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  • NAT GEO INVESTIGATES

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This series combines the dramatic human drama of real life disasters with a forensic analysis of the chain of events that triggered each event. It will extend the brand's extension into iconic, historic disasters, and pilot a new approach to disasters that don't necessarily have an official investigation, under the sub-heading "Situation Critical".

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside- 21st Century Sex Slaves
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Bangladesh
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside- American Call Girl
    Type the words "the girlfriend experience" into your favorite search engine. Within seconds, you'll find ads promising companionship by the hour. The world's oldest profession is now a thriving black market economy, with an underground workforce that's just an internet connection and a phone call away. National Geographic's Mariana van Zeller journeys to the heart of the American escort industry and uncovers the gritty reality behind the supply and demand of high-end sex work.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside- Transgender
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside- Columbia's Gold War
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside- Indie Wrestling
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside American Transgender
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Terror-Interrogating Saddam
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside-Cocaine Submarine
    In this one-hour special, National Geographic cameras go inside the world of the drug cartels and explore their newest secret weapon: "Drug Subs."
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside-21st Century Sex Slaves
    A covert special forces unit, and an international team of undercover investigators join forces to hunt down a notorious sex trafficking ring. The team's mission … save thousands of women forced to be sex slaves. Their target … a Thai-Uzbek sex ring earning millions of dollars a year trafficking women from Central Asia into Bangkok and Pattaya, Thailand. This is a ring that will kill to survive.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside-The War Continues
  • Nat Geo Investigates: 21st Century Sex Slaves
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside-Megafamilies
    Most parents find it tough getting their kids up and out of the house each morning but what if you had 16? Imagine having to get 9 children to 4 different schools. Is it possible to feed 161 mouths under one roof, twice a day? And would YOU consider moving to a new house with 16 kids in tow? How do these so-called "megafamilies" work? And what's it like to be part of such a huge clan? Across three continents, three very different, amazing families are finding their own ways to cope… but in California a lack of space is pushing the Cason family to the breaking point. Are these megafamilies efficient units run with military precision...or is it simply chaos from the moment the day begins?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside-Mob's Bloody Valentine
    The St. Valentine's Day massacre is the stuff of American legend, and the tale is familiar to nearly everyone. But the story of that bloody day in Chicago has never been told, or seen, like this before. Cutting-edge graphics and frenetic recreations accompany Johnny Fratto, son of onetime Al Capone-associate Louis "Lew" Fratto, back to Chicago, where he uncovers massacre myths and learns more about the life his father and uncles led when they roamed those lawless streets in the 1920s. Johnny gets guidance and opinions from a team of renowned Chicago gangster experts, and bridges the gap between the stories he heard as a little boy and the reality he lived growing up in a mob family. Johnny's take about what happened on Feb. 14, 1929 will surprise you.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside-The Obama Whitehouse
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside Colombia Gold War
    With the price of gold soaring to historic highs, Colombia is in the throws of a gold rush unlike anything it has seen in years. Across dense jungle and the rural countryside, wildcat miners are tearing up huge swaths of land in a frenzied search for the precious metal. But even more worrying for authorities is that this gold may be fueling a new chapter in the civil conflict that has defined Colombia for the last five decades. Navigating the ever-shifting frontlines, National Geographic correspondent Mariana van Zeller examines how left wing guerillas, criminal organizations and international mining companies are all staking their claim to Colombia's gold.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside-American Transgender
    Male or female, boy or girl? Most of us can answer that question without a second thought- but for some people, the answer isn't so simple. This immersive one hour special takes us firsthand into the daily lives of three people who are transgender, revealing a remarkable slice of life. We witness their struggles and triumphs, and experience their hopes and fears. How do they manage at work, build careers, maintain friendships, and nurture lasting personal partnerships? Each of the characters in the film tells their story in their own words as we follow them through life's daily battles and victories both large and small.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside-Afghan Er
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside 9/11-The War Continues
    Inside 9/11: Ten Years Later tells the evolving story of radical Islam's war against the West. For Osama bin Laden, 9/11 was just the beginning-the attack was designed to spark a revolution and create a whole new generation of men willing to wage jihad against America. But ten years later, these same men have eclipsed bin Laden on the global stage. And their call to jihad has gone viral with terror groups using the Internet to recruit and radicalize future attackers in the name of Allah.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside- The Mob's Bloody Valentine
    The St. Valentine's Day massacre is the stuff of American legend, and the tale is familiar to nearly everyone. But the story of that bloody day in Chicago has never been told, or seen, like this before. Cutting-edge graphics and frenetic recreations accompany Johnny Fratto, son of onetime Al Capone-associate Louis "Lew" Fratto, back to Chicago, where he uncovers massacre myths and learns more about the life his father and uncles led when they roamed those lawless streets in the 1920s. Johnny gets guidance and opinions from a team of renowned Chicago gangster experts, and bridges the gap between the stories he heard as a little boy and the reality he lived growing up in a mob family. Johnny's take about what happened on Feb. 14, 1929 will surprise you.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside-Tokyo Mafia
    Tokyo. Orderly…modern…and seemingly safe. But this vast neon city hides a dark secret. For the millions who live here, it's something you don't see every day, and you may never encounter it face to face. For people on the inside, however, nothing could be more obvious than the power of Japan's infamous organized crime syndicates known as the yakuza. This evocative and groundbreaking documentary takes you inside this secretive underworld to meet the real yakuza, thugs and high-ranking bosses, plus the people who write about their every move, and the cops who track them down. Incredible personal stories and candid interviews reveal an organization both honorable and corrupt, violent and restrained, compassionate and driven by an insatiable greed.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside 9/11 - The War Continues
    Inside 9/11: Ten Years Later tells the evolving story of radical Islam's war against the West. For Osama bin Laden, 9/11 was just the beginning-the attack was designed to spark a revolution and create a whole new generation of men willing to wage jihad against America. But ten years later, these same men have eclipsed bin Laden on the global stage. And their call to jihad has gone viral with terror groups using the Internet to recruit and radicalize future attackers in the name of Allah.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside:Mumbai Terror Attacks
    On 26th November 2008, ten gunmen landed in Mumbai. Over 60 hours the gunmen killed 165 people. This program will revisit those 60 hours.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Osaka Train Crash
    When an out of control commuter train flies off the tracks and crashes into an Osaka apartment building, Japan is faced with its worst train disaster in 42 years. The impact is so great that one of the carriages is wrapped around the corner of the building, while another is buried deep within the buildings parking garage. As the number of casualties climbs, rescue workers struggle to find a way through the horrific scene in a desperate attempt to pull survivors from the wreckage. Seventy kilometers from the crash site, Dr. Takanobu Hase and his team are specialists in Confined Space Medicine a specialized, on-site form of treatment for victims trapped in dangerous spaces. Beyond the challenge of freeing the trapped passengers from the apocalyptic scene, Dr. Hase and his team are concerned about Crush Syndrome a potentially lethal reaction that occurs when "crushed" muscles are freed, causing acute kidney failure and cardiac arrest. Putting their own lives in grave danger, Dr. Hase and his team begin their painstaking work. For hours, they struggle to free the surviving passengers and transfer them to hospital. Far beyond the story of human error and disaster, this is the astonishing story of the survivors who lived to tell the tale and the heroism of the rescuers who saved them.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Mumbai Terror Attacks
    On 26th November 2008, 10 gunmen landed in Mumbai armed to the teeth, with a deadly agenda: to kill at will, hold hostages, target foreigners and grab global attention. For over 60 hours the gunmen nearly got away with it, killing over 160 people. Inside: Mumbai Terror Attacks revisits those 60 hours through the eyes of a young American couple visiting the city, a retired Indian banker held hostage in his hotel room by gunmen, a seasoned cop put in charge of the police control room and the special forces anti-terror unit called in to neutralise the gunmen. We unravel the planning, intelligence lapses and administrative failures that led to this catastrophe and highlight the feats of the heroic. Get an inside track on what really transpired in those 60 hours in Inside: Mumbai Terror Attacks.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside- the Warrior Gene
    Inside the Warrior Gene examines some scary new science that links a single gene with violent behavior. Ex-punk rocker, turned commentator, Henry Rollins has struggled with feelings of aggression his whole life. He's on a mission to find out if his rage is the product of his upbringing or if it's in his genes. Henry recruits a colorful cast of characters in his quest for the truth: Outlaw bikers, mixed martial arts fighters, Buddhist monks, gang-bangers and the most aggressive NFL linebacker of them all, Dick Butkus. A DNA test reveals which of them carries the Warrior Gene and the results provide an extraordinary insight into the human psyche. This gripping human journey seeks to answer some of man's oldest questions like 'who are we and who controls our destiny'?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Bomb On Board
    An explosion jolts the pilots of PA 434. A bomb has gone off and there's extensive damage to the plane. The flight crew is forced to attempt an emergency landing. The blast kills one passenger, and injures another ten. A notorious terrorist with a devious plan was behind the bombing. The investigation reveals the outcome could have been much worse.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Hurricane Hospital
