Monumental Mysteries: Devil's Music Pictures

Don Wildman investigates the mysterious death of a famous musician and an embezzlement scheme that resulted in the construction of an iconic landmark.
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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.

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

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?

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.

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?

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?

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?

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.

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?