Mysteries: Boston Strangler Pictures

Don Wildman examines a switchblade that may have belonged to the notorious Boston Strangler and a worn leather bag that belonged to a pioneering journalist.

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Lynette Fromme is one of only 2 women to ever attempt to assassinate a US president. 960 1280

  

Squeaky Fromme

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On display at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum in Grand Rapids, MI, is a pistol that was used in “Squeaky” Fromme’s brazen attempt to assassinate Gerald Ford. 960 1280

  

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Squeaky Fromme

Behind the sudden act of violence lie a bizarre plot, a notorious cult and a man whose name has become synonymous with evil. 960 1280

  

The Rhinelander Logging Museum

The Rhinelander Logging Museum

Visitors to The Rhinelander Logging Museum in Rhinelander, WI, are greeted by the snarling and hideous face of a beast that many believed terrorized the people of this peaceful region. 960 1280

  

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Yet behind the fearsome jaws and sharp claws of this bizarre creature, dubbed the “Hodag,” not everything is as it appears. 960 1280

  

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File on Typhoid Mary

Buried in the archives of the New York County Clerk’s Office is a file that tells of an epidemic that sent New York City into the grips of terror. 960 1280

  

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The infamous woman at the center of it all came to be known by a nickname that has since come into common usage: "Typhoid Mary." 960 1280

  

Mary Mallon

Mary Mallon

In 1938, Mary Mallon died after nearly 3 decades in isolation -- she was forced into quarantine after it was determined that she was an asymptomatic carrier of typhoid and had infected many with the disease. 960 1280

  

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National Electronics Museum

At the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum, MD, is a piece of technology from the 1940s that was threatened with obsolescence after the end of World War II. 960 1280

  

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How did the magnatron find an unlikely second act in today’s kitchens? 960 1280

  

Museum of the American Gangster

Museum of the American Gangster

A dusty glass bottle on display at the Museum of the American Gangster in New York speaks to a terrifying outbreak that sent shockwaves throughout the city during the Prohibition Era. 960 1280

  

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Historical Dental Museum

Historical Dental Museum

At Temple University’s Historical Dental Museum in Philadelphia, PA, curious visitors can marvel at a metal pail filled to the brim with human teeth. 960 1280

  

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Painless Parker

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Texas City Disaster
Texas City Disaster

Texas City Disaster

A shoe that was found on the day of the Texas City Disaster on display at the Texas City Museum. The April 16, 1947, incident was the deadliest industrial accident in US history, and killed almost 600 people. 960 1280

  

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At the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum Heritage Society in Key West, FL, archaeologist Corey Malcolm discusses bezoar stones -- once believed to be an antidote to any poison. 960 1280

  

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Infamous daredevil Evel Knievel’s Harley-Davidson motorcycle on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC. Knievel successfully jumped over 14 Greyhound buses on the bike. 960 1280

  

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Bright's Pioneer Exhibit

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Bright’s Pioneer Exhibit owner James Bright on the schoolbus that was part of the largest kidnapping for ransom in US history. 960 1280

  

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A gold poison cup on display at the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. 960 1280

  

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A model of Atocha, a Spanish ship that sank in 1622 off the Florida Keys, on display at the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. 960 1280

  

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The Cecil Beaton costume collection
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The Cecil Beaton costume collection

The Cecil Beaton costume collection at the Museum of the City of New York. 960 1280

  

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Museum of the City of New York

Hidden away in the Museum of the City of New York’s archives is an elegant ebony and sterling silver trowel. This delicate souvenir is linked to an unparalleled disaster that encased a burning building in ice, threatening to destroy Manhattan’s first skyscraper and one of the city’s most significant repositories of wealth. 960 1280

  

Los Angeles Police Historical Society

Los Angeles Police Historical Society

At the Los Angeles Police Historical Society are relics from some of the city’s most heinous crimes -- including an unusually heavy, handmade garment that played a part in one of the most notorious shootouts in US history. 960 1280

  

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An attic room above the Lilydale Museum in Lilydale, NY. 960 1280

  

Smithsonian Museum of American History

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Kansas History Museum

Kansas History Museum

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Uniforms from World War II

Uniforms from World War II

Uniforms from World War II at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC. 960 1280

  

Roulette

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Museum of the City of New York

Museum of the City of New York

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Roanoke

An artifact at Brenau University in Gainesville, GA, may provide clues about what happened to the lost colony of Roanoke. 960 1280

  

Roanoke

Roanoke

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Brenau University in Gainesville, GA. 960 1280

  

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The National Museum of American History

The National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. 960 1280

  

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Deep Blue

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Enoch Pratt Free Library

Enoch Pratt Free Library

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Liberty Bell 7

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SR71 Blackbird

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LA Police Museum

LA Police Museum

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Bugsy Siegel

Bugsy Siegel

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Baltimore Medical Examiner's Office

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Blue Box

Blue Box

At the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, is a “Blue Box,” a contraption invented by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs that, in the days of rotary telephones, could hack the phone network to make free long-distance calls. 960 1280

  

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Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were so delighted by their success with the Blue Box that they decided to continue their partnership -- eventually resulting in the creation of Apple computer 960 1280

  

Joseph Jefferson Mansion and Gardens

Joseph Jefferson Mansion and Gardens

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Bicycle Pete

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Patience Worth

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United States Air Force

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