    In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the power goes out in New Orleans and floodwaters engulf the city. As New Orleans descends into chaos, staff at Tulane Medical Center is forced to come up with their own emergency evacuation plan. Patients on life support must be rescued within hours, before the hospitals back-up generators are submerged. The challenge for the staff, paramedics and helicopter pilots is to get the sickest patients out alive before they die.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Asian Tsunami
    On 26 December, 2004, the largest earthquake in 40 years strikes deep beneath the Indian Ocean. Lasting eight minutes and stretching a record 1,600 kilometres in length, the earthquake's massive strength surpasses measurement on the Richter scale. Just after 8:15 AM, billions of tonnes of water speed towards land with a force equivalent to more than 30,000 Hiroshima bombs. Within minutes, the terrifying wall of water makes landfall, engulfing entire towns in its path. Deadly currents and dangerous debris tear buildings apart, as people across South Asia fight for survival. Ultimately claiming the lives of more than 250,000 people, it is the most devastating tsunami in recorded history and scientists are puzzled by the extraordinary size and savagery of the waves. Tsunami experts must analyze the geologic episode, looking for clues behind the tsunami's overwhelming force. Their findings re-define tsunami prediction and reveal that tsunamis may pose a greater threat than previously realized.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: IC 814 Hijack
    On Christmas Eve 1999, Indian Airlines Flight IC 814 takes off from Kathmandu, Nepal on its way to New Delhi, India. En route the flight is hijacked by five masked men who have managed to smuggle onboard guns, knives and grenades. The 189 passengers and crew on board are held at gunpoint as the hijackers force the pilots to fly to Lahore, Pakistan. As the drama unfolds we follow IC814 through its journey as it travels for hundreds of kilometers. First Amritsar, India, then Lahore, Pakistan, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and finally Kandahar, Afghanistan, then under the Taliban regime. Along the way this haphazard journey claims an innocent life...and the terrified passengers wait, locked inside the airplane. The Indian government, which does not recognize the Taliban regime, takes days to send in a team of negotiators. The hijackers are demanding the release of terrorists imprisoned in Indian jails, as well as 200 million in ransom money. Can the negotiators influence these implacable terrorists? What will happen to the passengers as the hours stretch into days? What will be the final outcome? And what will be the repercussions of the final decision?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Earthquake Rapid Response
    On 8 Oct 2005, a massive earthquake strikes Islamabad, Pakistan. Will the rescue team be able to save the survivors trapped beneath the rubble?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Us Embassy Bombings
    Downtown Nairobi, Kenya, August 7, 1998: The American embassy sits on one of the busiest intersections in the heart of the capital. At 10:39am, terrorists detonate a truck bomb at the rear of the embassy. The massive blast rips through the concrete reinforced building, reducing the interior to rubble. Seconds later, an eight-storey office block next door collapses on top of its occupants into a pile of rubble. It is one of the bloodiest terrorist attacks in history, killing 213 people and injuring 4,000 more - almost all of them African civilians. Investigators discover the bombers are part of an Al Qaeda terrorist cell that is also responsible for the simultaneous explosion at the US embassy in Tanzania's Dar es Salaam. The tragedy puts Osama bin Laden at the top of the FBI's most wanted list.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Commando Rescue
    The true stories about soldiers trapped or captured in enemy territory. Will these fallen heroes suffer the ultimate sacrifice? Or can their brothers in arms, risking life & limb, rescue them in time?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Alive In The Andes
    A plane crashed into the Andes Mountains but rescue only came 72 days later. This is the remarkable story of the survivors who endured the worst kind physical & psychological pain to save themselves.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Titanic
    In the golden age of ocean liners, one ship has been built to outpace and outshine them all: the Titanic. Billed as the "Unsinkable" ship, the Titanic is a mechanical marvel, a combination of innovative and luxurious design. However, just days after its voyage begins, the Titanic meets a catastrophic end, becoming one of the biggest shipping disasters of all time. On 14 April, 1912 at 11:40 PM, the Titanic grazes an iceberg, which causes the ship to sink, taking with it the lives of more than 1,500 people. Officials have struggled for decades to sift through the theories and conspiracy speculations to figure out what sank the massive ship. Using a groundbreaking experiment that mimics the conditions of the Titanic as it scraped the iceberg, experts find new evidence that enables them to finally conclude what brought the "unsinkable" ship down in the middle of the icy Atlantic. Titanic includes haunting commentary of eye-witness accounts, CGI and cutting-edge experiments that help bring the Titanic back to life to retrace its final moments.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Lethal Action
    North Hollywood police try to take down two escaped bank robbers. There's just one problem; these criminals are armed and extremely dangerous. A drug lord in South America slaughters men, women and children, and after repeated attempts to negotiate fail… the government has no choice but to bring his operation - and him - down. Thousands of miles away, captured Taliban warriors spiral out of control - using grenades hidden in their clothing for maximum carnage. A free for all shootout ensues. Bullets fly and bodies fall when dangerous situations end in lethal action.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Ocean Emergency
    A Finnish captain and his crew were stranded more than 450km from the nearest port, with an oncoming cyclone-force storm. How were they were rescued?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Pentagon 9-11
    On September 11, 2001, American Airlines flight 77 is hijacked by terrorists some 30 minutes after taking off from Dulles airport in Virginia. Less than an hour later, it slams directly into the Pentagon's West Wall at nearly 530 mph, destroying 30 structural columns and killing 184 innocent people and the 5 terrorists. Pentagon 9/11 deconstructs second-by-second one of the tragic events that led to the worst day of terrorist attacks on American soil.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Hollywood Shootout
    On February 28th, 1997, LAPD officers spot a robbery in progress while on routine patrol. But the situation that follows is about to turn Hollywood movie-nasty. For 40 minutes, the robbers easily outgun the LAPD in one of the most violent shootouts in US history. Squad cars are destroyed and nine officers and two civilians are shot in a hail of more than 1,100 rounds. But, miraculously, only the perpetrators die. How did two men keep dozens of fully armed police officers at bay? How did police keep themselves and many civilians from being fatally shot? How were the two criminals finally subdued?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside Megafamilies
    Most parents find it tough getting their kids up and out of the house each morning but what if you had 16? Imagine having to get 9 children to 4 different schools. Is it possible to feed 161 mouths under one roof, twice a day? And would YOU consider moving to a new house with 16 kids in tow? How do these so-called "megafamilies" work? And what's it like to be part of such a huge clan? Across three continents, three very different, amazing families are finding their own ways to cope… but in California a lack of space is pushing the Cason family to the breaking point. Are these megafamilies efficient units run with military precision...or is it simply chaos from the moment the day begins?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Cave Rescue
    A weekend adventure becomes a terrifying life and death struggle for seven French cavers when a flash flood traps them 100 metres underground. The men cling helplessly to their rafts as the bone-chilling 7 degrees Celcius water rises silently and pushes them up to the ceiling... Rescue crews find the sole entrance to the cave system is flooded making any immediate rescue attempt impossible. Only when the waters recede, can rescuers attempt to reach the men… But they are unsuccessful and turn back. After 6 days, the cavers situation is desperate. They have run out of food, energy and hope. More rainstorms make the water level in the caves rise again. The rescuers decide to drill a new entrance to the caves. Working around the clock, the drill teams create an entrance to the caves 28 meters below the ground. They search for the river they hope will lead them to the cavers. After two days of hard climbing, the rescuers finally reache the seven trapped cavers. All are alive.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Motorway Plane Crash
    A short, routine flight takes off from London's Heathrow airport heading to Belfast in Northern Ireland on January 8, 1989. The Boeing 737-400 is equipped with the latest cutting-edge technology. On board are 6 flight attendants, 2 crew and 118 passengers. Shortly after take-off an engine fails, lighting up the night sky with sparks and flames. The captain reassures the cabin that everything is under control and the crew prepares to divert to a nearby airport. But something has gone tragically wrong in the cockpit. In a terrifying conclusion, this British Midlands Flight 092 struggles to reach the runway, just missing a busy freeway, and kills 47 people. What went wrong? Investigators are shocked to discover that a fatal human error is to blame.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Classified- Terror/counter Terror: Interrogating Saddam
    Capturing Saddam Hussein is just the beginning of a battle of wills. While Hussein is held prisoner, it is the mission of junior FBI Agent George Piro to get the notorious dictator to reveal the truth about his weapons of mass destruction and alleged ties to terrorism. In an in-depth interview, Piro details how he patiently formed a powerful bond with Hussein to build the criminal case for his prosecution. In the psychological chess match that lasted 166 days, George Piro is about to checkmate.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Al Qaeda Ambush
    March 4th, 2002 a short time into Operation Anaconda. A group of elite navy SEALs attempt to insert on a mountain peak in Afghanistan. Intelligence tells them the area is clear but their Chinook helicopter comes under heavy fire. In the confusion, navy SEAL Neil Roberts falls from the helicopter and is left on the mountain. His comrades return to rescue him but are overwhelmed by a superior force. They retreat and call in a Quick reaction force consisting of highly trained rangers on two Chinook helicopters, razor 1 and 2. Razor 1, unaware of their mission and receiving bad co-ordinates, fly straight into the hot zone. They immediately take fire and their Chinook is shot out of the sky. Four men are killed instantly and many are wounded. The rangers onboard Razor 2 are forced to land lower down the mountain and face a perilous two hour hike through thigh deep snow and mortar fire to reach their ravaged comrade's. The next seventeen hours see the rangers face a desperate struggle for survival against a well armed and merciless Al-Qaeda force.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Buried Alive
