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History Detectives

America's top gumshoes are on the case to prove once again that an object found in an attic or backyard might be anything but ordinary. Exploring historical objects and the stories behind them, History Detectives crisscrosses the country delving into legends, folklore and personal histories to discover potentially extraordinary objects in everyday American homes.

HDSI - Texas Servant Girl Murders

54m 41s

Before Jack the Ripper, a serial killer walked the streets of Austin, Texas. Can modern forensics help the History Detectives crack the case?

Episodes

  • HDSI - Texas Servant Girl Murders: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    HDSI - Texas Servant Girl Murders

    S11 E3 - 54m 41s

    Before Jack the Ripper, a serial killer walked the streets of Austin, Texas. Can modern forensics help the History Detectives crack the case?

  • HDSI - The Disappearance of Glenn Miller: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    HDSI - The Disappearance of Glenn Miller

    S11 E2 - 54m 41s

    In 1944, bandleader Glenn Miller boarded a plane for Paris and was never seen or heard from again. Can the History Detectives find out what happened?

  • HDSI - Civil War Sabotage? : asset-mezzanine-16x9

    HDSI - Civil War Sabotage?

    S11 E1 - 54m 41s

    The steamship Sultana exploded without warning one night in 1865, killing 1,800 people. Was the disaster a result of Civil War sabotage?

Extras + Features

  • HDSI: Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    HDSI: Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa

    S11 E4 - 31s

    While others have concentrated on locating Hoffa’s body, the History Detectives are after the answer to the more important question: Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?”

Schedule

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    History Detectives

    Blueprint Special; Monroe Letter; Atocha Spanish Silver

    Friday
    Jan 27

    1 Hour

    A veteran's unique acetate recording may be a forgotten piece of history; a framed letter allegedly written by future President James Monroe in 1807; silver from the Spanish ship Atocha.
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    John Adams Book; Sioux Spoon; NC-4 First Across the Atlantic

    Sunday
    Jan 29

    1 Hour

    Book containing transcripts of sedition trials may have belonged to President John Adams; spoon commemorating Sioux hangings of 1862.
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    Slave Songbook; Josh White Guitar; Birthplace of Hip Hop

    Monday
    Jan 30

    1 Hour

    A book of 136 plantation songs could be the first book of black spirituals ever published; a Guild brand acoustic guitar may have belonged to Josh White.
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    PsychoPhone; War Dog Letter; Pancho Villa Watch Fob

    Tuesday
    Jan 31

    1 Hour

    Thomas Edison created the PsychoPhone to record messages from the afterlife; a World War II soldier's letter; watch fob commemorates murderous raid.
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    Manhattan Project; Galleon Shipwreck; Creole Poems

    Wednesday
    Feb 1

    1 Hour

    Invention may have been used to build the atomic bomb; a 23-pound block of beeswax; French manuscript could be love poems.
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    St. Valentine's Day Massacre; Booth Letter; Cemetery Alarm

    Thursday
    Feb 2

    1 Hour

    Shotgun may have belonged to one of Al Capone's men; letter indicates that John Wilkes Booth's father threatened to kill President Andrew Jackson.
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    Sideshow Babies; Lubin Photos; Navajo Rug

    Friday
    Feb 3

    1 Hour

    Baby may have been exhibited in an incubator at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair; early movie mogul Siegmund Lubin; Navajo rug.
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    Shipwreck Cannons; Connecticut Farmhouse; Kahlil Gibran Painting

    Sunday
    Feb 5

    1 Hour

    Cannons from the 1846 shipwreck of the USS Shark; Jewish immigrants sheltered at a Connecticut farmhouse; painting possibly by poet Kahlil Gibran.
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    History Detectives

    Blueprint Special; Monroe Letter; Atocha Spanish Silver

    Sunday
    Feb 5

    1 Hour

    A veteran's unique acetate recording may be a forgotten piece of history; a framed letter allegedly written by future President James Monroe in 1807; silver from the Spanish ship Atocha.

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