French Connection and Shipwrecked Gold

Don Wildman unlocks the secrets of an infamous drug syndicate at the DEA Museum, inspects a piece of metal from a mysterious plane crash at the Atomic Testing Museum and more.

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In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

The Finney County Historical Museum in Garden City, KS, contains a boot worn during a notorious murder that shook a small town to its core and inspired an American literary masterpiece by one of the nation’s most celebrated writers, Truman Capote. 960 1280

  

In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

On November 16, 1959, 15-year-old Nancy Clutter and her mother, father and brother were bound with rope and shot to death inside their home in Holcomb, KS. After plotting for months to rob the Clutters, the men became enraged when a safe wasn’t found in the farmhouse. 960 1280

  

Moon Runners

Moon Runners

The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in Dawsonville, GA, displays a polished car that reveals the mischievous beginning of a mainstream pastime, when cars just like the one on display were souped-up for more than just speed. 960 1280

  

Moon Runners

Moon Runners

This car pictured above belonged to 19-year-old Raymond Parks who was responsible for running one of the largest bootlegging operations in the South after the end of Prohibition. 960 1280

  

Civil War Prostitutes

Civil War Prostitutes

At the height of industrial prosperity in the 1860s, the small town of Smokey Row -- a known area for area in Nashville, TN -- became the location of one of the worst venereal disease outbreaks in US history, leading to the first professional pimp to license prostitutes after weekly exams. 960 1280

  

Civil War Prostitutes

Civil War Prostitutes

National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, MD, has in its collection a glass vial filled with one of the most sought-after treatments of the 19th century, which snuffed out a debilitating epidemic of venereal disease. 960 1280

  

Toxic Lady

Toxic Lady

The Discovery Center at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, CA, has in its collection a dossier documenting a case that paralyzed a local hospital, baffling doctors and scientists for years. This toxic medical mystery took an emergency room by storm, spreading panic in its wake. 960 1280

  

Toxic Lady

Toxic Lady

In February of 1994, 30-year-old Gloria Ramirez was admitted to the emergency room in Riverside, CA. But when doctors and nurses starting passing out due to the garlic odor coming from the patient's mouth, Dr. Patrick Grant stepped in and determined the actual cause: a chemical reaction with the patient’s cancer medication. 960 1280

  

Art Hoax

Art Hoax

The Charles E. Young Research Library at the University of California-Los Angeles has within its walls a colorful canvas that hides an artful truth. Once regarded as the trailblazing work of an up-and-coming talent, the piece had a hidden agenda. 960 1280

  

Art Hoax

Art Hoax

If you were a fan of fine art in the 1920s, Chicago was definitely the place to be. After his wife failed as an artist, writer Paul Jordan Smith decided to see if he could fool the art world with an elaborate hoax. 960 1280

  

Fall of the Berlin Wall

Fall of the Berlin Wall

Located in Culver City, CA, the Wende Museum has in its collection a small rubber stamp that possessed the power to transform people’s lives, representing the difference between oppression and freedom. 960 1280

  

Fall of the Berlin Wall

Fall of the Berlin Wall

On November 9, 1989, Harold Jaeger was standing his post at the Berlin Wall in an attempt to keep people from defecting communist East Berlin for democratic West Berlin. And with one brave decision by one brave soldier, the Berlin Wall came crashing down. 960 1280

  

Southern Sasquatch

Southern Sasquatch

In Portland, ME, the International Cryptozoology Museum has an ordinary wire mesh screen through which a horrific and legendary beast was first viewed by human eyes. 960 1280

  

Southern Sasquatch

Southern Sasquatch

Reports from local authorities claim that the "Fouke Beast" ripped apart parts of Bobby and Elizabeth Ford's home, and left 3-toed tracks that were 17 inches long and 7 inches wide. 960 1280

  

Charley Ross Kidnapping

Charley Ross Kidnapping

The Museum of Connecticut Glass in Coventry, CT, has a glass bottle that bears a secret message from a heart-wrenching saga that consumed a family. 960 1280

  

