Modern Mysteries

While the ancient world provides our minds a wealth of relics and clues of times gone by, the fascinating riddles of our own time hold stories that remain to be told.

Van Gogh’s Ear

The moment when Vincent van Gogh looked into a mirror, held up a blade and cut into his own ear defines his turbulent life and art. But what did he really do on the night of December 23, 1888, in the town of Arles? What was his state of mind? No one has been clear on the details … until now. Bernadette Murphy, a researcher living in Provence, has spent five years piecing together a meticulous picture of his life in Arles, person by person, house by house. She has uncovered definitive evidence, never before published, and pieced together a detailed timeline of the events leading up to the night of the event, explaining the driving force behind the story that dominates art history.

Premiered December 14, 2016 | Video expires December 13, 2020

The Alcatraz Escape

Using innovative, 3D-modelling technology, scientists set out to prove whether it’s possible three inmates were able to survive one of the most daring prison escapes on record.

Premiered March 29, 2016 | Video expires March 28, 2020

Jamestown’s Dark Winter

Secrets of the Dead: Jamestown’s Dark Winter follows archaeologists and forensic anthropologists as they excavate the early American colony to uncover a dark secret hidden for more than 400 years.

Premiered November 24, 2015 | Video expires November 23, 2025

Vampire Legend

Follow scientists as they uncover “deviant” burials dating back to medieval England, pointing to a belief that the dead could rise from their graves. Predating Eastern European legend, these discoveries force a re-examination of modern vampire lore.

Premiered October 27, 2015 | Video expires October 27, 2018

Ben Franklin’s Bones

In November 1997, when the skeletal remains of at least 28 bodies were unearthed in the basement of an elegant townhouse, police feared it was the work of a serial killer. But when research indicated the bones actually dated to the mid-1700s, the implications became even more dramatic. This was no ordinary house: 36 Craven […]

Premiered January 28, 2015

The Mona Lisa Mystery

Hers is the most famous smile in the world — the one and only Mona Lisa. Or is it unique? With its striking similarities to the painting in the Louvre Museum, the so-called Isleworth Mona Lisa has remained an art world mystery since she was found in 1912. Did Leonardo da Vinci paint the legendary portrait twice? Or is the Isleworth the work of a talented forger?

Premiered July 9, 2014

Bugging Hitler’s Soldiers

Spied upon by MI19 in a bugging operation of unprecedented scale and cunning, 4,000 German POW’s revealed their inner thoughts about the Third Reich and let slip military secrets that helped the Allies win WWII.

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The Man Who Saved the World

This is the little-known story of how close to nuclear destruction the world really was during those dark October days and how the heroism of one man saved us all.

Premiered October 23, 2012 | Video expires October 22, 2022

Mumbai Massacre

Told from the perspective of the victims, the film places viewers inside the maelstrom, where they become witnesses to the critical events and decisions that meant the difference between life and death.

Premiered November 25, 2009

Doping for Gold

Doping for Gold investigates one of the most alarming cover-ups in the history of the Olympic Games – East Germany’s organized use of steroids and testosterone to bolster its athletes’ performance from 1960s through the 1980s.

Premiered May 7, 2008