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Ben Franklin's Bones

Season 14 Episode 1 | 54m 41s

When skeletal remains of at least 10 people turned up in the basement of Benjamin Franklin’s British residence, people wondered if the Founding Father might have had a much darker side. Franklin was aware of the bodies in his basement, but they weren’t the victims of violent acts. Rather, they were used for the purposes of an illegal anatomy school that helped shaped modern medicine.

Aired: 01/27/15 | Expires: 02/14/24
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