    3 men survived their ordeal; the 1st was buried 6 ft under the snow, the 2nd was buried for 16 hours and 3rd was trapped 1000 ft underwater.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Plane Crash In Queens
    12 Nov, 2001, American Airlines Flight 587 slammed into Rockaway, taking the lives of 265 passengers, crew, and New York City residents. What caused the crash?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Moscow Theatre Siege
    October 23rd, 2002, In the centre of Moscow, just a few miles from the Kremlin, over 50 Chechen terrorists storm the Dubrovka Theatre, home to Russia's first broad-way style musical 'Nord-Ost' and take all of the 900-strong audience hostage. Led by the notorious rebel Movsar Barayev, the terrorists rig the theatre with explosives as the audience are surrounded by female suicide bombers known as the 'black widows'. The terrorists demands? An end to Russia's long and brutal war with Chechnya. If these conditions are not met, everyone inside will die. Over the next three days President Putin refuses to negotiate with the Chechens and a plan is hatched to use a top-secret 'knock-out' gas which will immobilize both rebel and hostage alike. Initially a success, victory turns to disaster for Russia as hostages start to die in their dozens due to the effects of the gas. What exactly went wrong during the siege of the Dubrovka theatre, why did so many die and why does Russia still, to this day refuse to reveal exactly what the gas was?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Superhuman Strength
    A climber is crushed when a half-ton boulder lands on top of him. A firefighter is pinned under flaming debris inside a burning building. A man is trapped under his one and a half-ton automobile. This programme examines how these people beat incredible odds and the science of their survival.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Munich Olympic Massacre
    The 1972 Munich Olympics holds significant promise, offering a chance to showcase a new Germany to a post-WWII world. However, this hopeful beginning meets a tragic end on September 5 at just after 4:00 AM when Palestinian terrorists kill two Israeli athletes and capture 9 others. As police struggle to handle the crisis, the terrorists anticipate their every move. By 1:30 AM on 6 September, the fighting finally stops, and all of the athletes, five terrorists and one German police officer are dead. With the circumstances behind the police's actions shrouded in mystery, one athlete's wife vows to uncover the truth. An anonymous source begins sending her copies of a classified German report investigating the police protocol. With the help of a hostage crisis expert who analyzes more than 3,000 files, the pieces of the puzzle begin to fit together. Supplemented by expert testimony, eye-witness and family member interviews, this gripping one-hour recount answers the most critical questions: How did the terrorists break into the Olympic village; how did the police's rescue plot go so terribly wrong; and how could this have been prevented?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Classified- Secret Service Files: United Nations Lockdown
    The Secret Service prepares for the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly and a high-stakes world of armoured limos and urban lockdown. As nearly the entire world’s leadership gathers in NYC, the Secret Service is responsible for the safety of not just the president, but 131 visiting heads of state. From an undisclosed location high above this massive city — no cameras have ever gained access to this secret fortress until now — the agency employs every resource in preparation for thousands of potentially disastrous situations. Step inside an armoured limo designed to outperform almost any vehicle, and follow agents as they sweep every inch of a bustling downtown hotel. See how they prepare for paralyzing gridlock, angry mobs and a terrorist bomb uncovered only hours before the dignitaries arrive as NGC captures the Secret Service’s efforts to ensure the safety of each leader.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Hunting Pablo Escobar
    In the cocaine capital of the world, violence is the law. One man, more than any other, holds the country in a bloody death grip Pablo Escobar, the worlds most notorious drug-baron. With US support Colombias President fights back, but Escobar is too strong. In a desperate bid to bring peace, the President resorts to offering a tempting deal if the drug-lord serves just a few years, hell emerge with a clean slate. Escobar surrenders, but his luxurious prison offers him a safe place to keep running his business as usual, and even commit murder. When the government decides to act, after a year of humiliation, Escobar simply walks past the guards and disappears. An elite Colombian force, backed by top-secret US military technology, finally get their man following one of the biggest manhunts in history.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Crash
    Incredible odds - incredible stories. A racing driver loses both legs in a two-hundred-mile-an-hour crash. A 13-year-old boy is internally decapitated when a car knocks him off his bike. A teenager lies trapped in his wrecked car for eight days without food or water. Learn the science behind these extraordinary tales.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: The Bali Bombing
    October 2002, 3 bombs exploded in Bali killing 202 people and leaving many badly burnt. Who could have done such a thing to the peaceful island?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Apollo 13
    With personal accounts from the crew of Apollo; James Lovell & Fred Haise, we bring to life the series of events that happened on Apollo 13.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Falling From The Sky
    A skydiver parachute fails to open and she falls into a parking lot at 30 mph. A jetliner explodes at over 30,000 feet and a flight attendant plunges to Earth. A paraglider pilot is sucked up to 20,000 feet in the eye of a storm. All these people survived. This program explores the science behind the unbelievable events that seem to be Stranger than Fiction.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Classified- CIA Confidential : Hunt For Bin Laden
    Just days after the horrific attacks of 9/11, a team of seven CIA agents snuck into northern Afghanistan and began to lay the groundwork for war. Dubbed operation "Jawbreaker," their goal was to take out al Qaeda, find Osama bin Laden and kill him. Now, NGC tells the story of this dangerous covert mission from the point of view of the CIA officers and top-secret Delta Force operators involved. Veteran intelligence officers discuss the risky methods used to gather intelligence, the high-tech devices needed to track the Taliban and the errors made in one of the biggest manhunts in CIA history.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Meltdown In Chernobyl
    At the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine, a routine test is being carried out. But human error occurs, the test goes wrong and the situation spirals out of control. The nuclear reactor core breaks down and within 56 seconds there is an explosion. 6 tonnes of radioactive fuel is ejected into the sky rising 1km into the air like an eruption. The worst nightmare within the world's nuclear industry comes true. 31 people die as a direct result of the explosion and the immediate aftermath. Faceless thousands and their offspring are still experiencing the effects of radiation.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Sas Jungle Rescue
    Elite British soldiers mount a daring rescue in a diamond-rich African trouble-spot. Eleven British peacekeepers and a Sierra Leone Army officer have been kidnapped by a notorious rebel gang, the so-called West Side Boys. High on drink and drugs and armed to the teeth, these guys are no pushovers. UK special forces, the SAS, have a motto, Who Dares Wins. How appropriate for an audacious operation that would set the standard for 21st century military raids. How did the rebels capture and keep British hostages for more than two weeks? And how did the British assault force mount such a successful attack on an unpredictable and heavily-armed rebel group?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Bolt From The Blue
    A golfer is struck on the links and his heart stops. A hiker seeks refuge under a tree during a storm and is knocked, breathless, to the ground. A chain is embedded in a tobogganers neck during a freak winter storm. All three live to tell the tale after being hit by severe lightning bolts. Learn the science behind these electric survival stories that seem....against all odds.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Pilot Vs Plane
    Air France Flight #296 (Airbus A320) June 26th, 1988 The Airbus A-320 the worlds most sophisticated passenger jet takes off for its maiden passenger flight and first-ever public demonstration. The plane is headed for the Habsheim Air Show where the pilots are planning a breathtaking, low-altitude fly-over. But after getting into position over the tiny airfield the exhibition turns to disaster. The plane plows into a forest and is consumed by flames. It is a horrible tragedy, and a public relations nightmare for Airbus. With such a huge investment on the line, there is enormous pressure on investigators to determine whether the pilot or the plane was at fault.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Collision On The Runway
    On March 27th 1977, due to a bomb scare at Las Palmas airport in the Canaries, Spain, two jumbo jets are diverted to Los Rodeos airport in Tenerife. When both planes prepare to take off on the same runway, disaster strikes. The two jumbos collide in thick and very low lying clouds. The KLM plane crashes into the top of the Pan Am jumbo, as the Pan Am plane was trying desperately to leave the runway. Both planes, fully loaded with fuel, burst into flames. All 248 on board the KLM die and only 61 of the 396 on board the Pan Am manage to survive, bringing the total death toll to 583 dead, in, what still today, is considered the world's worst air disaster
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Abraham Lincoln
    Unearthing new evidence and exploring new theories, each programme will look into a different mystery and test its validity. Using expert interviews and corroborating experiments, the key elements of each story will be investigated using the latest techniques and technology. They will be analysed by a group of ten internationally renowned specialists in their field.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: TWA 800 Plane Crash
    July 17, 1996, it's a hot summer's day in New York and TWA flight 800 from JFK to Paris is running 90 minutes late. The 230 passengers and crew swelter on the runway awaiting take off. There is no reason to suspect anything is wrong, but in less than 30 minutes the Boeing 747 explodes and plummets 16,000 feet into the waters off Long Island, killing everyone on board. There is no mayday call from the crew. The mystery spawns a theory that the plane was accidentally downed by a US Navy missile and prompts the biggest crash investigation in U.S. history. Could it have been a missile attack? Or a catastrophic mechanical failure caused by the overheated air-conditioning?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Billy The Kid
    Its the late 1870s. One of the most infamous outlaws of the American Wild West is Billy the Kid… a teenage killer who terrorizes New Mexico. His life of crime comes to an end when he is gunned down by his onetime friend and lawman Pat Garrett. This is the legend of The Kid. But closer analysis and new forensic evidence reveals his history is very different. So who is the real boy behind the legend?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Queens Air Crash
