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.

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 January 1, 1970 | 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 January 1, 1970 | 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 January 1, 1970 | 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 1, 1970

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 January 1, 1970

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 January 1, 1970 | 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 January 1, 1970

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 January 1, 1970

The World’s Biggest Bomb

Beginning in the 1950s, American and Soviet scientists engaged in a dangerous race to see who could build and detonate the world’s largest bomb.

Premiered January 1, 1970