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Mission Declassified

Mission Declassified

  • Premiered: 
    March 24, 2019
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  • Network: Travel
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Mystery
  • Tags: historical

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Plot Synopsis

MISSION DECLASSIFIED is a one-hour docuseries that follows investigative reporter Christof Putzel, as he uses declassified government documents and key sources to explore history's most legendary and notorious mysteries. By decoding these recently declassified documents, Putzel discovers new, or simply missed, clues and connections that could finally unlock decades-long mysteries surrounding legendary cold cases. In each of the nine one-hour episodes, Putzel reveals new, or simply missed, information, clues and connections from an unsolved case that takes him on a surprising and circuitous adventure into the past. In the first three episodes:

"Escape from Alcatraz" (Sunday, March 24 at 10pm ET/PT): The premiere episode begins in San Francisco, where in 1962, three prisoners escaped from Alcatraz. Officially, they died in the surrounding waters. But FBI files say otherwise. Christof braves those same waters, hunts down inside information and goes on a manhunt across two continents to track down the whereabouts of the missing men.

"The Hunt for DB Cooper" (Sunday, March 31 at 10pm): Christof jumps from a plane and digs up rare FBI files in pursuit of shocking new leads that take him from the Pacific Northwest to Las Vegas and Utah in his quest to find the real identity of hijacker DB Cooper.

"The Lindbergh Kidnapping" (Sunday, April 7 at 11pm): Christof investigates "The Crime of the Century," the kidnapping and killing of aviator Charles Lindbergh's baby in 1932. Putzel's grandfather broke that story and followed it until the execution of the convicted kidnapper, Bruno Richard Hauptmann. Now, using his grandfather's notes and declassified FBI files, he tracks surprising new leads to Germany and the Nazi Party.
On Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 10pm ET/PT, Travel Channel premiered the season finale of MISSION DECLASSIFIED. In the season ender, "Butch Cassidy's Buried Secrets," Christof uncovers new clues about the true fate of Wild West outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. He travels to the highlands of Bolivia and the mountains of Utah to dig up evidence that may finally solve this 100-year-old mystery.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Karga Seven Pictures