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International Cryptozoology Museum
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

  

Jacksonville Museum of Military History
Damascus Missile

Damascus Missile

The Jacksonville Museum of Military History in Arkansas houses a collection of metallic shards recovered after a catastrophic explosion that nearly wiped out the entire state. 960 1280

  

Damascus Missile

Damascus Missile

The blast occurred at the Air Force base outside Damascus, AR, when one of the world's most powerful, long-range weapons, a 9-megaton warhead, mysteriously blew off a Titan II missile, spelling disaster of near-nuclear proportions. 960 1280

  

Eye in the Sky

Eye in the Sky

When a hot air balloon ride in 1861 drifted off-course during the midst of the Civil War, its navigator, Thaddeus Lowe, discovers that he can repurpose the lofty contraption for the benefit of Union troops. 960 1280

  

Eye in the Sky

Eye in the Sky

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, boasts a set of binoculars that helped elevate military spy craft to newfound heights. 960 1280

  

St. Louis Marathon

St. Louis Marathon

The Missouri History Museum in St. Louis exhibits an octagonal medal bearing the 1904 Olympic games insignia. The 1904 games marked the first time the Olympic competition took place outside of Europe. 960 1280

  

St. Louis Marathon

St. Louis Marathon

The token (pictured above) hearkens back to a bizarre and excruciating test of human endurance, and one of the strangest contests in athletic history. In fact, several runners began to have their lungs fill up with dirt, cough up blood and even collapse along the marathon route. 960 1280

  

Soapy Smith

Soapy Smith

The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Museum in Skagway, AK, is home to a crude effigy of a swindler whose fortune grew from a host of small-time scams. 960 1280

  

Soapy Smith

Soapy Smith

After seizing control of the remote mining town of Skagway, Jefferson "Soapy" Smith befriended JD Stewart, gaining his trust only to assault and rob him of all his gold. The robbery led to the locals calling a protective meeting to stop Smith from further sullying the town’s reputation ... only to end in bloodshed. 960 1280

  

Spirit Board Boyfriend

Spirit Board Boyfriend

The Warren Occult Museum in Monroe, CT, features a fire-scarred picture frame tied to a shocking tale of satanic seduction. According to the family who owned it, the artifact is evidence of a diabolical series of events set in motion by an unwitting teenager’s innocent experiment. 960 1280

  

Spirit Board Boyfriend

Spirit Board Boyfriend

Once the Beckford family was convinced their Connecticut home was haunted, they contacted local demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren for help. After investigating the property, it was determined that Victoria Beckford had summoned what appeared to be the entity of a teenage boy to the house through the use of a spirit board. 960 1280

  

Victoria Woodhull

Victoria Woodhull

New York City’s Museum of American Finance collection includes a dress linked to one of the most controversial figures in American history, the 34-year-old psychic entrepreneur, Victoria Woodhull. 960 1280

  

Victoria Woodhull

Victoria Woodhull

Not only was Victoria Woodhull the United States' first female financier -- owning a very successful brokerage firm -- she was also a famous spirit medium and the first female presidential candidate. 960 1280

  

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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

  

Damascus Missile

Damascus Missile

The Jacksonville Museum of Military History in Arkansas houses a collection of metallic shards recovered after a catastrophic explosion that nearly wiped out the entire state. 960 1280

  

Damascus Missile

Damascus Missile

The blast occurred at the Air Force base outside Damascus, AR, when one of the world's most powerful, long-range weapons, a 9-megaton warhead, mysteriously blew off a Titan II missile, spelling disaster of near-nuclear proportions. 960 1280

  

Eye in the Sky

Eye in the Sky

When a hot air balloon ride in 1861 drifted off-course during the midst of the Civil War, its navigator, Thaddeus Lowe, discovers that he can repurpose the lofty contraption for the benefit of Union troops. 960 1280

  

Eye in the Sky

Eye in the Sky

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, boasts a set of binoculars that helped elevate military spy craft to newfound heights. 960 1280

  

St. Louis Marathon

St. Louis Marathon

The Missouri History Museum in St. Louis exhibits an octagonal medal bearing the 1904 Olympic games insignia. The 1904 games marked the first time the Olympic competition took place outside of Europe. 960 1280

  

St. Louis Marathon

St. Louis Marathon

The token (pictured above) hearkens back to a bizarre and excruciating test of human endurance, and one of the strangest contests in athletic history. In fact, several runners began to have their lungs fill up with dirt, cough up blood and even collapse along the marathon route. 960 1280

  

Soapy Smith

Soapy Smith

The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Museum in Skagway, AK, is home to a crude effigy of a swindler whose fortune grew from a host of small-time scams. 960 1280

  

