The Conqueror's Curse, Play-Doh, Poe Murder

Host Don Wildman examines a dress worn by the star of an infamous Hollywood movie with a cursed past, a lump of gray clay that spawned one of America’s most iconic toys, and a faded brown document from a murder case that inspired a chilling literary classic.

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Madonna and Child statue by Alceo Dossena
Madonna and Child statue by Alceo Dossena

Madonna and Child statue by Alceo Dossena

The marble Madonna and Child statue by Alceo Dossena, on display at the Detroit Institute of Arts. In 1928, Dossena sued his art dealers, claiming that they had been passing off his works as ancient masterpieces without his knowledge. 960 1280

  

Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit Institute of Arts

The Detroit Institute of Arts contains a beautifully carved marble sculpture that was involved in a scandalous tale of deception that shook the high-priced world of classic art to its core. 960 1280

  

Strong National Museum of Play

Strong National Museum of Play

Chris Bensch examines a small ball of clay on display at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY. This clay was the inspiration for an iconic American children’s toy: Play-Doh. 960 1280

  

Strong National Museum of Play

Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play reveals the story of a nursery school teacher who realized that wallpaper cleaner made a fun children’s toy. 960 1280

  

Mothman Museum

Mothman Museum

The Mothman Museum in Point Pleasant, WV, is home to these reels of audio – an interesting interview with a man named Woodrow Derenberger who claimed to have an encounter with an otherworldly being. 960 1280

  

Woodrow Derenberger

Woodrow Derenberger

Susan Sheppard, a paranormal author, discusses the story of Woodrow Derenberger, a sewing machine salesman who claimed to have communicated with an alien in November 1966. 960 1280

  

Woodrow Derenberger

Woodrow Derenberger

Woodrow Derenberger stayed true to his story until his death, but was hounded for years by the media and other people hoping to have alien encounters. 960 1280

  

SS Morro Castle

SS Morro Castle

Learn the story of the terrible fate of the cruise ship SS Morro Castle at the New Jersey Maritime Museum in Beach Haven, NJ. 960 1280

  

SS Morro Castle

SS Morro Castle

The crew films Deb Whitcraft with one of the lifejackets from the doomed cruise ship, the SS Morro Castle. 960 1280

  

SS Morro Castle

SS Morro Castle

The luxury cruise ship caught fire and became completely engulfed in flames on September 8, 1934. Was this the work of an arsonist? 960 1280

  

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