Don Wildman Explores the Mysteries of the Titanic

Why exactly did the Titanic sink, and how could it have been avoided? To get a better understanding of the world's most enduring nautical tragedy, Don Wildman goes on the scene, under the water and up in the skies to investigate. Get a sneak peek at his adventurous deep dive into one of the world's most iconic mysteries.

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Wooden Sewage Pipe

Wooden Sewage Pipe

This innocuous piece of wood was part of New York City's antiquated sewage system, which left a water supply rife with vermin and disease, spreading a yellow fever epidemic throughout the city. Prominent lawyer Aaron Burr promised to remedy the city's toxic sewage system, though he actually had other motives in mind that had further impact on the growing metropolis. 960 1280

  

New York Historical Society

New York Historical Society

Prominently featured at the New York Historical Society is a portion of wooden pipe dating back to the 1700s. 960 1280

  

Old Capital Museum

Old Capital Museum

Nowhere is the history of Jackson, MS — nicknamed the City with Soul — better preserved than at the Old Capitol Museum. 960 1280

  

Circling the Skies

Circling the Skies

Located in the Old Capitol Museum, this showcase includes pieces of Jackson’s past. The museum is also part of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, which houses the film and canister of the Key brothers’ flight. 960 1280

  

Old Custom House

Old Custom House

What’s known as the old Custom House in Florida is now the site of the Key West Art and Historical Society, where visitors can see artifacts from historic lighthouses. 960 1280

  

History Miami

History Miami

Located in the heart of downtown is History Miami, a museum with exhibits, collections and archives that tell the story of Miami and the greater South Florida region. The museum is home to an artifact of the city that once tried to secede from the US. 960 1280

  

Chicago's Field Museum

Chicago's Field Museum

The city of Chicago boasts the Field Museum, which includes one of the largest natural history collections in the world. One of its exhibits features the story of how the first giant panda came to the US by the hands of an unlikely hero. 960 1280

  

Head Case

Head Case

This unique artifact — a piece of human skull — was the central piece of evidence in the trial of a former Cripple Creek, CO, resident. Not surprisingly, its introduction in court flipped the whole case on its head. 960 1280

  

Cripple Creek District Museum

Cripple Creek District Museum

The Cripple Creek District Museum displays authentic mining equipment, an assay kiln and some of the first gold nuggets discovered in the region. 960 1280

  

The Epps House

The Epps House

In Alexandria, LA, sits the Epps House. The reconstructed 1852 Creole cottage was moved to a branch of Louisiana State University’s campus here to serve as a memorial and museum to the history of slavery in Louisiana. 960 1280

  

Twelve Years a Slave

Twelve Years a Slave

It is an 8.5- by 13.5-inch piece of weathered paper with black ink scrawled across it in old-fashioned handwriting. The paper is worn and yellowed with age, but the words are legible. They speak to an inspiring tale about a luckless individual who endured unthinkable cruelty. 960 1280

  

National Firearms Museum

National Firearms Museum

The collection of the National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA, includes a World War II-era pistol that was found during the hunt for a secret network of spies operating on American soil. What evil plot was discovered along with this gun? 960 1280

  

Albert DeSalvo Captured

Albert DeSalvo Captured

In the early 1960s, a series of gruesome murders plagued the Boston area. Eventually, a man by the name of Albert DeSalvo confessed that he was the “Boston Strangler,” but many still maintain his innocence. 960 1280

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Museum of Crime and Punishment

Museum of Crime and Punishment

The Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington, DC, contains a simple switchblade that belonged to Albert DeSalvo, believed to be one of Boston’s most notorious killers. Fifty years later, the case remains largely unsolved. 960 1280

  

Newseum

Newseum

At the Newseum in Washington, DC, is a worn leather bag that once belonged to a pioneering journalist. 960 1280

  

Nellie Bly

Nellie Bly

Nellie Bly's hard-hitting investigation was as groundbreaking as it was risky, almost making her a casualty of the very dark and sinister practices she was trying to uncover. 960 1280

  

New York Historical Society

New York Historical Society

On the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the New York Historical Society displays a painting that played a role in a shocking political scandal. Is this portrait evidence of the strange private habits of a powerful colonial-era leader? 960 1280

  

Museum of Whiskey

Museum of Whiskey

The Kentucky city of Bardstown is known as the Bourbon Capital of the World and is home to the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey. 960 1280

  

Hatchet at the Museum of Whiskey

Hatchet at the Museum of Whiskey

But one of the museum’s most intriguing objects isn’t a bottle of alcohol, but a hatchet. This weapon was wielded by a crusading activist whose fight for temperance paved the way for Prohibition. 960 1280

  

Oneida Community Mansion House

Oneida Community Mansion House

The Oneida Community Mansion House in Oneida, NY, contains a set of silverware that represents the disturbing secrets of the people who once lived in this sprawling building. Built on dreams of utopia, this house was the site of a shocking series of events that brought down a charismatic leader. 960 1280

  

Humming fish on display at the California Academy of Science, San Francisco, CA. 960 1280

  

The crew shoot reenactments of the houseboats where the humming fish were causing a disturbance in Sausalito, CA. 960 1280

  

A piece of the Exxon-Valdez wreck is on display at the Valdez Museum in Valdez, AK. 960 1280

  

Entry sign at the National UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, FL. 960 1280

  

Tropical fish tank on display at the California Academy of Science, San Francisco, CA. 960 1280

  

Rifle used by Alfred Packer at the Museum of the West, Grand Junction, CO. 960 1280

  

Various displays at the National UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, FL. 960 1280

  

The outside of the Valdez Museum in Valdez, AK. 960 1280

  

Dinosaur bones on display at the California Academy of Science, San Francisco, CA. 960 1280

  

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