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History Detectives

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Fri., May 27, 2016
6:00 am
(60 minutes)

Siberian Bullet; John Brown Pike; Ronald McDonald Costume  

A spear that may have been used in abolitionist John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry; why U.S. troops were in Siberia during World War I; whether a Ronald McDonald costume was used in the first national Ronald McDonald ad campaign.

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Fri., May 27, 2016
7:00 am
(60 minutes)

African-American Comic Book; Lindbergh-Sikorsky Fabric; Civil War Letters  

A letter from a Civil War soldier who wanted to lead a unit of blacks; fabric from an airplane apparently signed by Charles Lindbergh and helicopter inventor Igor Sikorsky; the story behind the 1950s-era "Negro Romance" comic book.

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Fri., May 27, 2016
8:00 am
(60 minutes)

Clara Barton Letter; Teddy Roosevelt War Club; Drone Propeller  

A propeller that may be from a WWII-era drone; an inscribed, wooden club that may have been given to Teddy Roosevelt; a letter that may be from Clara Barton in which she expresses concern about a soldier.

WETA HD Logo

Fri., May 27, 2016
9:00 am
(60 minutes)

Siberian Bullet; John Brown Pike; Ronald McDonald Costume  

A spear that may have been used in abolitionist John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry; why U.S. troops were in Siberia during World War I; whether a Ronald McDonald costume was used in the first national Ronald McDonald ad campaign.

WETA HD Logo

Fri., May 27, 2016
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

African-American Comic Book; Lindbergh-Sikorsky Fabric; Civil War Letters  

A letter from a Civil War soldier who wanted to lead a unit of blacks; fabric from an airplane apparently signed by Charles Lindbergh and helicopter inventor Igor Sikorsky; the story behind the 1950s-era "Negro Romance" comic book.

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Fri., May 27, 2016
11:00 am
(60 minutes)

Clara Barton Letter; Teddy Roosevelt War Club; Drone Propeller  

A propeller that may be from a WWII-era drone; an inscribed, wooden club that may have been given to Teddy Roosevelt; a letter that may be from Clara Barton in which she expresses concern about a soldier.

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

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.