Riddles of the Dead

Riddles of the Dead

2002 - 2007, Science
Unearthing clues to some of the world's most compelling mysteries.

Episode Guide

  • Riddles of the Dead - Miracle Blood: St. Gennaro's Blood (Episode 38)
    Episode 38:

    Miracle Blood: St. Gennaro's Blood

    The sacred blood of San Gennaro liquefies each year on the anniversary of his death.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Priestess Warrior (Episode 37)
    Episode 37:

    Priestess Warrior

    Investigates the truth behind the Amazon myth that nomadic women warriors roamed the steppes and inspired the ancient writers.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Skeleton Lake (Episode 36)
    Episode 36:

    Skeleton Lake

    In 1942 hundreds of skeletons were found in frozen Roopkund Lake.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Diva Mummy (Episode 35)
    Episode 35:

    Diva Mummy

    Unearthing a well preserved mummy; the science behind mummification.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Massacre at Punta Lobos (Episode 34)
    Episode 34:

    Massacre at Punta Lobos

    Forensic anthropologists and archeologists piece together the mystery behind a 700 year old murder.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Secrets of Einstein's Brain (Episode 33)
    Episode 33:

    Secrets of Einstein's Brain

    Explores the afterlife journey of Einstein's brain, preserved by pathologist Thomas Harvey.

  • Riddles of the Dead - In Search of a Lost Princess (Episode 32)
    Episode 32:

    In Search of a Lost Princess

    Brothers try to prove that their grandmother was the last surviving member of Czar Nicholas II's family.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Are We Cannibals? (Episode 31)
    Episode 31:

    Are We Cannibals?

    New scientific evidence on cannibalism.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Secrets of the Sands (Episode 30)
    Episode 30:

    Secrets of the Sands

    The ancient Sahara Desert community.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Moche Murder Mysteries (Episode 28)
    Episode 28:

    Moche Murder Mysteries

    Forensic scientist John Verano helps solve a vast mystery in the deserts of Peru.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Sole Survivor (Episode 27)
    Episode 27:

    Sole Survivor

    The eruption of Mount Pelee in 1902.

  • Riddles of the Dead - The Modern Frankenstein (Episode 26)
    Episode 26:

    The Modern Frankenstein

  • Riddles of the Dead - Ghost Pirate (Episode 25)
    Episode 25:

    Ghost Pirate

    The legend of pirate captain James Avery, who attacked a merchant ship in the Indian Ocean in 1690, finding an enormous stash of jewels.

  • Riddles of the Dead - The Body Snatchers (Episode 24)
    Episode 24:

    The Body Snatchers

  • Riddles of the Dead - Death on the Amazon (Episode 23)
    Episode 23:

    Death on the Amazon

    Sir Peter Blake's voyage into the heart of South America.

  • Riddles of the Dead - The Showmen (Episode 22)
    Episode 22:

    The Showmen

    Ancient Greeks perfect the mummification process.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Titanic's Ghosts (Episode 21)
    Episode 21:

    Titanic's Ghosts

    Relatives of those lost on the Titanic use DNA technology to identify remains of victims.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Diagnosing Darwin (Episode 20)
    Episode 20:

    Diagnosing Darwin

    Uncovering the disease that killed Charles Darwin, which Dr. Rob McCall believes was a South American "assassin bug.".

  • Riddles of the Dead - Body Jars (Episode 19)
    Episode 19:

    Body Jars

    Caves full of jars which contain skeletons are hidden in the Cambodian jungle.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Immortal Comrade (Episode 18)
    Episode 18:

    Immortal Comrade

    Vladimir Lenin's embalmer details the debacle of preserving the great leader.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Sheba's Secret Mummies (Episode 17)
    Episode 17:

    Sheba's Secret Mummies

    An international survey team investigates findings of Arabian mummies in the land of the legendary Queen of Sheba.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Hitler's Skull (Episode 16)
    Episode 16:

    Hitler's Skull

    A forensic scientist examines what is believed to be Hitler's skull.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Plague Survivors (Episode 15)
    Episode 15:

    Plague Survivors

  • Riddles of the Dead - Lost Army in the Sand (Episode 14)
    Episode 14:

    Lost Army in the Sand

  • Riddles of the Dead - Criminal Evidence (Episode 13)
    Episode 13:

    Criminal Evidence

  • Riddles of the Dead - Changing Tombs (Episode 12)
    Episode 12:

    Changing Tombs

    A company that exhumes bodies.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Angkor: The Lost City (Episode 11)
    Episode 11:

    Angkor: The Lost City

    The demise of the city of Angkor happened quickly, despite its wealth, sophistication and power.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Invisible People (Episode 10)
    Episode 10:

    Invisible People

    Amazonian tribes fight encroaching settlers, drug traffickers, and disease to retain their way of life.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Dracula Unearthed (Episode 9)
    Episode 9:

    Dracula Unearthed

    Forensic entomologist Dr. Mark Benecke travels to Romania to investigate the legend of Dracula and separate truth from fiction.

  • Riddles of the Dead - War Crimes (Episode 8)
    Episode 8:

    War Crimes

    Uncovering mass graves in Serbia.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Clearing the Killing Fields (Episode 7)
    Episode 7:

    Clearing the Killing Fields

    Neda and Bonza learn to take on landmines in Bosnia.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Execution Island (Episode 6)
    Episode 6:

    Execution Island

    A survivor of the Makin raid and a one-time prisoner of war search for remains of the members of the Marine Raiders who were executed during World War II.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Leonardo: The Man Behind the Shroud (Episode 5)
    Episode 5:

    Leonardo: The Man Behind the Shroud

    Forensic scientists dig, sift and toil to unearth clues to some of the world's most compelling mysteries.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Savage Evidence (Episode 4)
    Episode 4:

    Savage Evidence

    Excavation of mass grave sites near the former UN safe haven, Srebrenica.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Forensic Frontiers (Episode 3)
    Episode 3:

    Forensic Frontiers

    Advancement of forensic science in the past two decades.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Biography of a Corpse (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:

    Biography of a Corpse

    Examination of the Body Farm; follow a body from conception to death.

  • Riddles of the Dead - Plague Hunters (Episode 1)
    Episode 1:

    Plague Hunters

    Retelling of the 1918 outbreak; microbe-battle with today's top scientists.