Hitchcock's Birds, Hope Diamond, Phineas Gage

Host Don Wildman inspects a jar of strange, preserved creatures that helped inspire one of the scariest horror films of all time, admires a legendary blue diamond and examines the shattered skull of a 19th ...

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Kansas State Historical Society

At 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.

6425 Southwest 6th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66615

 
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National Museum of Natural History

Alongside the awe-inspiring artifacts at the National Museum of Natural History is a rare blue gem known as the Hope Diamond. This magnificent treasure is perhaps best known not for its beauty… but for a deadly curse.

10th Street Northwest
Washington, District of Columbia 20530

 
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The Scripps Research Institute

Preserved in a glass jar is a cluster of bizarre creatures of the sea. Known as zooplankton, these organisms help shed light on the mysteries of the deep. But they could also be responsible for inspiring a famous horror film.

8622 Kennel Way
La Jolla, CA 92037

 
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Warren Anatomical Museum

Harvard University’s Warren Anatomical Museum is home to a shattered, aging skull. It belonged to a 19th-century laborer who suffered from a grisly accident that should have killed him.

10 Shattuck St.
Boston, MA 02115

 

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