History Detectives

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America's top gumshoes are on the case! Exploring our biggest historical mysteries, History Detectives Special Investigations crisscrosses the country in search of answers to some of our most probing questions: What was behind the tragic sinking of the SS Sultana at the end of the American Civil War, one of the worst maritime disasters in U.S. history? Can they crack the case of one of the country's first recorded serial killings, the Texas Servant Girl Murders of the 1880s? Who really killed Jimmy Hoffa and why? And what led to the mysterious vanishing of big band leader Glenn Miller during World War II? Watch and find out!

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Episodes 60

History Detectives

HDSI - Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?

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

54:41

History Detectives

HDSI - Texas Servant Girl Murders

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

54:41

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HDSI - Civil War Sabotage?

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

54:41

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Clips 288

History Detectives

Deleted Scene: Swing Kids in Hamburg

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

2:30

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Deleted Scene: Wartime Contradictions

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

2:03

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Sultana mystery reveal

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

3:20

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Kit Carson Family Secrets

Did this antique biography once belong to Kit Carson’s family?

13:28

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Sons of the Pioneers

Archive footage of the Sons of the Pioneers performing Tumbling Tumbleweeds.

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Previews 14

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