Secrets of the Dead: Season 12 (2012 - 2013)

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Season 12
Secrets of the Dead

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Air date: Oct 23, 2012

This episode of the long-running PBS series tells the little-known story of Soviet submarine commander Vasili Arkhipov, who likely averted World War III when he rejected a call to launch a nuclear torpedo while trying to elude U.S. warships during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Air date: Apr 25, 2013

The thoughts and opinions of German POWs during World War II are revealed in this installment, which relies on transcripts from an MI19 (British military intelligence) bugging operation that secretly recorded the conversations of 4000 German prisoners. Included: dramatic reenactments based on the transcripts.

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Air date: May 8, 2013

An investigation into the 1832 deaths of 57 Irish laborers who were laying railroad tracks in Pennsylvania. Cholera was blamed at the time, but modern forensic science sheds light on what really happened.

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Air date: May 15, 2013

The discovery of a tomb of 49,000-year-old Neanderthal bones in a remote region of northern Spain leads to an attempt to learn why this particular Neanderthal group died and, in addition, if their deaths can help explain the extinction of Neanderthals.

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Air date: Jul 10, 2013

Egyptologist Chris Naunton investigates the mysteries that surround Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen and his tomb, which went undetected for thousands of years until being discovered by archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922. Included: how Tut died; what happened to his body after mummification; and whether he was buried in a tomb meant for someone else.

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Air date: Jul 23, 2013

Historian Charles Allen attempts to verify or dismiss an 1898 find in northern Indian that many experts have long deemed a hoax: Buddha's bones and ashes. The remains were discovered in an inscribed reliquary jar found buried inside a stone coffer that was found while excavating a hill.

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Critic Reviews for Secrets of the Dead Season 12

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The tale, we're told, is "better than fiction," and it might well be were it not weakened by Secret's reliance on cheesy re-creations. Give us the history straight up, please.

Mar 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Quite interesting... It's a fascinating journey.

Mar 9, 2020 | Full Review…

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