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Secrets of the Dead

Umbrella Assassin

Season 5 Episode 5 | 55m 3s

On September 11, 1978, Bulgarian emigre, writer and broadcast journalist Georgi Markov died. Three days before, while waiting for a bus, Markov felt a sudden sting in the back of his thigh. Markov was soon hospitalized. After his death, an investigation ruled Markov had been poisoned. A pellet containing ricin had been shot into his leg. How had this political murder been executed?

Aired: 10/04/06

Expired: 12/14/15

Rating: TV-PG

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