Secrets of the Dead

Monday 8:00 PM on PBS Premiered May 15, 2000 In Season


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  • Japanese SuperSub

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    S 9 : Ep 1 - 5/4/10

    Japanese SuperSub recounts Japan's superior submarine technology and reveals how close the Japanese came to using the subs to blow up the Panama Canal, terrorize the U.S. and possibly enact a deadly biological attack. The supersub, obtained by the U.S. at the end of the war, combined the tactical advantages of sea and sky. But why did America sink one of its most prized military captures?moreless
  • Executed in Error

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    S 8 : Ep 3 - 10/1/08

    One of the most notorious and highly publicised murder cases of the early 20th century was that of the American doctor, Hawley Crippen, convicted in England for the murder of his wife. It was one of the first cases where forensic science evidence was considered of major importance to the conviction. This PBS documentary re-examines and evaluates the evidence using modern forensic methods. The results uncover some interesting facts that were unknown at the time of the conviction.moreless
  • Sinking Atlantis

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    S 8 : Ep 2 - 5/14/08

    Sinking Atlantis attempts to explain the disappearance of the Minoans, an early culture which flourished on the island of Crete. The episode begins by examining and discarding the two most common theories behind their disappearance (a giant volcanic eruption and a Greek invasion) before introducing archaeologist Sandy MacGillivray, who explains that the Minoans may have been wiped out by a tsunami.moreless
  • Escape From Auschwitz

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    S 7 : Ep 2 - 4/30/08

    The story of Rudolph Vrba and Alfred Wetzler, two young Slovak Jews who escaped the Auschwitz death camp. They immediately wrote a detailed account of their experiences resulting in thousands of lives being saved.moreless
  • Aztec Massacre

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    S 7 : Ep 1 - 4/23/08

    A recent archaeological discovery of more than 550 bodies near Mexico City suggests that the Aztecs were much more resistant to the Spanish Conquistadors than previously thought.
  • Battle for the Bible

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    S 6 : Ep 3 - 4/25/07

    The story behind the creation of the King James Bible from mysterious and inaccessible Latin texts to a book for the common english speaking people.
  • Umbrella Assassin

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    S 6 : Ep 1 - 10/4/06

    Find out just who's responsible for this Cold War assassination and how it all happened.
  • Amazon Warrior Women

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    S 4 : Ep 5 - 8/4/04

    Archaeologist Jeannine Davis-Kimball explores the mythology and stories surrounding the Amazon women warriors. Tales of these brave and ferocious beauties have been popular in the public imagination for centuries. Davis-Kimball decides to uncover how much of the mythology is real and how much is speculation, with surprising and revealing results.moreless
  • D-Day

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    S 4 : Ep 4 - 5/19/04

    Liev Schreiber narrates this exploration of D-Day, the deceptively simple nickname for a significant moment in world history. The Allies had to plan the invasion for a long time beforehand, perfecting their approach. When the actual events came to pass on the beaches of Normandy, it took a blend of technology, savvy and courage, which this documentary unveils.moreless
  • Secrets Of The Dead: Killer Flu


  • Bridge on the River Kwai

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    S 4 : Ep 1 - 11/12/03

    Bridge on the River Kwai from the show Secrets of the Dead, is an episode that tells the story of the Allied POWs and other prisoners forced to build the "Death Railway" for the Japanese army during World War Two. The railway connected Burma and Thailand at the cost of a hundred thousand casualties among those forced to build it.moreless
  • Titanic's Ghosts

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    S 3 : Ep 2 - 11/20/02

    Historian Alan Ruffman and forensics expert Dr. Ryan Parr attempt to uncover the lives and identities of hundreds of bodies buried in Nova Scotia. These bodies represent just some of the victims of the Titanic disaster in 1912, recovered by Canadian life boats decades ago. The researchers hope to pay respect to the dead and reveal more about the tragedy by learning the stories of the departed.moreless