A group of historians explore the idea that Hitler may have escaped from his bunker and never committed suicide as history notes. Evidence examined includes a piece of skull found at the bunker site by the Russians.
The team investigates the Bermuda Triangle mysteries which surrounds the area. The team takes a survivor of a Bermuda Triangle encounter on a flight to try to determine what could be disorienting pilots. Plus, divers will search the ocean floor for aircraft wreckage.
The San Francisco Bay Area was terrorized by a serial killer known as Zodiac who angered the residents and taunted the police. With the use of DNA technology, investigators were able to identify a new suspect in the crime spree.
Using the latest in sonar and underwater exploration technology, investigators dive to various submerged ruins, including Bimini Road in the Bahamas, with the hope that one of them could possibly be the remains of the legendary city of Atlantis.
Teams investigate possible government cover-ups of UFO research projects as they travel to Nevada and Utah.
Investigators look into reports of Nazi SS personnel, such as Josef Mengele and Martin Bormann, who are believed to have escaped justice after World War II through the help of a secret organization known as ODESSA and sympathetic members of the Catholic Church. They reportedly fled to Paraguay where they plotted to reestablish their sinister regime.
A former federal maximum-security prison, Alcatraz is located on an island in the San Francisco Bay 1.5 miles off the coast of California.
The history of Alcatraz prison began in 1861 when the U.S. military converted a military fortress on the island into a jail to house Confederate sympathizers. In 1934 the military handed the prison over to the Department of Justice, and for 29 years it served as a maximum-security civilian prison for America's most dangerous offenders. Also known as "The Rock," because of the 12 acres of solid rock on which it was built, the prison housed a number of well-known offenders in its history. Gangster Al Capone was transferred to the isolated penitentiary in 1934 after he was discovered bribing guards at a federal prison in Atlanta. Another famous inmate was murderer Robert Stroud, known as the "Birdman of Alcatraz." Imprisoned on the island prison from 1942 to 1959, Stroud earned his nickname because he became fascinated with birds and wrote an important book on the subject while in prison. Because of its island location and tight security, few escape attempts from Alcatraz were ever made, and it is believed that none was successful. The most famous attempt was known as the "Battle at Alcatraz," which started with a six-man escape but turned into a violent uprising. The island prison was shut down in March 1963 after critics called its isolation cells cruel and inhumane and its island location made it too costly to maintain. In 1972 Alcatraz Island became part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and has been a popular tourist destination ever since. Some tourists are even lured to the island for the fabled stories of hauntings at the old prison. Witnesses say they have seen and heard the ghosts of its notorious prisoners emanating from the old penitentiary building.
Jack the Ripper
August 31-November 9, 1888
Whitechapel district of London's East End, England
In 1888, a string of gruesome murders gripped the city of London. The unidentified murderer, who came be known as Jack the Ripper, sliced the throats of five unsuspecting prostitutes, mutilating all except one of them. Jack the Ripper's first victim was Mary Ann Nichols, whom he killed on the night of August 31, 1888. The mother of five children, Nichols was found dead with her throat slit and her stomach mutilated. A week later, on September 8, 1888, Jack the Ripper struck again, murdering Annie Chapman, a 47-year-old prostitute who was found dead and disemboweled. On September 30, Jack the Ripper killed his third and fourth victims: He cut the throat of Elizabeth Stride but did not touch her body--investigators believed he was interrupted before he could. Later that night he killed Catherine Eddowes and savagely mutilated her body and face.
Investigators initially made no headway in discovering the perpetrator of the grisly crimes, which were known popularly as the "Whitechapel murders", after the location in which they occurred. Then on September 27 a news agency received a letter that began "Dear Boss." It was written in red ink and signed "Jack the Ripper"; the pseudonym stuck. A few days later a postcard smeared with blood arrived at the same location, and soon after, a deluge of letters claiming to be written by Jack the Ripper were sent to the police and the press. One letter, sent on October 16 to the Mile End Vigilance Committee, a group of non-professionals convened to help solve the murders, arrived with a piece of a human kidney, which the author claimed belonged to Catherine Eddowes. The fact that the killer had the surgical skill to remove a kidney caused investigators to suspect that he might be a doctor, but they still made no progress on the case. The last murder thought to be tied to Jack the Ripper was Mary Jane Kelly, whom he killed on the night of November 9. To this day, Jack the Ripper has not been identified.
3100 B.C. - 1100 B.C.
Salisbury Plain, north of Salisbury, England
Stonehenge is a prehistoric archaeological site located in southern England. Built about 4,000 years ago, this circular arrangement of large, monumental stones is one of the world's oldest mysteries. Although archaeologists and historians have mostly reconstructed how the massive stone structure was built, they still do not know why it was built. Its purpose has perplexed and intrigued historians and tourists alike for hundreds of years.
Archaeologists believe that Stonehenge was built in three stages beginning around 3100 B.C. Some believe the construction of Stonehenge was never completed as originally planned, and that had it been finished, it would have been made up five trilithons, which are massive monolithic post-and-lintel structures, made of sarsen stone, an extremely hard sandstone that occurs naturally in the area. The trilithons were composed of two large vertical sarsen stones, supporting a large horizontal sarsen stone across the top. It is believed these were then surrounded by a circle of 30 large upright stone posts capped by stone lintels that formed a continuous ring. Inside the outer circle of sarsen stones was a circle of bluestones, and another circle of smaller bluestones in a horseshoe shape stood inside the five trilithons. Bluestone is a blue-black stone native to the Presali Mountains in South Wales. The entire monument was surrounded by a circular bank and ditch.
Only some of the bluestones remain today, and only 17 of the 30 upright stones remain. Over its four millennia of existence, during which it faced plundering and a good deal of weathering, Stonehenge has come into ruin and is only a shadow of its former self. Still, it is probably the world's most important example of prehistoric architecture, and it attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, not only because of its historic importance but also because of the mystery surrounding its use.
The Amityville Horror was perhaps history's most famous haunting. Nearly every known form of paranormal activity was experienced in this Long Island home. Could the spirit have returned? There are eerily similar phenomena occurring in a new location. MysteryQuest investigates using new technology built specifically for their investigation as they try to prove that these demonic spirits not only exist but that they've taken over.
Source: History Channel