Monumental Mysteries Special

Don Wildman investigates a statue that has earned a grisly reputation, a tribute to a revered leader that some say is a symbol of evil and famous carvings that are rumored to hide a secret vault.

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Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper

This aged dossier may contain critical information linking a gruesome turn-of-the-century murder to one of the world’s most notorious serial killers. 960 1280

  

Journal With Jack the Ripper Evidence

Journal With Jack the Ripper Evidence

Now housed at New York City’s Municipal Archives, the tattered journal is tied to a brutal murder at New York City’s East River Hotel in 1891. Could the woman, a well-known prostitute by the name of Carrie Brown, have been murdered by London’s infamous Jack the Ripper? 960 1280

  

Ice picks

Ice picks

At the Vicksburg Depot Museum in Vicksburg, MI, 2 medieval-looking implements hearken back to a time in American history when a brave group of industrious men teamed up with a visionary businessman to change dinner tables across America. 960 1280

  

Ice picks

Ice picks

The ice picks housed here tell the story of the invention of chilled train cars -- allowing raw meat to be transported across the country without spoiling. 960 1280

  

Counterfeit money

Counterfeit money

At the Secret Service Museum in Washington, DC, select visitors can view a weathered $20 bill, which was once wielded by a brilliant and elusive master-criminal whose forgeries triggered a decade-long manhunt. 960 1280

  

US Secret Service Museum

US Secret Service Museum

Few may realize that the US Secret Service was created by President Lincoln to stop counterfeiting, which had become rampant during the Civil War. One man, who became known as “Jim the Penman,” spent weeks on each of the bills he created. 960 1280

  

Locust

Locust

At the C. P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity in Fort Collins, CO, a now-extinct insect specimen tells of a devastating swarm of biblical proportions that laid waste to much of the country. 960 1280

  

Jean-Eugene Robert-Houdin

Jean-Eugene Robert-Houdin

At the Salon de Magie in Loveland, OH, amidst the many artifacts chronicling the history of magic, one well-polished antique chest tells a shocking tale of deception and international intrigue. 960 1280

  

Wooden chest used by French magician

Wooden chest used by French magician

This wooden chest was used by famous French magician Jean-Eugene Robert-Houdin to help Emperor Napoleon quell a revolution in Algeria. The box was used in a trick to prove that French magic was more powerful than the magic of the tribal chiefs who were threatening revolution. 960 1280

  

Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

At the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, GA, visitors come from far and wide to marvel at one massive steam engine which played a critical role in one of the most outlandish heists in American history. 960 1280

  

Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

During the Civil War, Union spies hijacked and attempted to steal the Confederate army train, known as The General. 960 1280

  

Don Bolles' mangled car
Don Bolles' mangled car

Don Bolles' mangled car

The Newseum in Washington, DC, showcases the mangled body of a car from the 1970s that tells the story of an intrepid journalist’s dogged pursuit of the truth in the face of grave danger. 960 1280

  

Newseum

Newseum

On June 13, 1976, Don Bolles, an investigative reporter for the Arizona Republic was set to meet with an informant who never showed. He got into his car and started the engine, detonating a bomb hidden under the driver’s seat. His murder has been tied to the mafia. 960 1280

  

Snake Oil

Snake Oil

This vial of clear liquid was said to contain a miracle cure. 960 1280

  

Skeptiseum

Skeptiseum

Clark Stanley’s Snake Oil, now on display at the Skeptiseum at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, NY, was sold as a miraculous cure-all. In 1917, the US government tested this “snake oil” and found it was actually just bottled mineral oil. 960 1280

  

Bank Vault Door

Bank Vault Door

On September 7, 1876, a notorious band of outlaws attempted to rob the First National Bank of Northfield in Minnesota. 960 1280

  

Northfield Historical Society

Northfield Historical Society

At the Northfield Historical Society visitors can get a look at the massive vault door that one bank worker refused to open, thereby stopping the robbery and thwarting one of the most ruthless gangs of the Wild West. 960 1280

  

Whydah Pirate Museum

Whydah Pirate Museum

At the Whydah Pirate Museum in Provincetown, MA, the coins on display are the result of one man’s discovery of a centuries-old map and his tireless efforts to uncover a pirate’s treasure long thought lost. 960 1280

  

Pirate Museum

Pirate Museum

The Whydah Galley is the first authenticated pirate shipwreck to ever be discovered. In 1717, Captain “Black Sam” Bellamy captured the slave ship and turned it in to his flagship. Only 2 months later, the ship was wrecked off the coast of Wellfleet, MA, and wasn’t discovered until 260 years later. 960 1280

  

Tea Crate from Boston Tea Party

Tea Crate from Boston Tea Party

At the Boston Tea Party Museum in Boston, MA, visitors can get a rare glimpse at one of only 2 surviving tea crates from the infamous event. 960 1280

  

National Air Force Museum

National Air Force Museum

At the National Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH, visitors can marvel at an F-94 Starfire jet, the same model aircraft involved in a shocking encounter over the nation’s capital. 960 1280

  

National Air Force Museum

National Air Force Museum

In July 1952, a series of UFO sightings over Washington, DC, alarmed both the US Air Force and the CIA. 960 1280

  

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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