Mysteries: Skunk Ape and Hacker Spy Pictures

Does the skunk ape exist? What caused a famous ventriloquist to disappear at sea in 1908? Don Wildman investigates.

This plaster cast of a large and strange looking footprint may prove the existence of a ghastly creature thought only to exist in myth.

The cast is now on display at the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME.

At the Burlington County Prison Museum in Mount Holly, NJ, an iconic tobacco pipe is a somber reminder of a once-lauded sleuth who was corrupted by his ambition to solve one of the nation’s most shocking crimes.

At the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, CT, visitors are undoubtedly drawn to a strange, large wooden barrel.

This wooden vessel, one of the world’s first submarines, played an unbelievable part in the Revolutionary War and changed the face of naval warfare forever.

At the Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, KY, visitors to the world’s only museum dedicated to the art of ventriloquism will see a set of tattered and weather-beaten dummies who may be the only remaining witnesses to a bone-chilling crime.

William Wood was one of the most famous ventriloquists of the early 1900s, known for his impressive use of multiple dolls at the same time. But in 1908, while traveling home after a successful tour in Mexico, William Wood disappeared at sea.

At the University of Chicago’s Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, IL, a simple-looking slab of graphite played a critical role in a top secret and unprecedented World War II experiment that may have put the entire city of Chicago in danger.

At the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, a decades-old rudimentary electronic device tells of one man’s genius strategy used to expose and disrupt one of the world’s first cases of internet espionage.