    American Airlines Flight 587 is a popular flight between New York JFK and Santa Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Just over two months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, an Airbus A300-600 takes off on this routine flight. The flight crew encounter wake turbulence on take-off, a common hazard that occurs when a plane takes off shortly after a larger plane. But something goes horribly wrong is response to the wake and within three minutes, Flight 587 is in dire trouble. The huge vertical tail has sheared off the Airbus fuselage and the plane is nose-diving onto the Rockaway area of Queens. It slams into a quiet residential area of New York, home to many firemen, police and their families already deeply affected by the events 9/11. What has caused this horrific disaster? Attention inevitably turns to terrorism, but the conclusion shocks all in the commercial aviation industry
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Cleopatra
    Cleopatra lived in turbulent times. The Roman empire was going through one of the biggest upheavals in its history and civil war spilled into Egypt. How did Cleopatra manage to survive for so long in this chaotic and violent world? The answer was to seduce and enchant Romes power-players. Popular legend says she achieved this because she was extremely beautiful. But now scholars are investigating a range of other factors that made her so successful. Amongst them is the suggestion that Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony - some of the most powerful and successful men in the Roman world - might have actually believed that Cleopatra was really a living goddess.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Crash of The Concorde
    Concorde was the world's first supersonic airliner. For 25 years it crisscrossed the Atlantic, its graceful delta shape a symbol of luxury and high technology. On July 25th, 2000 a hundred people, mostly from Germany, board Concorde on a charter flight to New York for the holiday of a lifetime. But Concorde catches fire on take off and crashes into a nearby hotel 6 miles from the threshold of the runway, killing all on board and 4 people in the hotel. Investigators analyzed the accident second by second. They discovered that when a Continental airlines plane took off a piece of metal fell off on to the runway. Five minutes later when Concorde took off, it ran over the metal strip. The tyre burst and then a large piece of it flew up and punched into the wing. The fuel tank burst. Fuel leaked over the engines and caught fire. The pilots fought to control the plane and land, but as the wing melted in the intense heat, Concorde stalled and crashed.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: 9/11: Voices From The Air
    9/11 Voices From The Air tells the extraordinary story of the 9/11 terrorist attacks through the actual audio recordings made of the days critical communications. This drama-documentary uses previously unreleased recordings made between Air Traffic Control, the Federal Aviation Authority, the Military and the Hijackers combined with personal testimony from the actual people involved. Also featured are telephone messages left by passengers from the planes and intimate interviews with their families, as they recall their loved ones final moments. This powerful one hour film combines cutting edge computer animation, news archive and stylized dramatic reconstruction to tell the story as never before.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Jack The Ripper
    One of the greatest unsolved murder cases of all time, in 1888 Jack the Ripper terrorizes the city of London, killing 5 women in gruesome attacks. Still the most infamous name in English criminal history, Jack is an enigma. Using modern crime scene analysis, Mystery Files explores the possible culprits.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Joan of Arc
    France in the 1420s: a teenage girl hears voices - words only she can hear. And she says they come from God. Joan of Arc then embarks on her holy quest: to defeat the English and win the crown of France for her king. Divine messenger, witch or warrior: how could a 19 year old have overcome the extreme pain and suffering she endured? Searching for the truth with rigorous scientific and psychological analysis, the miraculous life of Joan of Arc is re-examined.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Hindenburg Air Ship
    The largest airship ever built and the pride of Nazi Germany's government, the Hindenburg met its fatal demise on May 6, 1937. Named after the president of Germany, Paul Von Hindenburg, the airship was 245 meters long and could cruise grandly across the Atlantic at 1268 km/h. The Hindenburg epitomized an era of luxury travel. But on her first trip of the 1937 season, disaster strikes. As she approaches at Lakehurst Naval Station in New Jersey, U.S., fire breaks out and the ship is engulfed in a flames. In less than a minute, the airship is destroyed. Miraculously, only 36 of the 97 passengers and crew are killed. The Hindenburg disaster spelled the end of airships as the long distance transport of the future.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: King Arthur
    Arthur Legendary King of the Britons. From his castle at Camelot, Arthur and his knights in shining armour become the ultimate symbol of chivalry and honor. Its a fantastic story passed down through the ages. But did a King Arthur ever really exist? Piecing together clues buried in long lost ruins and fragments of surviving documents dating back 1500 years, Mystery Files investigates if a real King Arthur ever did exist.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: 9/11 - The Fireman's Story
    Ten years after the deadliest day in their history, this film tells the heroic story of the firemen of 9/11. 9/11: The Firemen's Story explores the dramatic stories of firemen on that fateful day. The stories of those who died, those who survived and those who still bear the scars. Firemen and their families speak about the day and its aftermath. Their courage and sacrifice made them national heroes but many have paid a terrible price for their bravery. This programme reveals, in their own words, the reality of what the firefighters achieved that day and the price they have paid ever since.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Chicago Air Crash
    On 25 May, 1979, a McDonell Douglas - DC10 aircraft, packed with holiday and business travellers takes off from Chicago's O'Hare Airport in the U.S. Only 31 seconds after take-off at 3:04 PM, the plane slams into a trailer park community. Hundreds of witnesses claim to have seen an engine separate from the wing upon take-off, but the three-engine DC10 should have been able to fly using just one engine. The experienced crew was thoroughly trained and the plane received routine maintenance just weeks before. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board must attempt to rebuild the plane from tiny pieces of debris and perform a second-by-second examination to find out what caused Flight 191 to crash, claiming the lives of 273 people. The terrifying conclusion propels aviation maintenance regulations into the future.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Leonardo Davinci
    Leonardo da Vinci. Perhaps the worlds most celebrated artist, 600 years ago he invented machines that belong in the modern age: the tank, the diving suit, the helicopter. His advancements in the field of flight were truly ahead of their time. He broke the mold of medieval thinkers. Or did he? Evidence suggests that Leonardo was not the revolutionary engineer that legend has portrayed him. Using cutting edge laser technology to analyse what lies behind the Mona Lisa, Leonardos most famous painting, this investigation delves deep into the genius of da Vinci.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Comet Air Crash
    In early 1954, De Havilland is at the forefront of commercial aviation, introducing the first passenger jet airliner to the world. On 10 January, 1954, a flight takes off in Rome at 10:31 AM to finish the last leg of its international journey, carrying children returning home for the school term, a famous BBC reporter and others travelling to Britain. Approximately 30 minutes later, the plane disappears from radar at high altitude and crashes into the Mediterranean Sea. Authorities confirm that all 35 passengers and crew have died, and post-mortem examinations show unusual injuries to many victims. As officials work to identify a cause, a second Comet plane crashes just three months later, with its victims also exhibiting similar injury patterns. With the entire fate of commercial jet aviation in jeopardy, Prime Minister Winston Churchill calls for a government investigation of the crash, examining everything from potential sabotage and conspiracy theories to possible faulty mechanics and human error. What brought down this flight and what could have caused the victims' strange injuries?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Man In The Iron Mask
    In 17th-century France, King Louis XIV, afraid of the threat his twin brother poses to his crown, sentences him to a terrible fate locked inside an iron mask. This is the shocking story that continues to mystify and fascinate historians and the public alike. But is there any truth to it? In an investigation which ranges from the darkest dungeons of 17th century France to the highest echelons of Louis court, experts attempt to reveal the truth.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Potomac Plane Crash
    As a winter storm blankets the Washington, DC area with inches of snow, Air Florida Flight 90 prepares for its journey. Just 24 seconds after take-off at 4:01 PM on 13 January, 1982, the plane collides with the Washington, DC's 14th Street Bridge, a major commuter bridge for the city, before crashing into the icy river below. As the plane breaks apart, five passengers and one flight attendant survive the crash only to find themselves trapped in water just one degree above freezing. Rescue workers try desperately to save the six badly injured survivors clinging to wreckage. With 78 people dead, U.S. officials now face the daunting task of uncovering why the plane crashed. Given inconsistencies between mechanical readings and survivor testimony, the team struggles to identify the root cause. . Filled with survivor stories, expert testimony, eye-witness accounts and dramatic recreations, Plane Crash Potomac offers a riveting report of the flight's final seconds from disaster.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: The Woman Who Wasn't There
    THE WOMAN WHO WASNT THERE is a psychological thriller that goes inside the mind of history's most infamous 9/11 survivor. Tania Head's jaw-?dropping tale of escape from the south tower was the most astounding: the unimaginable hell she witnessed, the injuries she suffered, and the tragic loss of her fiancée, Dave, in the north tower. She rose to national prominence when she became President of the World Trade Center Survivors' Network -- putting survivors on the map and on the road to recovery. Tania asked director Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr., to shoot a documentary about her group and they became great friends. She sat before his camera and gave a series of stunning interviews, recounting her journey in chilling detail. But, while they were shooting a problem emerged: Tania Head was never in the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001 and her entire story was an invention of her prodigious imagination. With complete access and participation from The Survivors' Network, the story is told from a unique inside perspective than has yet to be seen and allows the audience to play detective and unravel the psychological mystery of Head's magnificent tale. The documentary follows the rise of Tania, the unraveling of her story, the revelation of its fabrication, the reactions and repercussions from her closest colleagues, and it seeks to answer the one burning question that remains: who is Tania Head?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Nostradamus
