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Selling Grant's Tomb
Selling Grant's Tomb

Selling Grant's Tomb

When newspapers report that the General Grant National Memorial is falling into critical disrepair, 67-year-old hustler George Parker gets an idea. In 1928, he poses as President Ulysses S. Grant’s grandson and “sells” the tomb to a number of businessmen, all of whom dream of making a fortune by eventually charging entry to the majestic monument. 960 1280

  

Selling the Brooklyn Bridge

Selling the Brooklyn Bridge

But Grant’s Tomb wasn’t the only monument Parker had “sold.” He began his scheme back in 1883 when he posed as the owner of New York City’s iconic Brooklyn Bridge and “sold” it to unsuspecting immigrants. 960 1280

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Selling the Brooklyn Bridge

Selling the Brooklyn Bridge

Police frequently had to roust so-called “owners” of the bridge as they attempted to put up tollbooths. The police finally resorted to handing out pamphlets at ports warning all immigrants that they can’t “buy public buildings.” 960 1280

  

Statue of the Republic

Statue of the Republic

The Statue of the Republic, commemorating the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, reminds passers-by of the exhibition, but also its dark history. During the fair, a man going by the name of H.H. Holmes built a “hotel” where he lured young women, most of whom never came out. 960 1280

  

Alcatraz

Alcatraz

In 1937, Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe were the first 2 prisoners to successfully make it to the shore of the San Francisco Bay after breaking out of Alcatraz. 960 1280

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Alcatraz

Alcatraz

Officials quickly concluded that the pair had drowned in the San Francisco Bay, but many reports of future sightings suggest otherwise. 960 1280

  

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

On June 24, 1947, private pilot Kenneth Arnold was flying at 9,200 feet near Mt. Rainier on a mission to find a missing transport airplane when he encountered something extraordinary … he saw a shimmering light followed 30 seconds later by a series of bright flashes north of the mountain range. 960 1280

  

Flying Saucers

Flying Saucers

Arnold then observed flat crescent-shaped objects flying in a chain formation, which he describes as “saucers on water.” The supersonic speed of the unidentified flying objects and the strangely-shaped discs grab both the media and the public’s attention, and the term “flying saucer” makes its debut. 960 1280

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Confederate General Robert E. Lee

Confederate General Robert E. Lee

April 14, 1865. Just 5 days after the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and the end of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln decides to take in a show at Ford’s Theatre in the nation’s capital. 960 1280

  

John Wilkes Booth

John Wilkes Booth

At 10:13 p.m., a well-known actor and Confederate sympathizer -- John Wilkes Booth -- enters the president’s box and shoots him in the back of the head. In the ensuing chaos, he flees Washington on horseback. Twelve days later, Union soldiers track him down and shoot him. Soldiers claim he died, but did he? 960 1280

  

Chestnut Hill Baptist Church Cemetery

Chestnut Hill Baptist Church Cemetery

Buried at the Chestnut Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Exeter, RI, is the body of a girl who was believed to be a vampire. 960 1280

  

Mercy “Lena” Brown

Mercy “Lena” Brown

In January 1892, 19-year-old Mercy “Lena” Brown succumbed to a strange disease – one that caused her to cough up blood as her body wasted away. At the time, many claimed that Lena was a vampire, and they exhumed her body to prove it. 960 1280

  

Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf

Located on San Francisco’s north shore, the bustling Fisherman’s Wharf attracts more than 10 million visitors a year. But in the 1850s, this site was also at the center of one of the biggest scandals in the history of the city. 960 1280

  

Meiggs Wharf

Meiggs Wharf

Originally known as Meiggs’ Wharf, this maritime landmark was involved in a controversial embezzlement scheme. 960 1280

  

Crossroads Monument

Crossroads Monument

At the intersection of Highways 61 and 49 in Clarksdale, MS, stands the Crossroads Monument, a fitting tribute to the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson. This monument marks the spot where Johnson is said to have acquired his status as the “King of the Delta Blues.” But did he make a deal with the devil? 960 1280

  

Alaska Triangle

Alaska Triangle

On the southern shore of Alaska lies a 5.4-million acre expanse of woodland known as the Chugach National Forest. It was here in 1972 that 2 of the most powerful members of US Congress, Congressmen Hale Boggs and Nick Begich, disappeared on a flight to Juneau. 960 1280

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Plane Crash in Alaska

Plane Crash in Alaska

The men and their plane’s wreckage were never found. Were these men the victims of Mother Nature … or were there more sinister forces involved? 960 1280

  

Frank Lloyd Wright's studio

Frank Lloyd Wright's studio

This magnificent landmark of modern design became the home and studio of Frank Lloyd Wright, one the 20th century’s greatest architects. But in 1914, this peaceful structure was the sight of a horrific crime. What caused a loyal worker here to commit an unthinkable massacre? 960 1280

  

Charles Dickens Statue

Charles Dickens Statue

Located in Philadelphia’s Clark Park is a larger-than-life statue of the legendary British author, Charles Dickens. Could the spirit of this great writer have been channeled posthumously to an uneducated American printer in order to complete Dickens’ final masterpiece? 960 1280

