Mysteries: Space Monkey and Absinthe Pictures

Don Wildman examines a bottle of liquor that may have inspired a murderous rampage, a space-traveling monkey and a stack of manuscripts that many claim were written by a spirit.
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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.”

Historian Tom Memmi inspects Bicycle Pete’s bike.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.