    Desperately searching for ways to make sense of the 9/11 catastrophe, there are those who quickly connect the falling of the Twin Towers with the predictions of 16th-century astrologer Nostradamus. Famous in his own lifetime - European royalty heeded his warnings - his legend has grown over the centuries. Yet controversy shrouds not only his prophecies but Nostradamus himself. Could this mystical man from another time have really seen into the 21st century? Was he a genuine seer or a clever charlatan who has repeatedly bluffed a gullible public? Putting Nostardamus predictions to the test and unraveling the methods behind his uncanny powers takes us into the secret world of medieval astrology.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Space Shuttle Challenger
    Excitement and anticipation surrounds the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, U.S. This momentous endeavour would mark the first time that any civilian has been flown into space. On 28 January, 1986, school children and others watch eagerly on the ground and on television, as school teacher Christa McAuliffe prepares to become the first civilian to join the astronauts. At 11:38 AM, Space Shuttle Challenger lifts off, barrelling towards the atmosphere. However, a mere 73 seconds later, onlookers and the nation watch in horror when the shuttle is suddenly engulfed in flames and breaks apart in the sky. A full-scale enquiry of the crash is launched with NASA officials searching for clues to the shuttle's explosion, desperate to answer the most agonizing question: could this tragedy have been prevented
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Rasputin
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside 9/11: The War Continues
    Inside 9/11: Ten Years Later tells the evolving story of radical Islam's war against the West. For Osama bin Laden, 9/11 was just the beginning-the attack was designed to spark a revolution and create a whole new generation of men willing to wage jihad against America. But ten years later, these same men have eclipsed bin Laden on the global stage. And their call to jihad has gone viral with terror groups using the Internet to recruit and radicalize future attackers in the name of Allah.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Robin Hood
    Robin Hood is one of the first super heroes. Stories of the band of Merry Men robbing the rich and giving to the poor are legendary. Now evidence has been discovered to prove that Robin was a real person. Unpicking the folklore to separate fact from fiction, historians are exposing the man behind the myth. With evidence culled from ancient manuscripts and historic sites this mysterious figure begins to step out of the shadows.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Aircraft Carrier Explosion
    The fire was everywhere and the thought going through your mind is to just escape". This chilling recap from survivor Dave Dollarhide, a pilot on the USS Forrestal, details one of the most famous disasters in U.S. military history. During the Vietnam War on 29 July, 1967, Dollarhide was one of six Skyhawk pilots on deck, preparing for an airborne attack. However, the danger that day did not come from enemy fire, but from a blazing inferno on the ship itself. At 10:51 AM, as pilots prepare for take off, a sudden explosion occurs, igniting a fire that spread flames across the deck and into the heart of the ship below. Initial explosions wipe out many of the fire-fighters, leaving untrained crew members to quell the conflagration. Some 17 hours later, the fire is out and 134 men are dead. What caused the explosions that led to the deaths of these men? Footage of the fire, eye-witness testimony and investigator experiments help answer this key question.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: The Romanovs
    Can the contents of a burial site unearthed in 2007, finally reveal the true story of what happened to the lost royal children of the Tsar of Russia, who were reported to have been executed in 1918?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: The Bomb In Oklahoma City
    This programme reconstructs the terrorist attack on the Alfred P Murrah Federal building. Survivors tell their harrowing stories and investigators examine how the building collapsed killing many.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Seconds From Disaster 4- 9/11
    Tuesday, September 11, 2001, a temperate and nearly cloudless morning over the eastern United States. Millions of men and women ready themselves for work. Among them is an air traffic controller in Boston, Mass. Based on sheer intuition, he will break all protocol this morning, alerting the Air Force that a potential disaster is unfolding on his radar screen. Air Force Colonel Bob Marr, commander NEADS (North East Air Defense Sector] will scramble all he has to try and avert a catastrophe - but it will consist of only two F-15's that begin "searching for a needle in a haystack". Meanwhile, a group of 19 young men armed with simple box cutters literally fly under the radar into the World Trade Center , The Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field. From the viewpoint of these two key theaters of action, Air Traffic Control and the U.S. Air Force, "Seconds From Disaster: 9/11" deconstructs, second-by-second, the tragic events and security lapses that led to the worst attacks on American soil since Pearl Harbor. The episode contains chilling testimony from the Air Force Colonel Bob Marr , Air Traffic Controller Dave Bottiglia, Ben Sliney, the man who makes the call to ground all the planes in the air over the U.S. and John Farmer Senior Counsel for the Presidential Commission. The question has to be asked: even on the day, could 9/11 been stopped?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Royal Murder
    In or around 1483 the rightful king of England, England Edward V, and his 9 year old brother disappeared from the Tower of London amid rumour of murder - an mystery that altered the course of British history. It changed the royal bloodline, and led to a break from the Catholic Church. Their young sovereign's uncle, who eventually became King Richard III, has long been accused of the crime but investigative techniques have thrown his guilt into doubt, exposing multiple other suspects.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Explosion In The North Sea
    6 July 1998. 120 miles off the coast of Scotland, towering nearly 300ft out of the North Sea, stands the colossal Piper Alpha oil rig. It's at the hub of the North Sea's most lucrative oil field, churning out some 120,000 barrels of oil per day. But when a lapse in communication during maintenance leads to a gas leak, catastrophe ensues. A ferocious fire triggers a series of gas pipeline ruptures and explosions, killing 167 men and destroying Piper Alpha. It is the world's worst ever offshore disaster.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Bigfoot
    Is there really a giant primate running around the world's wilderness areas? Or are Bigfoot and his cousins around the world figments of our imagination? Examine the evidence for yourself with believers and skeptics alike: listen to tales of terrifying encounters, take a look at giant footprints, and examine the famous 1967 film. Follow the forensic trail - and a real sasquatch stakeout - as science goes after that most elusive of legendary creatures.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside 9/11- End Game
    September 11: Hour Four," the last and perhaps most intense portion of the series, begins in the midst of several crises. Two commercial airliners have already smashed into the Twin Towers, resulting in a treacherous rescue mission and a rising panic in New York and beyond. Meanwhile, a third team of hijackers takes control and descends on Americas center of military power, the Pentagon. And on United Airlines Flight 93, which is headed for the nations capital, passengers fight hijackers for control of the plane, sacrificing their lives as they crash into a field in rural Pennsylvania, but saving hundreds of others. Hope of salvaging those trapped in the Towers diminishes when the two great buildings collapse, killing and injuring countless victims. As the day progresses, the magnitude of the destruction comes into focus, leaving Americans traumatized and rescue teams overwhelmed. And by that afternoon, U.S. intelligence have already identified al Qaedas culpability in the tragedy, bringing the series back to where it began: Afghanistan
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Kobe Earthquake
    Japan is one of the most earthquake prone countries on the planet. On January 16, 1995, Kobe city is rocked by enormous earthquake for the first time in four centuries. It is 5.46 a.m. on a cold winter's morning in the city of Kobe, central Japan. Most of the city's million and a half residents are fast asleep or slowly starting to get up. Without warning, this normal day is torn apart when a violent earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 rocks the city and surrounding areas. Within the space of twenty seconds, almost 100,000 buildings are destroyed, leaving just under a quarter of a million people homeless and over 5500 people dead. It is a human loss on a gigantic scale. Why did the earthquake have such devastating effect on Kobe? Why weren't scientists able to predict the oncoming onslaught?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Crop Circles
    Across the English countryside, a decades-old mystery refuses to die. Are crop circles highly complex messages from the outer limits… or a man-made hoax of profound proportions? When two artists admitted in 1991 to creating hundreds of crop circles as a practical joke, it seemed the case was finally closed. But Instead, the circles started appearing more often - and in spectacularly intricate patterns. From balls of light caught on tape to baffling crop deformities, "croppies" come armed with a slew of evidence supporting their claim that the circles are the marks of UFOs or weird weather patterns. But skeptics have their own weapon - critical scrutiny - that they say proves the crop circle fields are nothing more than hogwash. Join believers, scientists, and crop circle makers for a cosmic debate.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: SKywalk Collapse
    Kansas City, Missouri, July 17, 1981: more than 1,500 revellers are enjoying a dance contest taking place in the massive, atrium-style lobby of the brand new $50 million Hyatt hotel. But in the next few moments this architectural masterpiece will become the scene of one of America's most devastating structural failures, leaving 114 dead and 186 injured. The majority of guests are on the ground level of the lobby, but many are dancing on walkways, often glamorously referred to as 'skywalks'', suspended at the second, third and fourth floor levels. At about 7:05pm a loud crack is heard and the second and fourth floor skywalk comes away from their fixings, plummeting onto the dancers below. What is to blame for the construction malfunctions of this edificial death trap?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: 9/11 and the American Dream
    9/11 touched almost every country in the world. The twin towers were home to one of the most diverse and ethnically mixed business communities in the world. Fathers and sons, and mothers and daughters had all come to New York in search of a dream. On 9/11 their dream was shattered. This film, made to mark the tenth anniversary, is a memorial to their loss. It is a record of tragedy and grief- but also of heroism and hope for the future. We tell the most heart rending, powerful, uplifting and inspirational stories from all over the world.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Exorcism
