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At the Point Pleasant River Museum in West Virginia is a piece of metal -- an “eyebar” mechanism -- from a bridge that once connected Point Pleasant, WV, to Gallipolis, OH. 960 1280

  

Big Sandy Heritage Center

Big Sandy Heritage Center

Deep in the Big Sandy Heritage Center in Pikeville, KY, sits an antique doll of Octavia Hatcher – a local woman who was accidentally buried alive in 1890. 960 1280

  

Depot Museum

Depot Museum

Skip Waters, a historian, examines a piece of a train engine at the Depot Museum in West, TX. The artifact was recovered from a deadly publicity stunt in 1896. 960 1280

  

Point Pleasant River Museum

Point Pleasant River Museum

An artifact from the Point Pleasant River Museum tells the story of the Silver Bridge’s collapse. 960 1280

  

Big Sandy Heritage Cente

Big Sandy Heritage Cente

Everett Johnson, curator of the Big Sandy Heritage Center, examines an antique doll of Octavia Hatcher. In 1890, Octavia – the actual person, not the doll -- met a terrible fate. 960 1280

  

Train Engine

Train Engine

On display at the Depot Museum in West, TX, is a piece of a train engine from an 1896 “spectacle” that took a deadly turn. 960 1280

  

Big Sandy Heritage Center

Big Sandy Heritage Center

An artifact at the Big Sandy Heritage Center in Pikeville, KY, tells the story of a deadly and terrifying mistake made by local doctors in the late 1800s. 960 1280

  

Crush, TX

Crush, TX

Learn about the temporary “city” of Crush, TX, where a railroad company staged a massive train crash in 1896. 960 1280

  

Crash in Crush

Crash in Crush

Unfortunately, when the trains collided, what was supposed to be a fun spectacle turned into a deadly explosion. 960 1280

  

NY Pneumatic Subway Plan
NY Pneumatic Subway Plan

NY Pneumatic Subway Plan

At the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn, NY, is American inventor Alfred Beach’s ambitious plan for New York City’s first subway, which would be powered entirely by compressed air rather than by steam engine like Europe’s subways at the time. 960 1280

  

Albert Einstein's Brain Tissue

Albert Einstein's Brain Tissue

The Mudder Museum in Philadelphia, PA, is home to 46 glass slides that contain tissue samples of the brain of Albert Einstein. 960 1280

  

Ford's Theatre

Ford's Theatre

At Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC, contributor Roger Powell demonstrates the brass knuckles that Kate Warne carried with her to protect President Lincoln from an assassination attempt. 960 1280

  

Pneumatic Subway

Pneumatic Subway

Museum curator Carey Stumm holds the plans for Beach’s “Pneumatic Subway System,” which was modeled after pneumatic tubes that post offices used at the time. 960 1280

  

Museum of the Gulf Coast curator Ami Kamara holds the purse of Karen Silkwood, who died in a car crash in 1974. Silkwood was found dead in her car just hours before she was to meet with a New York Times reporter to hand over documentation of the unsafe conditions at the nuclear factory where she worked. Her file of evidence was never found. 960 1280

  

Ford's Theatre

Ford's Theatre

The crew shoots at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. 960 1280

  

Slides of Einstein's Brain

Slides of Einstein's Brain

Anna Dohdy examines the pieces of Albert Einstein’s brain at the Mudder Museum Philadelphia, PA. 960 1280

  

William Morgan

William Morgan

In 1826, William Morgan was kidnapped and hidden, locked in a room at Old Fort Niagara for threatening to expose the secrets of the Freemasons. Three men were eventually convicted of Morgan’s kidnapping, all of whom claimed that they sent Morgan to exile in Canada. Many believe that something far more sinister happened to him. 960 1280

  

Einstein's brain sample

Einstein's brain sample

Dohdy examines one of the slides with a tissue sample of Einstein's brain on it. 960 1280

  

Pennyroyal Area Museum

Pennyroyal Area Museum

The crew sets up an interview at the Pennyroyal Area Museum in Hopkinsville, KY. 960 1280

  

Old Fort Niagara

Old Fort Niagara

The "Powder Room" at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, NY, where a group of Freemasons detained William Morgan for a week before (supposedly) sending him into exile in Canada. 960 1280

  

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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

  

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

  

bezoar stones

bezoar stones

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

  

Evel Knievel’s Harley-Davidson

Evel Knievel’s Harley-Davidson

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

  

laughing gas

laughing gas

At the Museum of the City of New York is a strange artifact -- an invitation to a laughing gas party. 960 1280

  

Bezoar stone

Bezoar stone

A bezoar stone on display at the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. 960 1280

  

Bright's Pioneer Exhibit

Bright's Pioneer Exhibit

At Bright's Pioneer Exhibit in Le Grand, CA, is an ordinary yellow schoolbus that became ensnared in a crime so heinous that it would devastate an entire community. 960 1280

  

Toy exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York

Toy exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York

A turn-of-the-century toy exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. 960 1280

  

Bright’s Pioneer Exhibit

Bright’s Pioneer Exhibit

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

  

A gold poison cup

A gold poison cup

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

  

Texas City Park

Texas City Park

The Texas City Park in Texas City, TX. 960 1280

  

Atocha

Atocha

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

  

Bars of silver

Bars of silver

Large bars of silver that were recovered from the sunken Spanish ship. 960 1280

  

Museum of the City of New York

Museum of the City of New York

Museum curator Sarah Henry holds an artifact at the Museum of the City of New York. 960 1280

  

Warren Anatomical Museum

Warren Anatomical Museum

Artifacts on display at Harvard University’s Warren Anatomical Museum in Cambridge, MA. 960 1280

  

Tamping Iron

Tamping Iron

In 1832, railroad worker Phineas Gage was laying dynamite when a freak explosion sent this tamping iron straight through his head. Gage miraculously survives, and the metal rod is now on display at the Warren Anatomical Museum. 960 1280

  

Skull of Phineas Gage

Skull of Phineas Gage

The punctured skull of Phineas Gage sits on display at the Warren Anatomical museum. After Gage died (only 12 years after his accident), a doctor exhumed his skull so that it could aid in the study of the human brain. 960 1280

  

Warren Anatomical Museum

Warren Anatomical Museum

More artifacts on display at the Warren Anatomical Museum. 960 1280

  

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Located in La Jolla, CA, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is one of the oldest and largest centers for marine science research in the world. 960 1280

  

Squids preserved in jars at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The institute also houses the secret to the real-life inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock’s famous thriller The Birds. In August of 1961, seabirds in a small California town started crashing into people’s homes and cars – the Scripps Institution has discovered why! 960 1280

  

In the archives of the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka is an antique kitchen knife that was used in one of the first-known serial killing sprees in America. 960 1280

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Hope Diamond

Hope Diamond

The Hope Diamond on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. It’s rumored that those who come in contact with the famous stone are doomed to suffer mystery, misfortune and even death. 960 1280

  

North Carolina State Archives

North Carolina State Archives

Contributor Sara Koonts poses in the vault of the North Carolina State Archives. The vault of the Raleigh, NC, facility houses letters from many of our nation’s most celebrated leaders. 960 1280

  

Bill of Rights

Bill of Rights

A North Carolina official re-enactor helps demonstrate what happened to the state’s original copy of the Bill of Rights. 960 1280

  

North Carolina State Archives

North Carolina State Archives

Preserved under glass at the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh is a priceless national treasure: one of just 14 original copies of the Bill of Rights. But for almost 140 years, this irreplaceable piece of history was missing. 960 1280

  

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