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Don Wildman examines the bullets that killed a notorious mobster, and the feathery props that belonged to a risqué dancer who captivated a city in the midst of the Great Depression.

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Warren Anatomical Museum
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

Kansas Museum of History  

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

  

Bicycle Pete
Bicycle Pete

Bicycle Pete

This antique bicycle, now on display at the Pennsylvania State Police Museum in Hershey, PA, belonged to a child abductor who became known as “Bicycle Pete.” 960 1280

  

Bicycle Pete

Bicycle Pete

Historian Tom Memmi inspects Bicycle Pete’s bike. 960 1280

  

Missouri History Museum

Missouri History Museum

On display at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, MO, is a collection of manuscripts penned by an author named Patience Worth. 960 1280

  

Patience Worth

Patience Worth

Many believe that these manuscripts were penned from beyond the grave. A St. Louis housewife by the name of Pearl Lenore Curran claimed that she penned them by channeling the spirit of a woman named Patience Worth using a Ouija board. 960 1280

  

Missouri History Museum

Missouri History Museum

The Missouri History Museum Library in St. Louis, MO. 960 1280

  

Museum of the American Cocktail

Museum of the American Cocktail

Ted Breaux discusses the chemical properties of absinthe at the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans, LA. 960 1280

  

Museum of the American Cocktail

Museum of the American Cocktail

Many believed that absinthe may have caused one man to go on a murderous rampage, but researchers at the Museum of the American Cocktail think otherwise. 960 1280

  

Space Monkeys

Space Monkeys

Margaret Weitekamp tells the story of the first 2 mammals to successfully survive a trip to space -- a pair of female monkeys. 960 1280

  

Space Monkeys

Space Monkeys

Scientists had one of the monkeys taxidermied, and she is now on display – in her space suit – at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. 960 1280

  

Flying Dutchman

Flying Dutchman

When the Flying Dutchman crashed in Papua New Guinea during World War II, the survivors were forced to leave the wounded in order to get help. One wounded man documented the long days of waiting for help from rescuers on a metal fragment from the plane. 960 1280

  

United States Air Force

United States Air Force

The diary of the dying Capt. Ted Barron is now on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, OH. 960 1280

  

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Roanoke

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

A newspaper clipping from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that announces the discovery of the artifact. 960 1280

  

Brenau University in Gainesville, GA.

Brenau University in Gainesville, GA.

Brenau University in Gainesville, GA. 960 1280

  

The National Museum of American History

The National Museum of American History

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

  

Deep Blue

Deep Blue

The museum is home to Deep Blue, a computer created by IBM to play against one of the best chess players in the world. 960 1280

  

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Enoch Pratt Free Library

The Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD, where Don Wildman investigates the mysterious death of Edgar Allan Poe. 960 1280

Enoch Pratt Free Library   

Greenbrier Hotel

Greenbrier Hotel

The exterior entrance to the formerly top-secret underground bunker at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV. 960 1280

  

Greenbrier Hotel

Greenbrier Hotel

An interior shot of the Greenbrier Resort, which housed an incredible secret for 3 decades. 960 1280

  

Harbor History Museum

Harbor History Museum

A display at the Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor, WA, which is home to a strange medial book that advocated starvation as a cure for disease. 960 1280

  

Liberty Bell 7

Liberty Bell 7

Liberty Bell 7 on display at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, KS. 960 1280

  

SR71 Blackbird

SR71 Blackbird

SR-71 ‘Blackbird’ at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. 960 1280

  

Bicycle Pete

Bicycle Pete

This antique bicycle, now on display at the Pennsylvania State Police Museum in Hershey, PA, belonged to a child abductor who became known as “Bicycle Pete.” 960 1280

  

Bicycle Pete

Bicycle Pete

Historian Tom Memmi inspects Bicycle Pete’s bike. 960 1280

  

Missouri History Museum

Missouri History Museum

On display at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, MO, is a collection of manuscripts penned by an author named Patience Worth. 960 1280

  

Patience Worth

Patience Worth

Many believe that these manuscripts were penned from beyond the grave. A St. Louis housewife by the name of Pearl Lenore Curran claimed that she penned them by channeling the spirit of a woman named Patience Worth using a Ouija board. 960 1280

  

Missouri History Museum

Missouri History Museum

The Missouri History Museum Library in St. Louis, MO. 960 1280

  

Museum of the American Cocktail

Museum of the American Cocktail

Ted Breaux discusses the chemical properties of absinthe at the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans, LA. 960 1280

  

Museum of the American Cocktail

Museum of the American Cocktail

Many believed that absinthe may have caused one man to go on a murderous rampage, but researchers at the Museum of the American Cocktail think otherwise. 960 1280

  

Space Monkeys

Space Monkeys

Margaret Weitekamp tells the story of the first 2 mammals to successfully survive a trip to space -- a pair of female monkeys. 960 1280

  

Space Monkeys

Space Monkeys

Scientists had one of the monkeys taxidermied, and she is now on display – in her space suit – at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. 960 1280

  

Flying Dutchman

Flying Dutchman

When the Flying Dutchman crashed in Papua New Guinea during World War II, the survivors were forced to leave the wounded in order to get help. One wounded man documented the long days of waiting for help from rescuers on a metal fragment from the plane. 960 1280

  

United States Air Force

United States Air Force

The diary of the dying Capt. Ted Barron is now on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, OH. 960 1280

  

Edison's electric pen

Edison's electric pen

At the Thomas Edison Historical Park in West Orange, NJ, is one of the celebrated inventor’s biggest disappointments: the electric pen. 960 1280

The Thomas Edison Papers at Rutgers University  

Edison Historical Park

Edison Historical Park

Though this device failed to transform the world of business, it went on to make a surprising and lasting impression when one man modified Edison’s invention into the first electric tattoo gun. 960 1280

  

Bishopville, SC

Bishopville, SC

At the South Carolina Cotton Museum in Bishopville, SC, there is a cryptic cast of what appears to be a footprint. 960 1280

  

Bishopville, SC

Bishopville, SC

Many are convinced that the mark was left by a half man, half lizard mutant creature that once lurked in the swamps of this South Carolina community. 960 1280

  

Hair tonic bottles

Hair tonic bottles

In Lockport, NY, at the Niagara County Historical Society is a set of murky glass bottles that tell a hair-raising tale. 960 1280

  

7 Sutherland sisters

7 Sutherland sisters

The glass bottles housed here once contained a hair growth tonic that catapulted 7 impoverished and eccentric sisters to an improbable life of fame and fortune. 960 1280

  

Statue of Diana

Statue of Diana

At the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a bronze statue of Diana, the Roman goddess of the hunt. This work of art bore witness to a scandalous, turn of the century crime that rocked high society and the nation, when famous architect Stanford White was murdered by a vengeful millionaire. 960 1280

  

Carroll Deering's bell

Carroll Deering's bell

At the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum on Hatteras Island in North Carolina is the bell of the Carroll Deering, a shipping vessel whose entire crew mysteriously vanished in one of the most confounding cases in seafaring history. 960 1280

  

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