Charley Ross Kidnapping

Charley Ross Kidnapping

In July of 1874, Christian Ross' 4-year old Charley was abducted. The culprits attempted to hold Charley ransom for $20,000 but when Christian's attempt to drop the money on the side of the tracks at a New York train station failed, Charley completely vanished, never to be seen again. 960 1280

  

Trunk Murderess

Trunk Murderess

The Pinal County Historical Society Museum in Florence, AZ, has on display a handcrafted doll that is linked to one of the most salacious and sensational criminal cases of the 1930s. 960 1280

  

Trunk Murderess

Trunk Murderess

This innocent child’s toy was made by an unlikely killer whose horrific deeds shocked the nation. Winnie Ruth Judd became enraged when the man she was having an affair with, Jack Halloran, began showering her roommates with gifts. On Oct. 19, 1931, two trunks arrived at Central Station in Los Angeles. In one trunk was a woman's bloody and ravaged body. In the other: the dismembered remains of Judd's second roommate. 960 1280

  

Blue Fugates

Blue Fugates

The genealogical library of the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort is home to a dossier containing evidence of a bizarre condition that drove a group of people into the hills of the Bluegrass State for generations. 960 1280

  

Blue Fugates

Blue Fugates

In 1960, hematologist Dr. Madison Cawein discovered that Martin Fugate and 4 of his 7 children were missing diaphorase, an essential enzyme that causes the blood to properly oxygenate. He injected the Fugates with methalyne blue, and the cure had nearly instantaneous results. 960 1280

  

Seven Miles Under the Sea

Seven Miles Under the Sea

Perched on the banks of the Potomac River in Washington, DC, the National Museum of the U.S. Navy displays a hulking object that attempted one of the most daring marine explorations of the 20th Century. 960 1280

  

Seven Miles Under the Sea

Seven Miles Under the Sea

The expedition was most called off before it began due to rough sea conditions. But on January 23, 1960, Jaques Piccard and Don Walsh descended to the deepest depths of the ocean and the lowest point on earth, Challenger Deep, after 4 1/2 hours in a state-of-the-art watercraft called Trieste. 960 1280

  

Watergate on Wheels

Watergate on Wheels

The Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame Museum in Ohio pays tribute to one of the sport’s most historic events -- the World Championships held nearby at Akron's Derby Downs. 960 1280

  

Watergate on Wheels

Watergate on Wheels

Amongst the many sleek, gravity-powered racers inside the hall, is one with a very dubious claim to fame. In 1973, Robert Lange helped his nephew, Jimmy Gronen of Boulder, CO, create the ultimate racing machine. What he failed to mention to his 14-year-old nephew is that he inserted a hidden cache of metal and wires connected to a battery-powered magnet that drew the car to the metal in the starting gate. 960 1280

  

A replica of the Apollo 1 capsule on display at the Tellus Museum in Cartersville, GA. 960 1280

  

Mammoth Tusks as they were found, on display at the Trailside Museum in Crawford, NE. 960 1280

  

Mammoth Tusks as they were found, on display at the Trailside Museum in Crawford, NE. 960 1280

  

The exterior of the Tellus Museum in Cartersville, GA. 960 1280

  

A replica of Houdini's mirror handcuffs no display at the Houdini Museum in Scranton, PA. 960 1280

  

This 200-page manuscript at the American Heritage Center in Wyoming could hold the key to the mystery behind the death's of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. 960 1280

  

Mike Voorhies, Archeologist that discovered the tusks, in front of the Mammoth Tusks as they were found, on display at the Trailside Museum in Crawford, NE. 960 1280

  

Stanford prison uniform at the Center of the History of Psychology at Akron University, Akron, Ohio. 960 1280

  

Sean Kelly interview at the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Philadelphia, PA. 960 1280

  

The outside of the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming. 960 1280

  

Dave Barker examining artifact, at the Center of the History of Psychology at Akron University, Akron, OH. 960 1280

  

Trailside Museum signage, Crawford, NE. 960 1280

  

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid on horseback. 960 1280

  

The artifacts on display at the Houdini Museum in Scranton, PA. 960 1280

  

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