Secrets of the Dead

Prohibition-era gangster Dutch Schultz’s lost treasure remained an 85-year-old mystery. Library of Congress.

Secrets of the Dead continued to shed light on forgotten mysterious and infamous events of decades past, using the latest investigative techniques, forensic science and historical examination. What history did the series re-write this season?

Three teams of treasure hunters joined the search for Dutch Schultz’s “long-lost” treasure –$150 million – in upstate New York in Gangster’s Gold. A public panel discussion welcomed one of the filmmakers and a true crime writer/historian to discuss the notorious gangster and his legacy, while a mixologist demonstrated how to make The Southside, a special Prohibition-era cocktail.

The sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912 is one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. Did a mystery ship turn away from the “unsinkable” ship in its darkest hour? Secrets of the Dead set out to discover the truth with a team of investigators. After the premiere, journalist and Titanic author Senan Molony answered questions from the public in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything;” More than 2,000 “upvotes” and 358 comments were posted on the engaging thread.

“[Abandoning the Titanic] tells the Titanic story in such a way that this age-old story feels new again.” – Media Post TV columnist Adam Buckman

When archaeologists discovered female DNA in a long-perceived-to-be-male warrior skeleton, it made history. Viking Warrior Queen uncovered the truth behind the only known female Viking warrior to date.

Speaking of archaeology, ever consider a career in the field? New monthly blog “She Digs” spoke with women in the field, learning about how archaeology works underwater, the role of Indigenous people in archaeology, the importance of archaeological preservation, what it was like working through COVID-19, and more. Since launch, the feature has accumulated more than 12,400 unique pageviews.

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The bow of the RMS Titanic, photographed by the ROV Hercules during a June 2004 expedition. NOAA/Institute for Exploration/University of Rhode Island (NOAA/IFE/URI).