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Don investigates a property deed tied to an epic fight for justice, a short-wave radio that wrought havoc in a high-stakes game of espionage, and a human skull that speaks to a harrowing ordeal.

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Rhine ESP/Parapsychology Museum
Rhine ESP/Parapsychology Museum

Rhine ESP/Parapsychology Museum

This small memorandum contains notes that document a remarkable equine phenomenon: a horse with a seemingly supernatural ability that captivated the country. 960 1280

  

Rhine ESP/Parapsychology Museum

Rhine ESP/Parapsychology Museum

The memo book can be found at the Rhine ESP/Parapsychology Museum in Durham, NC, which is home to various pieces of equipment that document the study of parapsychology over the past 70 years. 960 1280

  

Naugatuck Historical Society

Naugatuck Historical Society

On display at Connecticut’s Naugatuck Historical Society is a slab of strange material that is linked to one of history’s most monumental manufacturing achievements in history: the discovery of vulcanization. 960 1280

  

Naugatuck Historical Society

Naugatuck Historical Society

Connecticut’s Naugatuck Historical Society, located in an old train station, chronicles many of the high points in Naugatuck’s history, including Charles Goodyear’s discovery of vulcanization. 960 1280

  

Pulaski Axe

Pulaski Axe

This unique tool, known as the Pulaski Axe, was invented to protect people in one of man’s most perilous professions: firefighting. 960 1280

  

The Wallace District Mining Museum

The Wallace District Mining Museum

The Wallace District Mining Museum in Wallace, ID, tells the story behind the Pulaski Axe and how it developed from the exploits of a heroic man, who bravely saved the men in his command from near-certain death. 960 1280

  

National Postal Museum

National Postal Museum

This piece of evidence was used in an explosive case of domestic terrorism. But what role did a seemingly simple box play in a series of attacks delivered through the mail? 960 1280

  

National Postal Museum

National Postal Museum

This seemingly innocuous box can be found at the National Postal Museum in Washington, DC, which is dedicated to the preservation of the postal service’s history with exhibitions of stamps, machinery and other artifacts. 960 1280

  

James Randi Educational Foundation

James Randi Educational Foundation

This everyday utensil was once considered to be a symbol of one of the biggest breakthroughs in science, but it also represents one man’s dogged persistence to expose a greater truth about experiments in a controversial field. 960 1280

  

James Randi Educational Foundation

James Randi Educational Foundation

The spoon can be found among the books and artifacts related to the paranormal at the James Randi Educational Foundation in Los Angeles, which is dedicated to exposing paranormal fraud. 960 1280

  

Elisha Kent Kane Historical Society

Elisha Kent Kane Historical Society

This enigmatic wooden carving of a woman once adorned a vessel on a mission to solve a dramatic and bone-chilling Arctic mystery. 960 1280

  

Elisha Kent Kane Historical Society

Elisha Kent Kane Historical Society

The Elisha Kent Kane Historical Society in New York City, where this carving is housed, preserves artifacts of nineteenth-century Artic exploration, most significantly, that of Sir John Franklin, whose expedition ended fatally. 960 1280

  

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New York Municipal Archives

New York Municipal Archives

At the New York Municipal Archives in New York City, an aged dossier from the 1950s tells the story of the Mad Bomber, a lunatic who terrorized the city by setting off a series of explosions from 1940-1956. 960 1280

  

Mad Bomber's Letters

Mad Bomber's Letters

After 16 years of terror and no strong leads, police turn to a psychiatrist for help. He creates a psychological profile of the bomber and believes that the terrorist can be tricked in to revealing his identity. So, does this new method of criminal profiling prove useful? 960 1280

  

Oregon State Hospital Museum

Oregon State Hospital Museum

At The Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health, visitors inspecting a pair of commonplace dining implements will be shocked to discover they played a central role in a terrifying and deadly outbreak that devastated an Oregon psychiatric ward. 960 1280

  

Dining Implements From the Oregon State Hospital

Dining Implements From the Oregon State Hospital

In November 1942, 47 patients at the Oregon State Hospital were lethally poisoned while eating a meal of scrambled eggs. So, who laced the eggs with the toxic chemical, sodium fluoride, and why? 960 1280

  

Center For Puppetry Arts

Center For Puppetry Arts

At the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, an antique wooden marionette tells how one man’s tireless passion for his art launched a massive highflying spectacle and started an annual holiday tradition. 960 1280

  

Puppet that Inspired the Macy's Parade Balloons

Puppet that Inspired the Macy's Parade Balloons

This marionette was inspiration for the balloons at the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 960 1280

  

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

At the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco, WA, a charcoal portrait showcases a scantily clad man who was once embroiled in a scandalous expose that remains controversial to this day. 960 1280

