Mysteries: Mad Bomber Pictures

Don examines the anonymous letters of a lunatic terrorist, and the circumstances surrounding a terrible poisoning at an insane asylum.
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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.

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?

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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