The PBS series “History Detectives” returns for a short season tomorrow (on most PBS stations). The series has some changes for this season. First the title has been changed to “History Detectives; Special Investigations.” In the past, there would be three mysteries solved in each episode. This season there is only one mystery in the episode. Hosts Wes Cowan and Tikufi Zubari are back and they are now joined by Kaiama Glover, a professor at Barnard College, Columbia University. Worse of all is that will be only 4 episodes.
The first episode, tomorrow, (July 1) airs on most PBS stations at 9:00 p.m. (eastern & western time) including WXXI here in Rochester. PBS stations can air the program at any time so check your local listings for the day and time if out of Rochester.
The episode tomorrow deals the sinking of the SS Sultana at the end of the American Civil War. It was one of the worst maritime disasters in American history with more than 1,800 lives lost.
The July 8th episode tries to solve who killed union leader Jimmy Hoffa and why. That is one of the most famous unsolved cases of the twentieth century.
Other episodes this this season’s series try to explain what happened to the famous big bandleader Glenn Miller, who vanished during a flight across the English Channel during World War II and the mystery of the Austin Servant Girl Murders of the 1880s. That was one of the first recorded instances of serial murder in US History.