    Exorcists have been waging an epic battle of good verse evil since before Homo sapiens even had written language. Every culture, race, and religion has tried to cleanse their resident damned of malicious spirits with witch doctors, shamans, or clergymen. Then, in 1973, the world was given a spiritual wake-up call with the release of "The Exorcist"… a film that fueled a panic about what wickedness could lurk in the depths of the human soul. Ever since, a renewed obsession with Satan and his unwitting human hosts has thrived in popular culture, leading us to wonder… is the notion of exorcism just the fanciful imagination of Hollywood screenwriters? Are the growls, convulsions, and belligerence displayed by an otherwise sane individual really proof that minions of hell have invaded a poor victim's soul… or is all this so-called evidence just a load of holy bunkum? Follow demon-busters as they exorcise the possessed, join scientists as they probe the human brain in search of "evil spirits", and ask yourself… did the devil really make you do it?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Ghost
    Since the dawn of time, disturbing tales have emerged from some of the most haunted places in the world. Folks with a penchant for the supernatural claim that disembodied voices, sudden temperature changes, and wisps of ectoplasm are irrefutable proof of ghostly stomping grounds. Time to call in the ghostbusters? Or maybe just have our heads examined?From phantom images caught on tape to strange orbs of light that careen through creepy places, we'll follow scientists who probe the minds of the haunted... and dissect the most compelling evidence of ghostly visitations with paranormal detectives.Believers and scientists roll up their sleeves for a chilling debate.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside 9/11-Countdown to Terror
    Inside 9/11 - Hour 2 As the clock ticks down to zero hour, seemingly random and isolated events begin to coalesce and form a tapestry of what will become known as 9/11. The 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The African Embassy bombings. The USS Cole bombing. All orchestrated by an obscure Saudi millionaire that few Americans have even heard of - a man who has declared war on the western world from a remote base in Afghanistan. And while these attacks occur around the globe, four men gradually insinuate themselves into the western world, studying in German universities, learning to fly aircraft, living amongst us, blending into a culture they have sworn to destroy. American intelligence knows that something is coming; they've monitored communications, successfully prevented some attacks, failed to identify others, and even tracked some of the men who are planning the most deadly terror assault in history but it is too little too late. As dawn breaks on a beautiful early September morning the world is about to change horribly in ways only a few have dreamed possible.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Bali Bombing
    On October 12, 2002, the peaceful island of Bali, Indonesia was stunned by the worst terrorist attacks since 9-11. At 11:07 pm a bomb explodes at the busy Paddy's Bar in Kuta Beach, Bali. Fifteen seconds later, a second, massive blast devastates the Sari Club across the road. Then a smaller third bomb - a calling card - explodes outside the US Consulate in another part of Bali. Paddy's Bar and Sari Club are situated on a popular strip of nightclubs and restaurants on Kuta Beach. The streets are packed full foreigners out for the night. Balinese whizz around on motorbikes and the street is bumper-to-bumper with cars. This is a hugely popular place, for young Australians in particular. But now Kuta Beach has turned into a living hell. 202 people lose their lives and many suffer horrific burns as they escape the fires and debris. Who could have done such a thing to the peaceful island of Bali? How will investigators catch those responsible?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Monsters of The Deep
    Is it possible that remnants of pre-historic Plesiosaurs and sea creatures still exist - living in the shadows where science has yet to reach? To find out, we join cryptozoologists and witnesses on a monster hunt stretching from the San Francisco Bay to British Columbia's Lake Okanagan; examine the video and photographic evidence with a forensic analyst; attempt to capture the beast with our own cameras and animators; and visit a marine invertebrate expert to test the perplexing globsters for monster DNA.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside 9/11-Zero Hour
    Inside 9/11: Hour Three gives a detailed and moving account of what exactly happened on the tragic day of September 11th. In the early hours of this historic morning, nineteen al Qaeda soldiers pass through airport security, ready to enact Osama bin Ladens carefully orchestrated "Planes Operation." The group is led by four men who have received extensive flight training and are prepared to crash passenger jets into chosen targets. Once the hijackers board and take control of their four separate planes, they begin their descent on what they perceive to be symbols of American oppression. At 8:46 AM, American Flight 11 crashes into the upper portion of the World Trade Centers North Tower. Less than twenty minutes later, United Flight 175 crashes into the South Tower, making it clear that this is an intentional attack. The FDNY and various other rescue workers make a desperate attempt to save those trapped in the upper levels of the buildings, but many cannot be reached. Hundreds of lives are lost and injuries sustained as the disaster escalatesand it is about to further intensify as the other two hijacked planes rapidly approach the Pentagon and the capital city, Washington, DC
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Mount St. Helen Eruption
    It is a beautiful spring morning in picturesque Washington State, U.S. on May 18, 1980. In the shadow of Mount Saint Helens, one of the most active of the continent's volcanoes, people are waking up, having breakfast and starting to go about their daily business. Suddenly and brutally, this idyllic scene is shattered when the mountain violently erupts. In a matter of minutes, ash fall has turned day to night, 600 square kilometers have been laid waste and 57 people have lost their lives in one of the biggest recorded explosions of all time.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Episode 1
    At 25 years and counting, Explorer is the longest-running documentary series on television. Because of its uniquely broad scope this series has been able to document global change in a unique way.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Spontaneous Human Combustion
    Is Spontaneous Human Combustion (SHC) the gruesome result of a mysterious fire within the body, or the misinterpretation of a rare - but very real - type of external fiery burn. Paranormal Investigators, Forensic Biologists, Physicists and Fire Experts examine the evidence and the theories: from pyrotrons in the body run awry, to poltergeists; ball lightning to the wick effect. These theories are applied to a documented SHC case, and are used to investigate the story of a recent survivor of a mysterious fire.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Texas Oil Explosion
    Texas City is home to one of the largest refineries in the U.S., which covers 500 hectares and produces more than 41 million litres of gasoline each day. On Wednesday, 23 March, 2005 at 1:20 PM, it becomes ground zero for the biggest chemical accident the Houston area has seen in 15 years. What begins as routine maintenance work ends in tragedy as highly flammable liquid hydrocarbon floods the refinery's system, overflowing the vast tank and bursting through the ventilation tower. The vapour forms pools outside the tank that are ignited by a spark from a nearby truck engine. The resulting blast is felt from up to eight kilometres away. In total, 15 people are killed and over 100 are seriously injured, while officials are left scrambling to pick up the pieces and find the cause of this disaster at the Beyond Petroleum (BP) refinery. Their conclusions result in a total re-evaluation of refinery safety procedures.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Osama Rising
    September 11: Hour One begins to trace the road to 9/11. It attempts to distill the mosaic of people, places, ideology and events that lead up to the day through the use of specific, pivotal vignettes. This hour's arc begins with Soviet Afghanistan, 1979 and leaves off in al Qaeda's Afghanistan, 1996 (from which point Hour 2 continues). But the story to 9/11 could just as easily be started somewhere in between, with one aspect, one of the suspected origins of the 9/11 plot. Pakistani bombmaker Ramzi Yousef was not a member of the al Qaeda, the group which executed the September 11th attack; he was the mastermind behind the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. His aim was to hit at the country whose policies in the Middle East angered him. Other radical Muslims shared his aim, but their beginning stretches back to 1979, when Afghan rebels, mujahedin, waged jihad, or holy war, to fend off invading Soviet troops. The jihad to save oppressed Muslims became a lightening rod for radical Muslims around the world, and outsiders who joined the jihad would appropriate the term for aims that exceeded the Afghans' intent. Among those drawn to the region in the name of jihad was a wealthy young Saudi, Osama bin Laden. By the end of the Soviet-Afghan war, bin Laden had positioned himself as the Robin Hood of jihad. He helped develop the wider jihad network, had co-founded a group named al Qaeda, or "the base", that would make use of this network and had usurped power from his mentor to control the network. By mid-1996, Ramzi Yousef had been captured for the first World Trade Center attack, and U.S. intelligence was beginning to understand the larger threat of a jihad against America spearheaded by al Qaeda. What Yousef started would be finished by bin Laden, who first heard of a "planes operation" soon after he returned to Afghanistan.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Miracle Cures
    Miracle Cures these powerful words suggest the unexplained, the supernatural, and, most importantly, the divine. Nowadays, the term has taken on a less-than-holy connotation; just another tool in the ad execs arsenal to describe the latest "stamina" pill, hair loss solution, or multivitamin. But these are merely miracles of science, if they are to be called miracles at all. What, then, happened to divinely inspired old-fashioned miracle cures? And does science have an answer for those as well? Join us as we travel the globe in search of sites and people with purported powers to cure the sick and heal the lame will we see the light?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Seconds From Disaster- 9/11
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Sioux City
    On July 19, 1989, a DC10-10 operated by United Airlines flight 232 experiences a catastrophic failure on its number two tail mounted engine during the flight. The tail engine's fan disc splits. It severs all the hydraulic lines. The plane becomes uncontrollable. A flying instructor heads to the cockpit and offers his assistance. Together they manage to wrestle the plane to the ground but the plane starts plunging towards the runway at Sioux City, Iowa, U.S at speeds almost three times the normal rate. In a dramatic emergency landing, it cartwheels, veers right into a field, breaks into three parts and erupts in a massive fireball. Of the 285 passengers on board 112 were killed.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: UFOs
    Do flying saucers really make interstellar pit-stops on planet Earth? The evidence abounds... videotape and photographs depict large, glowing, disc-like objects hovering over the countryside... mysterious, perfectly circular rings in the grass are discovered all over the globe... and real-life testimonies of close encounters are a dime a dozen. And each year, millions of people claim to be abducted by curious little aliens, who whisk them away in their mother ship and conduct terrifying experiments on them. Are extra-terrestrials plotting a take-over? Or, have we all just seen one too many science fiction films? We'll analyze the claims and dissect the evidence with astronomers, psychologists, and even a fungus expert... as we take a scientific spin through the outer limits.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Wreck of The Sunset Limited