Soapy Smith

Soapy Smith

After seizing control of the remote mining town of Skagway, Jefferson "Soapy" Smith befriended JD Stewart, gaining his trust only to assault and rob him of all his gold. The robbery led to the locals calling a protective meeting to stop Smith from further sullying the town’s reputation ... only to end in bloodshed. 960 1280

  

Spirit Board Boyfriend

Spirit Board Boyfriend

The Warren Occult Museum in Monroe, CT, features a fire-scarred picture frame tied to a shocking tale of satanic seduction. According to the family who owned it, the artifact is evidence of a diabolical series of events set in motion by an unwitting teenager’s innocent experiment. 960 1280

  

Spirit Board Boyfriend

Spirit Board Boyfriend

Once the Beckford family was convinced their Connecticut home was haunted, they contacted local demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren for help. After investigating the property, it was determined that Victoria Beckford had summoned what appeared to be the entity of a teenage boy to the house through the use of a spirit board. 960 1280

  

Victoria Woodhull

Victoria Woodhull

New York City’s Museum of American Finance collection includes a dress linked to one of the most controversial figures in American history, the 34-year-old psychic entrepreneur, Victoria Woodhull. 960 1280

  

Victoria Woodhull

Victoria Woodhull

Not only was Victoria Woodhull the United States' first female financier -- owning a very successful brokerage firm -- she was also a famous spirit medium and the first female presidential candidate. 960 1280

  

Great Moon Hoax

Great Moon Hoax

At the Nantucket Historical Association Whaling Museum in Nantucket, MA, a picture printed on decorative wallpaper reveals an astounding tale of astronomical intrigue and a quest to peer into the darkest recesses of the galaxy to prove that there is life on the moon. 960 1280

  

Great Moon Hoax

Great Moon Hoax

"A Peep at the Moon" was an attempt by a local reporter to prove that there was life on the moon. However, after the reports were put out by the New York Sun, its chief rival, the New York Herald, posted scathing reviews of the Sun's claims, ultimately resulting in the truth. 960 1280

  

First Men in the Stratosphere

First Men in the Stratosphere

The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago displays a large armored contraption that launched one of the most dizzying adventures of the 20th century.  With a history-making passenger aboard, it pushed the understanding of the universe to unprecedented heights. 960 1280

  

First Men in the Stratosphere

First Men in the Stratosphere

In 1933, during the century of progress exhibition in Chicago, 2 men, Navy lieutenant commander Thomas Settle and Army major Chester Fordney, took to the sky in a high-altitude balloon in an attempt to reach the stratosphere. The men made it 61, 237 feet high, setting the record for highest altitude ever reached at the time. 960 1280

  

Baseball Stalker

Baseball Stalker

The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Montclair, NJ, displays a baseball bat that’s linked to a case of fanatical obsession that haunted America’s pastime. The man who wielded the bat was the victim of a violent attack that threatened to end more than just his career. 960 1280

  

Baseball Stalker

Baseball Stalker

In the spring of 1949, star Philadelphia first baseman, Eddie Waitkus arrived in town for an average baseball game. But unfortunately, an obsessed fan lured Waitkus into her hotel room and shot him in the chest with a .22 caliber rifle. 960 1280

  

Dead Woman Running

Dead Woman Running

The National Track and Field Hall of Fame in New York City has in its collection a pair of leather shoes that belonged to a woman who raced past a death-defying tragedy. 960 1280

  

Dead Woman Running

Dead Woman Running

In March of 1931, 19-year-old Olympic sprinter Betty Robinson and her cousin were in a horrific plane crash outside of Chicago. After finally waking up from a 2-month coma, all hope for a comeback appeared to be dashed. However, after 18-months of training and determination, Betty returned to the Olympic stage in 1936 to win the gold medal. 960 1280

  

New England's Dark Day

New England's Dark Day

The Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston has in its collection a small book that documents an awful cataclysm that many thought would lead to humanity’s demise. 960 1280

  

New England's Dark Day

New England's Dark Day

In 1780, while still in the throes of the revolution with the British, local reports of a yellow sky and devilish-red sun setting over New England sent the townspeople into hysteria. Nearly 200 years later, it was discovered that a massive fire in Canada due to prevailing winds and low barometric pressure caused the terrifying sky. 960 1280

  

Peggy Shippen

Peggy Shippen

Located on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the William L. Clements Library has a set of letters that turned a long-accepted and infamous tale of deceit on its head. 960 1280

  

Peggy Shippen

Peggy Shippen

For over 100 years, it was believed that Benedict Arnold conspired with the British, betraying the colonial forces on his own. However, the discovery of this letter revealed the stunning truth. 960 1280

  

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