Secrets of the Dead

Part detective story, part true-life drama, Secrets of the Dead unearths evidence from around the world, challenging prevailing ideas and throwing fresh light on unexplained events. Explore some iconic historical moments while debunking long-held myths and shining new light on past events. Advances in investigative techniques, forensic science and historical scholarship offer new evidence on forgotten mysteries.

Secrets of the Dead: "Ben Franklin's Bones"

When skeletal remains of at least 10 people, including several infants, turned up in the basement of Benjamin Franklin’s British residence, people wondered if the Founding Father might have had a much darker side, as the bones had been meticulously cut and drilled. Franklin was aware of the bodies in his basement, but they weren’t the victims of violent acts. Rather, they were used for the purposes of an illegal anatomy school that helped shaped modern medicine.

Ben Franklin's Bones

Ben Franklin's Bones

Secrets of the Dead

Skeletal remains of at least 10 people were found in the basement of Franklin’s British residence.

Bugging Hitler's Soldiers

Bugging Hitler's Soldiers

Secrets of the Dead

The thoughts and opinions of German POWs during WWII.

60 min.

Resurrecting Richard III

Resurrecting Richard III

Secrets of the Dead

Scientists study the bones of King Richard III (1452-85).

60 min.

The Lost Gardens of Babylon

The Lost Gardens of Babylon

Secrets of the Dead

A search for the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

60 min.

Carthage's Lost Warriors

Carthage's Lost Warriors

Secrets of the Dead

Evidence that Carthaginians landed in South America.

60 min.

The Lost Diary of Dr. Livingstone

The Lost Diary of Dr. Livingstone

Secrets of the Dead

A look at the lost diary of Dr. David Livingstone (1813-73).

60 min.

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4/2/15 5:00 AM
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