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Delta National Forest

Delta National Forest

The dense swampy woods of the Delta National Forest are the unlikely location of a formative event in presidential history. Early in his presidency Theodore Roosevelt was confronted with a moral dilemma while on a bear hunt in Mississippi. 960 1280

  

Teddy Mercy

Teddy Mercy

After he refused to kill the bear, President Roosevelt became known as “Teddy Mercy.” So how did his actions lead to the creation of an iconic American childhood toy? 960 1280

  

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls was one of the most important sites on the Underground Railroad, and played an integral role in allowing abolitionists to smuggle runaway slaves to freedom in Canada. 960 1280

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Niagara falls

Niagara falls

The falls was the site of one of the most daring escape attempts in the history of the abolitionist movement. 960 1280

  

Mazart Prospect Park

Mazart Prospect Park

Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY, is home to a bronze bust of the legendary Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Could this musical prodigy’s death -- at the young age of 35 -- have been a case of deliberate poisoning? 960 1280

  

Along the Indian River Lagoon in Titusville, FL, is the Space Walk of Fame, and among the outdoor plaza’s monuments is the glistening Gemini Monument. Few may realize that the 8th Gemini mission involved a hair-raising episode that nearly cost the lives of astronauts David Scott and Neil Armstrong. 960 1280

  

Riverside Cemetery

Riverside Cemetery

At Riverside Cemetery in Hopkinsville, KY, is the modest tombstone of Edgar Cayce, a man whom many consider to be the most important American psychic of the 20th century. 960 1280

  

Sleeping Prophet Cayce

Sleeping Prophet Cayce

Could Cayce, the so-called “Sleeping Prophet,” really use his trance-like abilities to heal the hopelessly ill? 960 1280

  

Yosemite

Yosemite

One of the crown jewels of America’s national park system, Yosemite has been enjoyed by generations of American nature lovers. But few realize that the efforts of a man named Galen Clark helped save this majestic natural monument from destructive exploitation at the hands of developers. 960 1280

  

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Selling Grant's Tomb

Selling Grant's Tomb

When newspapers report that the General Grant National Memorial is falling into critical disrepair, 67-year-old hustler George Parker gets an idea. In 1928, he poses as President Ulysses S. Grant’s grandson and “sells” the tomb to a number of businessmen, all of whom dream of making a fortune by eventually charging entry to the majestic monument. 960 1280

  

Selling the Brooklyn Bridge

Selling the Brooklyn Bridge

But Grant’s Tomb wasn’t the only monument Parker had “sold.” He began his scheme back in 1883 when he posed as the owner of New York City’s iconic Brooklyn Bridge and “sold” it to unsuspecting immigrants. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Selling the Brooklyn Bridge

Selling the Brooklyn Bridge

Police frequently had to roust so-called “owners” of the bridge as they attempted to put up tollbooths. The police finally resorted to handing out pamphlets at ports warning all immigrants that they can’t “buy public buildings.” 960 1280

  

Statue of the Republic

Statue of the Republic

The Statue of the Republic, commemorating the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, reminds passers-by of the exhibition, but also its dark history. During the fair, a man going by the name of H.H. Holmes built a “hotel” where he lured young women, most of whom never came out. 960 1280

  

Alcatraz

Alcatraz

In 1937, Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe were the first 2 prisoners to successfully make it to the shore of the San Francisco Bay after breaking out of Alcatraz. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Alcatraz

Alcatraz

Officials quickly concluded that the pair had drowned in the San Francisco Bay, but many reports of future sightings suggest otherwise. 960 1280

  

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

On June 24, 1947, private pilot Kenneth Arnold was flying at 9,200 feet near Mt. Rainier on a mission to find a missing transport airplane when he encountered something extraordinary … he saw a shimmering light followed 30 seconds later by a series of bright flashes north of the mountain range. 960 1280

  

Flying Saucers

Flying Saucers

Arnold then observed flat crescent-shaped objects flying in a chain formation, which he describes as “saucers on water.” The supersonic speed of the unidentified flying objects and the strangely-shaped discs grab both the media and the public’s attention, and the term “flying saucer” makes its debut. 960 1280

Terry Bridges  

Confederate General Robert E. Lee

Confederate General Robert E. Lee

April 14, 1865. Just 5 days after the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and the end of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln decides to take in a show at Ford’s Theatre in the nation’s capital. 960 1280

  

John Wilkes Booth

John Wilkes Booth

At 10:13 p.m., a well-known actor and Confederate sympathizer -- John Wilkes Booth -- enters the president’s box and shoots him in the back of the head. In the ensuing chaos, he flees Washington on horseback. Twelve days later, Union soldiers track him down and shoot him. Soldiers claim he died, but did he? 960 1280

  

Chestnut Hill Baptist Church Cemetery

Chestnut Hill Baptist Church Cemetery

Buried at the Chestnut Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Exeter, RI, is the body of a girl who was believed to be a vampire. 960 1280

  

