, 25-year-old James V. Lafferty constructed Lucy. The plan failed, but over the years Lucy is used as a summer rental home, a tavern and a boarding house. She is a major tourist attraction and beloved symbol of Margate City, NJ. 960 1280

  

Lucy the Elephant

Lucy the Elephant

Located on Absecon Island on the New Jersey coastline, Margate City is famous for the large mammoth structure known as Lucy the Elephant. 960 1280

  

Capitol Bomber

Capitol Bomber

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

  

Hitler in Hollywood

Hitler in Hollywood

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

  

Hitler in Hollywood

Hitler in Hollywood

Home to a dangerous group of Nazi sympathizers called the Silver Shirts, Murphy?s Ranch -- a powerhouse in Los Angeles -- functioned as a self-sufficient community and base for the group?s dreams of a fascist government. 960 1280

  

Bulletproof Handkerchief

Bulletproof Handkerchief

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

  

Bulletproof Handkerchief

Bulletproof Handkerchief

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

  

Mike the Headless Chicken
Mike the Headless Chicken

Mike the Headless Chicken

Fruita, CO, plays home to a peculiar sculpture made of rusted metal tools that commemorates a celebrity rooster -- Mike the Headless Chicken -- who defied biology and mesmerized an entire nation. 960 1280

  

Mike the Headless Chicken

Mike the Headless Chicken

Miracle Mike survived slaughter in a seemingly impossible way, becoming a marvel that amazed scientists and changed a farmer's life. 960 1280

  

Boon Island Shipwreck

Boon Island Shipwreck

Off the coast of Maine's popular resorts stands a desolate isle that is home to the tallest Lighthouse in New England -- Boon Island Lighthouse. 960 1280

  

Boon Island Shipwreck

Boon Island Shipwreck

This proud beacon was constructed in the aftermath of a terrible event involving greed, betrayal and some of the darkest deeds that people have ever been reduced to. 960 1280

  

Kidnapped Evangelist

Kidnapped Evangelist

Balboa Park in San Diego is the site that helped launch the career of an evangelical superstar who became embroiled in a scandal involving kidnapping, torture and sex. 960 1280

  

Mini Mummy

Mini Mummy

The Pedro Mountains, located 50 miles south of Casper, WY, are a vast, windswept mountain range with colossal granite domes. 960 1280

  

Mini Mummy

Mini Mummy

This rugged terrain hid a miniature treasure that captured the imaginations of biologists, and questioned what is known about the origin of humans in the American west.This rugged terrain hid a miniature treasure that captured the imaginations of biologists, and questioned what is known about the origin of humans in the American west. 960 1280

  

Foshay’s Folly

Foshay’s Folly

Foshay's Tower in Minneapolis is a landmark skyscraper that was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi. It is now a luxury hotel. 960 1280

  

Foshay’s Folly

Foshay’s Folly

The Art Deco masterpiece known as Foshay's Tower was the focal point of an opulent celebration and devious scheme that shook the nation. 960 1280

  

America’s Forgotten President

America’s Forgotten President

Outside the county courthouse stands a bronze figure in colonial garb, depicting an unsung hero. 960 1280

  

America’s Forgotten President

America’s Forgotten President

This level-headed statesman held a fledgling nation together, but due to a legislative twist, was denied becoming the father of the country. 960 1280

  

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Theft of the Sacred Cod

Theft of the Sacred Cod

Inside of the state house is an unusual woodcarving of a fish that was once at the center of a mysterious abduction that brought politics in Boston to a standstill. 960 1280

  

Theft of the Sacred Cod

Theft of the Sacred Cod

The Massachusetts State House, home to the governor's office and the state legislature, overlooks the city of Boston from its perch on Beacon Hill. 960 1280

  

Watseka Wonder

Watseka Wonder

At the Roff home in Illinois, a teenage girl who was seemingly possessed by spirits convinced her parents and doctors to consider a heart breaking treatment. 960 1280

  

Watseka Wonder

Watseka Wonder

In the rural outskirts of the tiny city of Watseka, IL, is an architectural Victorian gem with big arching windows that harbors a frightening secret from the afterlife. 960 1280

  

King of Jazz

King of Jazz

A handsome and charismatic cornet player from New Orleans began playing with a trailblazing style that sent audiences into frenzy, but may have also caused a dark shift in his personality that lead to insanity. 960 1280

  

King of Jazz

King of Jazz

Near the popular French Quarter, a bizarre, 7-foot-tall, 3-headed statue honors a tragic musical hero. 960 1280

  