  

Naked Joe

Naked Joe

In 1911, Boston newspaper illustrator Joe Knowles decided to attempt to survive, naked, in the woods of Maine. When his story hits the pages of "The Boston Post,” the paper's readership soars. But some question the veracity of the so-called “Nature Man's” tale. 960 1280

  

Salon de Magie

Salon de Magie

At the Salon de Magie in Loveland, OH, amidst the many relics of magic that comprise Ken Klosterman’s private collection, one bejeweled, ornate saber tells a chilling and tragic tale of a renowned magician whose final, fatal performance remains shrouded in mystery. 960 1280

  

The Great Lafayette

The Great Lafayette

In Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1911, a fire breaks out during a magic show, and the world-famous magician, The Great Lafayette, is tragically killed. But when his body is found without his signature diamond ring, some begin to wonder -- is this really the great magician, or is his death merely an illusion? 960 1280

  

St. Francis Dam

St. Francis Dam

At the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society in Newhall, CA, is a fragment from the St. Francis Dam. When the dam failed in 1928, the floodwater killed almost 600 people. 960 1280

  

Plane Fragments

Plane Fragments

Mark Hall-Patton examines mangled metal fragments that are housed at the Clark County Museum in Henderson, NV. The metal tells the story of a tragic plane crash that shocked Hollywood and the nation. 960 1280

  

Philadelphia History Museum

Philadelphia History Museum

At the Philadelphia History Museum in Philadelphia, PA, is a small, mounted dog. Named “Philly,” the heroic animal saved the lives of many American soldiers during World War I before being preserved at the museum. 960 1280

  

Concrete

Concrete

In Newhall, CA, is a chunk of concrete that was once part of a celebrated engineering marvel that ultimately brought about one of the deadliest man-made disasters in American history. 960 1280

  

Delta Saloon Café

Delta Saloon Café

At the Delta Saloon Café in Virginia City, NV, is a table that many believe is cursed. Three different people have committed suicide at this exact Faro table. 960 1280

  

Philadelphia History Museum

Philadelphia History Museum

The Philadelphia History Museum is now home to an unlikely hero. In the face of great danger, this small dog once prowled the front lines of World War I. 960 1280

  

Delta Saloon Café

Delta Saloon Café

The Delta Saloon Café is home to a gaming table with a dark past. 960 1280

  

Suicide table

Suicide table

Visit the Delta Saloon Café in Virginia City, NV, to see the famed “suicide table.” 960 1280

  

Clark County Museum

Clark County Museum

At the Clark County Museum in Henderson, NV, is a fragment of a plane that crashed while carrying one of the most famous actresses of the 1930s – Carole Lombard. 960 1280

  

Kansas Museum of History

Kansas Museum of History

At the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka is a well-worn nautical uniform that once belonged to a local doctor famous for performing goat gland transplants on his patients. 960 1280

  

Fox Sisters

Fox Sisters

On display at the Lily Dale Museum in Lily Dale, NY, is a large tin chest that is linked to the Fox sisters – a famous clan of psychics who claimed to be able to speak with the dead. So whose trunk was this? And what did it prove about a sinister tale of murder, intrigue and the afterlife? 960 1280

  

Easter Island

Easter Island

A statue from Easter Island at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. 960 1280

  

Custer's last stand

Custer's last stand

Actors reenact Custer’s last stand. 960 1280

  

US Army Quartermaster Museum

US Army Quartermaster Museum

Military uniforms on display at the US Army Quartermaster Museum in Fort Lee, VA. 960 1280

  

Washington newspaper

Washington newspaper

Reporter Casey McNerthney inspects a Washington newspaper from 1935. It holds evidence of an infamous kidnapping. 960 1280

  

Red Ghost legend

Red Ghost legend

The US Army Quartermaster Museum in Fort Lee, VA, displays a brass bell that was linked to a legendary beast known as the Red Ghost. What was this terrifying creature? And how did it come to stalk the Arizona desert? 960 1280

  

Kansas Museum of History

Kansas Museum of History

The Kansas Museum of History’s museum registrar, Nikaela Zimmerman, tells the story of John R. Brinkley, a doctor who was hailed as a Kansas hero. 960 1280

  

John R. Brinkley

John R. Brinkley

After losing his medical license for his controversial goat gland transplants, John R. Brinkley launched a campaign for governor. These artifacts were given out to voters. 960 1280

  

Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument

Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument

Custer on horseback at the Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument in Montana. On display at the museum is an unassuming array of bent and rusty cartridge casings that came from the blood-soaked site of one of the most famous battles in American history. 960 1280

  

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