Mercy “Lena” Brown

Mercy “Lena” Brown

In January 1892, 19-year-old Mercy “Lena” Brown succumbed to a strange disease – one that caused her to cough up blood as her body wasted away. At the time, many claimed that Lena was a vampire, and they exhumed her body to prove it. 960 1280

  

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf

Located on San Francisco’s north shore, the bustling Fisherman’s Wharf attracts more than 10 million visitors a year. But in the 1850s, this site was also at the center of one of the biggest scandals in the history of the city. 960 1280

  

Meiggs Wharf

Meiggs Wharf

Originally known as Meiggs’ Wharf, this maritime landmark was involved in a controversial embezzlement scheme. 960 1280

  

Crossroads Monument

Crossroads Monument

At the intersection of Highways 61 and 49 in Clarksdale, MS, stands the Crossroads Monument, a fitting tribute to the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson. This monument marks the spot where Johnson is said to have acquired his status as the “King of the Delta Blues.” But did he make a deal with the devil? 960 1280

  

Alaska Triangle

Alaska Triangle

On the southern shore of Alaska lies a 5.4-million acre expanse of woodland known as the Chugach National Forest. It was here in 1972 that 2 of the most powerful members of US Congress, Congressmen Hale Boggs and Nick Begich, disappeared on a flight to Juneau. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Plane Crash in Alaska

Plane Crash in Alaska

The men and their plane’s wreckage were never found. Were these men the victims of Mother Nature … or were there more sinister forces involved? 960 1280

  

Frank Lloyd Wright's studio

Frank Lloyd Wright's studio

This magnificent landmark of modern design became the home and studio of Frank Lloyd Wright, one the 20th century’s greatest architects. But in 1914, this peaceful structure was the sight of a horrific crime. What caused a loyal worker here to commit an unthinkable massacre? 960 1280

  

Charles Dickens Statue

Charles Dickens Statue

Located in Philadelphia’s Clark Park is a larger-than-life statue of the legendary British author, Charles Dickens. Could the spirit of this great writer have been channeled posthumously to an uneducated American printer in order to complete Dickens’ final masterpiece? 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Delta National Forest

Delta National Forest

The dense swampy woods of the Delta National Forest are the unlikely location of a formative event in presidential history. Early in his presidency Theodore Roosevelt was confronted with a moral dilemma while on a bear hunt in Mississippi. 960 1280

  

Teddy Mercy

Teddy Mercy

After he refused to kill the bear, President Roosevelt became known as “Teddy Mercy.” So how did his actions lead to the creation of an iconic American childhood toy? 960 1280

  

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

Spanning the entrance to San Francisco Bay, the vibrantly orange Golden Gate Bridge is one of this country’s most iconic monuments. This beautiful behemoth holds the distinction for being the most photographed bridge in the world, but few visitors realize that its origins are shrouded in tragedy. In February 1937, 10 bridge workers plummeted to their deaths – what caused this terrible accident? 960 1280

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Ford's Theatre

Ford's Theatre

On April 15, 1865, America’s beloved 16th president was assassinated by actor and confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC. But what happened to Lincoln’s assassin? Was he killed as he resisted capture -- as our history books state -- or could he have survived and evaded justice? 960 1280

  

Garfield's Tomb

Garfield's Tomb

This magnificent building isn’t a castle or a cathedral, but the nation’s first true mausoleum, commemorating US President James A. Garfield. Despite the grandeur of this memorial, Garfield served the second-shortest term in US history, cut short by his untimely death. Who, or what, really killed President James A. Garfield? And how did his death herald in an invention that we still use today? 960 1280

  

General Grant National Memorial

General Grant National Memorial

Amidst the green oasis of New York’s Riverside Park, stands the General Grant National Memorial, the final resting place of president and Civil War legend Ulysses S. Grant. But how was this monument involved in one of the most audacious scandals of all time? 960 1280

  

Mercy “Lena” Brown's Grave

Mercy “Lena” Brown's Grave

In January 1892, 19-year-old Mercy “Lena” Brown succumbs to a strange disease – one that causes her to cough up blood as her body wastes away. At the time, many claim that Lena was a vampire, and they exhume her body to prove it. What literary classic did her story inspire? 960 1280

  

Tombstone

Tombstone

Designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1961, the town of Tombstone in southern Arizona is one of the best-preserved specimens of rugged frontier towns from the 1870s. But the town was also home to a dangerous renegade, whose reign of terror culminated in an infamous shootout that’s now the stuff of legend. 960 1280

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Boll Weevil Statue

Boll Weevil Statue

The Boll Weevil Monument in the town of Enterprise, AL, holds the distinction of being the world’s only monument dedicated to an agricultural pest. 960 1280

  

Falling Star Statue

Falling Star Statue

The Falling Star Statue in the sleepy town of Sylacauga, AL, was built to commemorate the first known instance of a meteor hitting a person in modern history. 960 1280

  

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station in New York City is one of the country’s best-loved landmarks. Its main concourse is crowned by an enormous astronomical mural painted in gold leaf and cerulean blue. The mural depicts the star signs of the zodiac and is the largest diagram of its kind in the modern world. But this zodiac is not like others, and sinister symbolism may be hidden within its design. 960 1280

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