    The captain of a towboat pushing six barges up the Mobile river in Alabama, U.S. becomes disoriented by a dense fog. Unwittingly, he enters a nearby bayou and doesn't realize that one of his barges has collided with a rail bridge. Meanwhile, a few kilometers away, the Amtrak Sunset Limited is heading straight towards the damaged bridge at 116 km/h. Wreck of the Sunset Limited examines Amtrak's worst accident, which killed 47 people on September 22, 1993
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Ancient Astronauts
    Evolution, intelligent design or alien visitation? A dedicated group of believers insist that we were visited by aliens thousands of years ago and we owe our existence to them. Some experts arent so sure. Join the National Geographic Channel as Is It Real? examines the evidence and separates the science from the science fiction.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Singapore Hotel New World
    On March 15, 1986, Singapore experiences the worst national disaster since the end of the Second World War. At 11.25 a.m., Hotel New World, a popular budget hotel, bank and nightclub in Singapore's Little India District collapses like a pack of cards. In less than a minute the occupants of the building are buried under a mammoth pile of concrete and debris. Fifty people are trapped - many in the upper layers of the rubble but a number have fallen into the basement car park below the building. They are plunged into complete darkness with 6 storeys of concrete on top of them. Rescue team crawl through small tunnels in the rubble to pull out bodies and provide glucose and saline drips to the victims. Eventually, they rescue 17 people, but 33 people loose their lives. Why did the building suddenly collapse? Were there warning signs? Why did no one take any notice?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Puerto Rico Gas Explosion
    About 8:30 a.m. on November 21, 1996, a commercial building in San Juan, Puerto Rico, explodes due to a natural gas leak. Thirty-three people were killed, and at least 69 were injured. The building was situated in Rió Piedras, a shopping district in San Juan. The structure was a six-story mixture of offices and shops, owned by Humberto Vidal Inc. Investigations revealed that an inactive gas service line that had once serviced the Chicken Kingdom. restaurant leaked though a corrosion hole caused by excavation damage. How could have the gas leak been prevented? Why wasn't it detected earlier?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Fire On The Ski Slope
    A Funicular railway winds its way up the Kitzsteinghorn Mountain in Austria. It's a beautiful day and 162 passengers are making the short trip to the world famous ski slopes. As the train enters a tunnel, passengers realise there is a fire on board. Within minutes an inferno takes hold and 155 people lose their lives in what is to become Austria's worst peacetime disaster. How did the fire begin? Funicular trains have no engines or fuel tanks. Could one of the passengers have started the blaze? Why was the death toll so high when everyone managed to get out of the carriages?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Bermuda Triangle
    Boats vanish, planes disappear. Theres rarely a mayday, never a trace. What exactly is going on in the sinister sea known as the Bermuda Triangle? A dedicated cadre of believers thinks they may have dredged an answer from the deadly waters. Experts think they might need to throw it back. Join us on an intriguing investigation as Is It Real? examines the evidence with results that might just make you rethink that tropical vacation.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Gare De Lyon
    Gare de Lyon, Paris, 27 June 1988, a frantic train driver calls the stationmaster at Gare de Lyon, with terrible news. His train is out of control, heading downhill towards one of Paris' biggest stations. After desperate attempts to slow the train and hysterical calls to the Paris station, he leaves his cab and moves passengers to the rear of the runaway train. Seconds after his last call, the train careers into the station and ploughs into the back of a packed stationary commuter train which sits still on the platform. Fifty-six people die in what, at the time, was the worst disaster in French railway history. There is an enormous public outcry and three separate inquiries into the accident are set up. Why exactly did the brakes fail? And why, when the station knew that the train was in trouble, didn't they divert it away from a crowded platform?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Chupacabra
    Is it a prehistoric animal emerging from its shadowy den for the first time in a millennia? Perhaps it is a product of a top-secret genetic experiment gone awry? There are hundreds of theories for what is viciously sucking the blood from goats, horses, and other livestock in Central and South America. Whatever it is, locals call it just one thing "el chupacabra", in English, "the goatsucker". A farmer in Nicaragua decides to take action after the chupacabra claim 25 of his sheep in just weeks. On a night watch he sees the goatsuckers' glowing eyes and fires his rifle into the darkness. Is the fanged creature that lay before him the chupacabra? This case and others have inspired a chupacabras fervor that has taken Latin America by storm. Chupacabra tee-shirts, merengue tunes, and even an annual festival in the border town of Zapata, Texas, U.S., are all spin-offs from the ghastly livestock murders. Is the chupacabra sensation really just a product of rampant hysteria and tall tales? Or is it real?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Kegworth
    A short, routine flight takes off from Londons Heathrow airport to Belfast in Northern Ireland. The Boeing 737-400 is equipped with the latest, cutting-edge technology. On board are 6 flight attendants, 2 crew and 118 passengers. Shortly after take-off an engine fails, lighting up the night sky with sparks and flames. The Captain reassures the cabin that everything is under control and the crew prepare to divert to a nearby airport. But something has gone spectacularly wrong in the cockpit. In a terrifying conclusion, British Midlands Flight BD092 struggles to reach the runway and crashes into a busy freeway (motorway), killing 47 people. What went so wrong? Investigators are shocked to discover a basic and fatal error is to blame…
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Davinci's Code
    clandestine brotherhood. An enigmatic genius. A forbidden secret. Together they form the plot of Dan Browns immensely popular novel The Da Vinci Code. Fiction? Yes, but, according the books opening page, all based on verifiable evidence. Or is it? Join us on an intriguing investigation into the facts and fallacies presented in the runaway bestseller, with results that might just rewrite history.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Da Vinci's code
    Did Jesus and Mary Magdalene marry and have children? Did Leonardo hide coded messages about the conspiracy in his most famous masterpieces?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Schiphol
    A fully-loaded El-AL 747 cargo flight takes off from Amsterdam's Schipol Airport on October 4, 1992. As it climbs steeply over one of Europe's most densely populated cities, the two enormous engines on the right wing suddenly sheer off and fall to earth. After an eight-minute struggle to get back to the airport, the fully fuelled jumbo jet ploughs into a crowded apartment block. Miraculously only forty-three people are killed. Was this a terrorist attack, catastrophic mechanical failure or a freak accident? Using advanced computer simulations and reenactments Seconds from Disaster reveals what really downed EL-Al Flight 1862.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Extreme Sleepwalking
    Some people eat in their sleep. Some lash out at their spouses. But is it possible that people can commit complex crimes even murder while they are sleepwalking? Join us in an intriguing investigation at the crossroads of science and the law, with results that just might keep you up at night.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Us Embassy Bombing - Nairobi
    Downtown Nairobi, Kenya, August 7, 1998: The American embassy sits on one of the busiest intersections in the heart of the capital. At 10:39am, terrorists detonate a truck bomb at the rear of the embassy. The massive blast rips through the concrete reinforced building, reducing the interior to rubble. Seconds later, an eight-storey office block next door collapses on top of its occupants into a pile of rubble. It is one of the bloodiest terrorist attacks in history, killing 213 people and injuring 4,000 more - almost all of them African civilians. Investigators discover the bombers are part of an Al Qaeda terrorist cell that is also responsible for the simultaneous explosion at the US embassy in Tanzania's Dar es Salaam. The tragedy puts Osama bin Laden at the top of the FBI's most wanted list.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Feral Children
    Green monkeys, wild dogs, grey wolves…chickens? Would any of these animals be capable of raising or caring for a child? What kind of world do we live in when a child has a wild animal for a caretaker? Can history confirm these phenomena or dispel them all to be a farce? Experts join in to share their knowledge as Is It Real? takes you on a fascinating journey to near and far to get to the bottom of this monkey business.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Ghost Ships
    Tales of GHOST SHIPS, ghastly and cursed, have intrigued and haunted us for centuries. From phantom ships manned by the souls of the damned to the Queen Mary, an ocean liner that echoes at night with the moans of dead sailors and the Mary Celeste, a ship whose crew vanished into thin air. It seems there's more supernatural activity on the open ocean than in all the graveyards in the world. Could these legends be real? Can they be explained away by science and logic or is there something unexplainable going on?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inside American Call Girl
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Tornado Outbreak
    In the golden age of ocean liners, one ship has been built to outpace and outshine them all: the Titanic. Billed as the "Unsinkable" ship, the Titanic is a mechanical marvel, a combination of innovative and luxurious design. However, just days after its voyage begins, the Titanic meets a catastrophic end, becoming one of the biggest shipping disasters of all time. On 14 April, 1912 at 11:40 PM, the Titanic grazes an iceberg, which causes the ship to sink, taking with it the lives of more than 1,500 people. Officials have struggled for decades to sift through the theories and conspiracy speculations to figure out what sank the massive ship. Using a groundbreaking experiment that mimics the conditions of the Titanic as it scraped the iceberg, experts find new evidence that enables them to finally conclude what brought the "unsinkable" ship down in the middle of the icy Atlantic. Titanic includes haunting commentary of eye-witness accounts, CGI and cutting-edge experiments that help bring the Titanic back to life to retrace its final moments.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Hauntings
    What if your wife began to levitate and your house suddenly started oozing green slime? Would you think it was haunted? Join us in an intriguing investigation at the crossroads of science and the supernatural, with results that just might scare you to death. OR From the famous Amityville Horror case to a country and western bar to an English castle, hauntings appear all around the world. But are they real? Join us in an intriguing investigation at the crossroads of science and the supernatural, with results that might leave you quaking in your boots
