Mysteries: Santa Heist and Papago Park Pictures

Don Wildman examines a poster for the “most missingest man in America,” a toxic bottle of liquor and a leather bag used in a gutsy prison escape.

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Feather Fans from World's Fair

Feather Fans from World's Fair

On display at the Chicago History Museum is a set of feather plume fans that were used for a burlesque show at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. 960 1280

  

Sally Rand

Sally Rand

Sally Rand’s career skyrocketed after she debuted her risqué fan dance at the fair. 960 1280

  

International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum

The International Spy Museum in Washington, DC, houses the make-up that was used to disguise the 6 American diplomats who evaded capture during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979. 960 1280

  

Argo

Argo

The CIA used a fake film project -- a sci-fi movie they called Argo -- to disguise the Americans as a Canadian film crew and rescue them from Iran. 960 1280

  

LA Police Museum

LA Police Museum

The LA Police Museum houses bullet fragments found at the scene of notorious mobster Bugsy Siegel's murder. 960 1280

  

Bugsy Siegel

Bugsy Siegel

In 1941, Bugsy Siegel was shot dead in his girlfriend’s home in Beverly Hills, CA. 960 1280

  

Bullets from Bugsy Siegel's Murder

Bullets from Bugsy Siegel's Murder

Siegel’s murder remains shrouded in mystery, and we may never know who fired the bullets that killed him. 960 1280

  

Baltimore Medical Examiner's Office

Baltimore Medical Examiner's Office

At the Baltimore Medical Examiner's office is a collection of meticulous, miniature crime scene dioramas created by the “Mother of CSI,” a millionaire heiress named Frances Glessner Lee with an interest in forensics. 960 1280

  

Crime Scene Diorama

Crime Scene Diorama

These morbid displays of death played an unexpected role in the history of modern crime scene investigation. 960 1280

  

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

  

Blue Box

Blue Box

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

At the Joseph Jefferson Mansion and Gardens on Lake Peigneur in New Iberia, LA, is an antique urn that was one of few relics to survive a terrifying and earthshaking disaster. 960 1280

  

Whirlpool

Whirlpool

On Nov. 20, 1980, a mining accident caused a giant whirlpool to form -- sucking in 65 acres of buildings, barges, trees and terrain surrounding the lake. 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

  

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

  

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