Secret of the Sphinx

Secret of the Sphinx

Outside of Los Angeles, the magnificent Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Preserve is home to towering, 500-foot-high sand dunes that guard secrets of lost relics. 960 1280

  

Secret of the Sphinx

Secret of the Sphinx

On these drifts, a powerful movie director built an ancient city for an unprecedented biblical odyssey. After filming ended, the massive construction seemingly vanished into thin air. 960 1280

  

Baseball's Forgotten Hero

Baseball's Forgotten Hero

This unsung baseball hero stood firmly against fierce rivals both on and off the playing field, and was the first to break through the cruelest of social barriers. 960 1280

  

Baseball's Forgotten Hero

Baseball's Forgotten Hero

In the shadow of Toledo, OH?s ballpark is a modest marker that commemorates one of baseball's greatest pioneers who is almost entirely absent from the history books. 960 1280

  

Artichoke War

Artichoke War

New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia declared war on a violent and vicious enemy but incredibly, his weapon of choice was an item found more on a dinner plate than the mean streets of the city. 960 1280

  

Lucy the Elephant

Lucy the Elephant

Lucy the Elephant is a mammoth structure with a body that is 38 feet long and 80 feet around with 17-foot-long ears and 22-foot-long tusks, and stands 65 feet high. As a ploy to attract land buyers to his site, 25-year-old James V. Lafferty constructed Lucy. The plan failed, but over the years Lucy is used as a summer rental home, a tavern and a boarding house. She is a major tourist attraction and beloved symbol of Margate City, NJ. 960 1280

  

Lucy the Elephant

Lucy the Elephant

Located on Absecon Island on the New Jersey coastline, Margate City is famous for the large mammoth structure known as Lucy the Elephant. 960 1280

  

Capitol Bomber

Capitol Bomber

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

  

Hitler in Hollywood

Hitler in Hollywood

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

  

Hitler in Hollywood

Hitler in Hollywood

Home to a dangerous group of Nazi sympathizers called the Silver Shirts, Murphy?s Ranch -- a powerhouse in Los Angeles -- functioned as a self-sufficient community and base for the group?s dreams of a fascist government. 960 1280

  

Bulletproof Handkerchief

Bulletproof Handkerchief

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

  

Bulletproof Handkerchief

Bulletproof Handkerchief

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

  

Mike the Headless Chicken

Mike the Headless Chicken

Fruita, CO, plays home to a peculiar sculpture made of rusted metal tools that commemorates a celebrity rooster -- Mike the Headless Chicken -- who defied biology and mesmerized an entire nation. 960 1280

  

Mike the Headless Chicken

Mike the Headless Chicken

Miracle Mike survived slaughter in a seemingly impossible way, becoming a marvel that amazed scientists and changed a farmer's life. 960 1280

  

Boon Island Shipwreck

Boon Island Shipwreck

Off the coast of Maine's popular resorts stands a desolate isle that is home to the tallest Lighthouse in New England -- Boon Island Lighthouse. 960 1280

  

Boon Island Shipwreck

Boon Island Shipwreck

This proud beacon was constructed in the aftermath of a terrible event involving greed, betrayal and some of the darkest deeds that people have ever been reduced to. 960 1280

  

Kidnapped Evangelist

Kidnapped Evangelist

Balboa Park in San Diego is the site that helped launch the career of an evangelical superstar who became embroiled in a scandal involving kidnapping, torture and sex. 960 1280

  

Mini Mummy

Mini Mummy

The Pedro Mountains, located 50 miles south of Casper, WY, are a vast, windswept mountain range with colossal granite domes. 960 1280

  

Mini Mummy

Mini Mummy

This rugged terrain hid a miniature treasure that captured the imaginations of biologists, and questioned what is known about the origin of humans in the American west.This rugged terrain hid a miniature treasure that captured the imaginations of biologists, and questioned what is known about the origin of humans in the American west. 960 1280

  

Foshay’s Folly

Foshay’s Folly

Foshay's Tower in Minneapolis is a landmark skyscraper that was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi. It is now a luxury hotel. 960 1280

  

Foshay’s Folly

Foshay’s Folly

The Art Deco masterpiece known as Foshay's Tower was the focal point of an opulent celebration and devious scheme that shook the nation. 960 1280

  

America’s Forgotten President

America’s Forgotten President

Outside the county courthouse stands a bronze figure in colonial garb, depicting an unsung hero. 960 1280

  

America’s Forgotten President

America’s Forgotten President

This level-headed statesman held a fledgling nation together, but due to a legislative twist, was denied becoming the father of the country. 960 1280

  

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