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History Detectives

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Fri., March 31, 2017
6:00 am
(60 minutes)

PsychoPhone; War Dog Letter; Pancho Villa Watch Fob  

Season 7 gets under way with an investigation into the "Psycho-Phone," a device said to have been built by Thomas Edison that enabled communication with the dead. Also: a WWII-era letter from one soldier to another about a third man's qualifications to become a dog trainer; a watch fob commemorating Pancho Villa's infamous 1916 raid on Columbus, N.M.

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Fri., March 31, 2017
7:00 am
(60 minutes)

The Manhattan Project; Galleon Shipwreck; Creole Poems  

Help is given to a man who believes his father worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II. Also: the origins of a 23-pound beeswax block with strange markings and a 160-year-old manuscript of poems written in French are investigated.

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Fri., March 31, 2017
8:00 am
(60 minutes)

St. Valentine's Day Massacre; Booth Letter; Cemetery Alarm  

A shotgun that may have been used in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre by a member of Al Capone's gang; a threatening letter John Wilkes Booth's father may have written President Andrew Jackson; a possible grave alarm (a device used to stop grave robbers).

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Fri., March 31, 2017
9:00 am
(60 minutes)

PsychoPhone; War Dog Letter; Pancho Villa Watch Fob  

Season 7 gets under way with an investigation into the "Psycho-Phone," a device said to have been built by Thomas Edison that enabled communication with the dead. Also: a WWII-era letter from one soldier to another about a third man's qualifications to become a dog trainer; a watch fob commemorating Pancho Villa's infamous 1916 raid on Columbus, N.M.

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Fri., March 31, 2017
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

The Manhattan Project; Galleon Shipwreck; Creole Poems  

Help is given to a man who believes his father worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II. Also: the origins of a 23-pound beeswax block with strange markings and a 160-year-old manuscript of poems written in French are investigated.

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Fri., March 31, 2017
11:00 am
(60 minutes)

St. Valentine's Day Massacre; Booth Letter; Cemetery Alarm  

A shotgun that may have been used in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre by a member of Al Capone's gang; a threatening letter John Wilkes Booth's father may have written President Andrew Jackson; a possible grave alarm (a device used to stop grave robbers).

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Fri., April 7, 2017
6:00 am
(60 minutes)

Sideshow Babies; Lubin Photos; Navajo Rug  

A Colorado woman wonders whether her mother was an infant used at a 1933 Chicago World's Fair incubator exhibition. Also: the history of Siegmund Lubin Studios, a silent-film studio in Philadelphia; the story of a Navajo rug that may hold a taboo image of a man with a feathered head holding lightning bolts.

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Fri., April 7, 2017
7:00 am
(60 minutes)

Tokyo Rose Recording; Crazy Horse Photo; WWII Diary  

A recording that may have been used during the trial of Iva Toguri, aka Tokyo Rose, the Japanese American woman who appeared on Japanese propaganda broadcasts during WWII; a possible photograph of the legendary Lakota warrior Crazy Horse. Also: the diary of a WWII pilot who perished in action is returned to his family.

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Fri., April 7, 2017
8:00 am
(60 minutes)

Amelia Earhart Plane; Fillmore Pardon; Boxcar Home  

The grandson of a Honolulu flight mechanic who believes he has a piece of Amelia Earhart's airplane asks for help confirming whether it is or isn't. Also: the 1851 presidential commutation of a death sentence to life in prison in the case of See See Sah Mah, a Native American convicted of killing a St. Louis trader; a Colorado home that may have been built from railroad boxcars.

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Fri., April 7, 2017
9:00 am
(60 minutes)

Sideshow Babies; Lubin Photos; Navajo Rug  

A Colorado woman wonders whether her mother was an infant used at a 1933 Chicago World's Fair incubator exhibition. Also: the history of Siegmund Lubin Studios, a silent-film studio in Philadelphia; the story of a Navajo rug that may hold a taboo image of a man with a feathered head holding lightning bolts.

WETA HD Logo

Fri., April 7, 2017
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

Tokyo Rose Recording; Crazy Horse Photo; WWII Diary  

A recording that may have been used during the trial of Iva Toguri, aka Tokyo Rose, the Japanese American woman who appeared on Japanese propaganda broadcasts during WWII; a possible photograph of the legendary Lakota warrior Crazy Horse. Also: the diary of a WWII pilot who perished in action is returned to his family.

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Fri., April 7, 2017
11:00 am
(60 minutes)

Amelia Earhart Plane; Fillmore Pardon; Boxcar Home  

The grandson of a Honolulu flight mechanic who believes he has a piece of Amelia Earhart's airplane asks for help confirming whether it is or isn't. Also: the 1851 presidential commutation of a death sentence to life in prison in the case of See See Sah Mah, a Native American convicted of killing a St. Louis trader; a Colorado home that may have been built from railroad boxcars.

Full Episodes

HDSI - Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?

HDSI - Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?

Notorious teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa disappeared without a trace in 1975. Was he murdered?

HDSI - Texas Servant Girl Murders

HDSI - Texas Servant Girl Murders

Before Jack the Ripper, a serial killer walked the streets of Austin, Texas.

HDSI - The Disappearance of Glenn Miller

HDSI - The Disappearance of Glenn Miller

In 1944, bandleader Glenn Miller boarded a plane for Paris and was never seen again.

HDSI - Civil War Sabotage?

HDSI - Civil War Sabotage?

The steamship Sultana exploded without warning one night in 1865, killing 1,800 people.

Clips

Deleted Scene: Swing Kids in Hamburg

Deleted Scene: Swing Kids in Hamburg

London professor Les Back tells Tukufu about WWII-era Germany's underground jazz scene.

Deleted Scene: Wartime Contradictions

Deleted Scene: Wartime Contradictions

London professor Les Back tells Tukufu about segregation of black soldiers during WW II.

Extended Interview: New insights into Abraham Lincoln

Extended Interview: New insights into Abraham Lincoln

Wes Cowan interviews Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer about Rueben Hatch,

Sultana mystery reveal

Sultana mystery reveal

The History Detectives come to a conclusion about the Sultana mystery.

Previews

History Detectives Special Investigations Preview

History Detectives Special Investigations Preview

The detectives are back solving the biggest mysteries in American history!

Mysteries from the Wild West - Preview

Mysteries from the Wild West - Preview

Premieres Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.