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Case 13: Blood Feud on Tug Fork

The series of violent events that erupted in southern Appalachia in the 1870s and 80s, known as the “Hatfield-McCoy Feud,” evokes stereotypes of backwoods blood feuds and caricatured “hillbillies” with loaded shotguns. This episode will offer a very different version of the Hatfield-McCoy story that uncovers clues to the real reason for the feud and how the caricatured image of the hillbilly was born. Read More
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Case 12: Dinner at Delmonico’s

The elegant entrance to Delmonico’s restaurant in Lower Manhattan still welcomes billionaires, politicians, and visiting VIPs. It was here in the early 1800s that the upscale American restaurant was born. But the telltale clues contained in an early printed menu reveal how the name “Delmonico’s” also became a familiar brand name for eat-and-run lunchrooms for New York’s working poor. Read More
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Case 11: Murder on the Gunness Farm

On an isolated farm just outside LaPorte, Indiana, some unspeakable acts took place in the early 1900s. They remained deep and deadly secrets until a package of love letters was discovered in an immigrant’s cabin in South Dakota—letters that revealed the shockingly murderous intent of a widowed farm wife named Belle Gunness. Read More
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Case 10: National Hobo Convention of Britt, Iowa

Britt is a mecca for hobos -- wanderers and boxcar riders with names like “Railroad Randy” and “50-Tooth Slim." Every August they gather and swap stories about their rambling lives that ironically reflect changing American visions of home. Read More
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Case 9: The Vampire of Griswold, Connecticut

Did vampires roam the swamps and forests of early New England? A grotesquely vandalized grave discovered in the small town of Griswold, Connecticut, revealed a ghoulish secret that had been concealed for almost 200 years.  Read More
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Case 8: Loretto Chapel’s Miraculous Staircase, Santa Fe

The graceful spiral staircase in the Loretto Chapel ascends weightlessly from the floor to the choir loft rising a total height of almost twenty-five feet. Not a single nail was used in its construction; it lacks any central support. Built in 1881, it still evokes wonder. What is the secret of its miraculous design? Read More
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