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Tunnel Inferno
    Beneath Europe's highest mountains, the seven-mile long Mont Blanc road tunnel connects France and Italy through the Alps. Disaster strikes when a freight truck catches fire, creating a deadly inferno. A 53-hour fire-fight and a death toll of 39 people reveals why tunnels all over the world could be second from disaster. The Monte Blanc Tunnel Fire details the events that led to one of the world's worst road traffic tunnel accidents on March 24th, 1999
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Derailment At Eschede
    The German Inter City Express (ICE) was considered the ultimate in safe and luxurious high-speed train travel. But on June 3rd, 1998, a train derails as it travels at 125mph towards the sleepy town of Eschede, and slams against a 300-ton concrete bridge which falls onto the train. Carriages accordion and in 180 seconds 101 passengers are killed in the world's worst high-speed rail disaster to date. Why?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Life On Mars
    As long as we have lifted eyes into space, we have dreamed one day finding life on another planet. Scientists believe Mars may be the planet in our solar system that has life. But is there really life on Mars? Join Is it Real?: Life on Mars as the National Geographic Channel analyzes the data of the foremost minds in planetary science and amateur "researchers" who have dedicated their lives to the subject, scrutinizes pictures of the surface of Mars and explores Mars-like terrain here on earth. NGC separates soaring scientific triumphs from flights of pure fancy.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Secret Service Files-United Nations Lockdown
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Flood At Stava Dam
    In a beautiful valley in the Italian mountains a threat looms. High above the villages a reservoir of wastewater is slowly filling to bursting point. On 19th July 1985 at 22 minutes past mid-day the dam breaks. A colossal landslide surges down the valley at 56mph heading for the village of Tesero. The muddy mass kills 268 people and destroys everything in its path. Over 2 and a half miles are covered with a thick layer of mud. Had there been an earthquake? Or could one of the world's worst industrial catastrophes have occurred.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Russia's Nuclear Sub Disaster
    On August 12, 2000, the Russian Navy's Kursk submarine is taking part in what was supposed to be a military training exercise when two explosions, 135 seconds apart, send her plunging to the bottom of the Barents Sea. Though 23 submariners initially survive the blasts, all 118 men on board eventually perish. What could have caused such catastrophic explosions? Was it sabotage, an accidental fire, or a collision with an American submarine? And why didn't the men who initially survived the blasts escape?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Nostradamus Effect
    For centuries humans have sought to predict the future, consulting oracles and seers. Whether it is the Bible Code, the Mayan Code or the Celestine Prophesy, books claiming to foretell the future continue to be popular. Nostradamus, one of the world's most widely known and read prophets, is probably more famous today than was in his own time, 500 years ago. But one thing Nostradamus didn't predict was that he would become a one-man industry in the 20th century. Mathematicians examine how the Bible Code can predict anything from the dates of wars and assassinations to the name of your dog. Track the prophesies of today's premier "seers" like Sylvia Brown and make your judgment. Is it possible to predict the future?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Superstore Collapse
    In less than 20 seconds on 29 June, 1995 at 5:52 PM, a major superstore in Seoul, South Korea with 1,500 employees and shoppers inside collapses, sending thousands of tonnes of rubble to the ground. Rescue workers begin the agonizing mission of pulling out survivors while investigators scramble to ascertain the cause of the collapse, which killed more than 500 people. Was it terrorism or another gas blast that continually rock the city? What the officials uncover terrifies them and its aftermath affects an astonishing 98 percent of buildings in South Korea. Superstore Collapse highlights the unimaginable stories of survivors trapped for approximately two weeks beneath thousands of tonnes of steel, concrete and rubble. Living off rainwater in a space barely larger than her body, one survivor shares her harrowing ordeal. With its combination of extraordinary survivor struggles, news footage and computer recreations, Superstore provides the ultimate story of survival and hope amid destruction and despair.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Inferno At Guadalajara
    A subterranean infrastructure of sewers, gas, and water pipes keeps every modern city alive. We take them for granted until something goes wrong. On April 22nd 1992 in the Mexican city of Guadalajara things went very wrong. Five underground explosions ripped through the Reforma neighborhood. Eight km (5 miles) of streets were destroyed. Over 200 people were killed. Now using cutting edge computer technology 'Seconds From Disaster' reveals exactly what went wrong in Guadalajara. Disasters don't just happen. They're a chain of critical events. We unravel the fateful decisions - that lead to the catastrophe. Block after block is destroyed, hundreds of homes and businesses are damaged, and over 15,000 people are left homeless. The official death toll is 206, and over 1400 people suffer injuries.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Zeebrugge Ferry Disaster
    This episode profiles the worst peacetime maritime accident since the Titanic in 1912. At 6 p.m. on March 6, 1987, passenger ferry, 'The Herald of Free Enterprise', with approximately 459 passengers on board, sets sail from Zeebrugge in Belgium across the English Channel to the port town of Dover, Britain. It was an extremely cold yet calm night on the seas and apart from running five minutes late, everything appeared normal. But less than thirty minutes after leaving the port, The Herald jolts and tilts to portside. At first it is just thought to be rough seas, but moments later a more extreme jolt causes her to capsize. Within 90 seconds, the Herald turns on her port side and is resting on a sandbank, leaving hundreds of crew and passengers to battle their way out. 193 people lost their lives that night. What caused The Herald of Free Enterprise to capsize? Was it the crew's fault or design defect?
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Secrets of The Shroud
    It is one of Christendoms most priceless treasures: revered for centuries, worshiped by thousands of the faithful, or perhaps the work of a cunning 14th century forger. What do we really know about the Shroud of Turin? Can science unlock the mystery once and for all? Scientists from both sides of the debate investigate in an attempt to understand the mysterious origin of this precious relic, or priceless work of art, called the Shroud of Turin.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Everglades
    On May 11, 1996, ValuJet Flight 592 departed Miami for Atlanta with 110 passengers and crew aboard. But just minutes after take-off, the DC-9 began plummeting from the sky, ultimately slamming into the Florida Everglades with such force that the wreckage all but disappeared in the alligator-infested swamp. In one of the most puzzling disasters in U.S. aviation history, investigators finally determine that improperly loaded air cargo had caused an intense and crippling fire on board, and to a tragedy that should never have happened.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Stigmata
    It is a religious mystery that continues to captivate the imagination, stigmata wounds that duplicate those that Christ endured at his crucifixion. The Catholic Church has beatified or canonized some stigmatics. Are these wounds really gifts from God? Or is it more likely they are self-inflicted? The wounds bleed from the places the stigmata appears for an unknown amount of time and then without warning, heal and disappear. The person is in pain when the bleeding occurs and often the wounds emit a perfumed odor. Some theologians who have studied the stigmata phenomenon weave a compelling argument that these wounds are real. However, it is well established that many stigmatics were engaging in trickery. Skeptics and magicians show how easy it would be to fake your own stigmata. Take a look into the possible psychosomatic causes that can appear to be stigmatism, but actually may be just a remarkable manifestation of mind over matter.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Kings Cross
    At Kings Cross, Britain's busiest Underground rail station, the evening rush hour on November 18, 1987, is passing uneventfully with the usual 100,000 passengers. But by 7:30pm, a carelessly discarded match sparks a chain of events that causes the deadliest fire in the Underground's history, killing 31 people. When firemen arrive, the fire is small and containable, but within a couple of minutes, it erupts into a deadly fireball with a ferocity that defies explanation. Solving this puzzle involves a detailed investigation into fire dynamics and the discovery an entirely new phenomenon dubbed the 'trench effect'.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Vampires
    Everyone knows Count Dracula is the product of Bram Stokers imagination, but is this enduring pop-culture icon based in reality? With the help of historians, folklorists, forensic science and modern medicine we investigate the enduring vampire myth. We travel to the Carpathian Mountains in Romania to find out whether the fictional count was based on a real-life historical figure. We meet a modern-day vampire who drinks human blood to replenish his energy. And a forensic scientist explains why a family might be convinced that a recently deceased relative has turned into vampire and is feasting on the blood of the living.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Eruption On Montserrat
    The tranquillity of Montserrat, an island paradise in the Caribbean, is shattered in 1995 when the Soufriere Hills erupt for the first time in recorded history. The eruption takes the population of Montserrat by surprise. Scientists flock to the island and closely monitor the volcano over the next two years. Evacuations take place and an exclusion zone is mapped out. Then at 12:45pm on June 25th 1997 two years after the first eruption a massive tremor rocks the mountain. A plume of hot ash and steam soon spews into the air; reaching 45,000 feet in a matter of minutes and shrouding half the island in darkness. There follows 25 minutes of violent activity. When the ash finally settles many hours later, a scene of total devastation is revealed; many villages are buried and 19 people are dead. Many others are lucky to be alive. Montserrat is scandalised by the deaths and an investigation gets underway to discover how and why the deaths occurred.
  • Nat Geo Investigates: Fire On The Star
    It's Easter, 1990. People board the ferry, 'Scandinavian Star', for the night crossing from Norway to Denmark. Many are off to visit family for the holiday weekend. Some will reach their destinations; but others will be dead in less than 6 hours. In the early hours of the morning a fire breaks out in a corridor on Deck 3. Many passengers are sleep in their cabins on the decks above; they are completely unaware of the blaze. Within minutes fatal fumes are produced, they filter rapidly to the decks above. People are overcome in their sleep. The investigators piece together the events of the night second by second. They discover why the fire spread so swiftly and why it was so toxic. Was the fire an accident or was it a case of arson? Date: 6th-7th April 1990. Fatalities: 158"
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